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We’ve been in building supply since 1904. Proving quality building materials is only part of the equation. Our staff is always friendly, always knowledgeable. We’ve hired and trained the best so contractors and “weekend warriors” alike can get the information they need. Build with confidence.

General Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful Videos From Vendors

Get Help With Building Codes

Construction Terminology

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I burn treated wood?

No. Treated wood is hazardous to your health when burned. Always dispose of it properly.

Do you deliver?

Yes. We have a fleet of well-maintained delivery trucks to offer delivery in the greater Grand Traverse area. Click here to learn more.

Can you assist my project design and material selection?

Yes, gladly. We’ve got a phenomenal staff that’s ready to help you design your kitchen, deck, or other projects. We’ll help you select the right materials for your needs and budget too.

Are you open to the public?

Yes. While we service contractors of all levels in the greater Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties areas, we’d love to add you to a growing contingent of do-it-yourselfers that trust our quality and expertise.

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See it Yourself with Videos

Our experienced team is always here to provide you with knowledge and advice, but what about on the site of your project? We’ve built a library of some of our vendors most popular how-to and tips videos.

Andersen Windows
Wolf Home Products
PPG Paints

Building Codes and Permits

Common questions about permits and codes, plus links to buy the codes if you need them. As always, Northern Building Supply is here to help guide you both online and in-store.

What construction projects require a building permit?

With very few exceptions, most new construction will require a building permit. Projects to existing structures also require permits. Additions, decks, siding, re-shingling, change of use, all need permits. Essential for safety, any project that requires structural or load-bearing modifications for safety.

What is a building code?

Building codes are the minimum set of standards to follow for the construction of structures that we use and occupy. They keep things both standardized and safe.

Who needs building codes?

Construction and remodeling projects need building codes. More generally, we all rely on building codes to establish confidence in the basic quality and safety of structures.

What building code do I need?

Currently, the “2015 Michigan Residential Code” applies to one and two-family dwellings. All other structures rely on the “2015 Michigan Building Code.” These codes are based on international standards. Other plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes are also available through the International Code Council (ICC).

How do I get building codes or more information?

Your county-level government organization has information for applications/permits, inspections, and codes. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) also has great information on their Bureau of Construction Codes page. Click the images to purchase a physical or PDF version of the codes from ICC.

Residential Building Code Book Cover

Glossary of Construction Terminology

Sometimes the building industry uses jargon you might not be familiar with. We’ve included some terminology our customers have found helpful.

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