Agencies, Bureaus & Commissions

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is composed of the following agencies, bureaus and commissions that promote business growth and job creation through streamlined, simple, fair, and efficient regulation, and at the same time protect the health and safety of Michigan's citizens.

LARA Organizational Chart PDF

Description: BulletCorporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL)
Performs the public facing duties of helping to grow business activity in Michigan through the Corporations Division, and by protecting the health, welfare, and safety of Michigan citizens through regulatory and licensing functions of the Securities & Audit and Commercial Licensing divisions.

Corporations Division
Promotes economic growth by facilitating the formation and development of business entities in Michigan while ensuring compliance with reporting and registration requirements.

Securities & Audit Division
Administers the Michigan Uniform Securities Act and the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act, regulating securities offering, broker-dealers, securities agents, investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, and continuing care communities. The division is committed to educating and protecting Michigan investors and consumers while fostering efficient capital formation in Michigan. In addition, it is responsible for Final Order Compliance Monitoring.

Licensing Division
The Licensing along with assistance of advisory boards and commissions appointed by the governor, reviews applications, issues licenses, processes renewals, administers continuing education and maintains licensing records for more than 330,000 individuals or businesses regulated by the Bureau. It also houses the cemetery commissioner.

Regulatory Compliance Division
The Regulatory Compliance Division is responsible for assisting the LARA FOIA Office, in responding to FOIA requests, drafting formal complaints, stipulations, and final orders, scheduling and holding settlement conferences, and representing or coordinating the legal representation of the bureau at formal hearings.   

Also, within the Bureau's administration are centralized bureau functions such as IT & web development, budget, finance, and imaging.

Description: Bullet Communications, Office of
Responds to inquiries from the news media, issues news releases about important developments in programs and services, and provides public information and news of internal departmental events and policies. Ensures that key information is communicated to both the internal and external customers of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Description: BulletCommunity and Health Systems, Bureau of
Performs state licensing and federal certification regulatory duties as required by state and federal laws. The bureau programs are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of individuals receiving care and services through various covered licensed/certified provider types. Activities include issuance of state licenses and construction permits, routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of state and federal requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities. The bureau covers more than 20 various provider types. 

Health Facility Licensing, Permits and Support Division 
Performs state licensing duties as required by state law. State covered providers include freestanding surgical outpatient facilities (FSOF), hospices, hospitals, and substance abuse clinics. In addition, the division oversees the nurse aide training program and registry, background checks for direct care providers in select covered health facilities and agencies, construction plan review and permits for health facilities, and other support services. Activities include issuance of state licenses and construction permits, routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of state requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities.

Federal Survey and Certification Division 
Performs federal certification regulatory duties as required by and federal laws. Federally covered providers include ambulatory surgical centers (ASC), clinical laboratory services (CLIA), comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORF), dialysis centers (ESRD), home health agencies, hospice, hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient physical therapy (OPT)/speech pathology providers, portable X-ray suppliers, and rural health clinics. Activities include routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of federal requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities.

Child Care Licensing Division
Performs state licensing regulatory duties as required by state law. Covered providers include family child care homes, group child care homes, and child care centers. Activities include issuance of state licenses, routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of state and federal requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities.

Adult Foster Care and Camps Division
Performs state licensing regulatory duties as required by state law. Covered providers include adult foster care family and group homes, homes for the aged facilities, and adult and child care camps. Activities include issuance of state licenses, routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of state requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities.

Description: BulletConstruction Codes, Bureau of
The Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) is responsible for the administration of the Construction Code Act, the Building Officials Registration Act, electrical, mechanical and plumbing licensing laws, as well as the boiler, elevator, and manufactured housing programs. The bureau also ensures an orderly and consistent review of subdivision plats and administers the statewide program of monumenting and remonumenting the original US government public land survey property. The State Boundary Commission within the bureau is responsible for adjudicating many types of municipal boundary adjustments.

Description: BulletEmployment Relations, Bureau of
Resolves labor disputes between public and private sector employers and employees. The bureau works to ensure that the labor relations processes function well, thereby creating and promoting a positive labor climate in which businesses can thrive and grow, and employees prosper.

Wage & Hour 
Administers the laws that protect the wages and fringe benefits of Michigan's workers.

Description: BulletEthnic Commissions

Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC)
The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission's vision is to be an exemplary commission by adding public value to the State of Michigan and the APA community, by fully engaging APAs across the state.

Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEAA)
The 15-member council will advise the department on issues relating to the Arab and Chaldean communities in Michigan and promote awareness of their culture and history.

Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM)
The Commission strives to market the state's career development services to Michigan Hispanics, encourage initiatives to reduce the high school dropout rates of Hispanic youth, and facilitate efforts to increase the enrollment of Hispanics in postsecondary education and training programs.

Description: BulletFire Services, Bureau of
Serves the training needs of Michigan firefighters; reviews plans and inspects state-regulated facilities for fire and life safety.

Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Program 
This program is responsible for protecting the public health, environment and natural resources of Michigan from releases and fire safety hazards associated with storage tanks.

627 Tank Truck Program
Rule 627 Tank Truck Test Program: Act 451 of 1994, Part 55 requires that all delivery vessels perform a pressure/vacuum test annually. The administration of Rule 336.1627, delivery vessels, specifically the acceptance and verification of documentation requirements described in US EPA Method 27 is performed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Description: BulletHuman Resources, Office of
Follows the guiding principles of collaboration, inclusion, integrity, and measurable outcomes to guide the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in its mission to help Michigan reinvent its regulatory system so that Michigan continues to grow as a competitive state for business attraction.

Description: BulletMedical Marihuana Regulation
The Bureau Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) is responsible for the oversight of medical marihuana in Michigan. BMMR regulates the state’s medical marihuana facilities and licensees, including growers, processors, transporters, provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities. The bureau also oversees the state’s patient registry program and administers Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

Description: BulletMetro/FOIA Agency

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office 
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq., provides for public access to existing records and information upon written request. It is the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this Act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.

Local Community Stabilization Authority (LCSA) 
The Local Community Stabilization Authority (the “Authority”) was established on October 1, 2014, as a metropolitan government for the metropolitan areas of the State of Michigan under section 27 of article VII of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 by the Local Community Stabilization Authority Act, 2014 PA 86, MCL 123.1341 et seq (the “LCSA Act”). The Authority levies the local community stabilization share tax under the Use Tax Act, 1937 PA 94, MCL 205.91 et seq, and distributes the revenue generated to local and intergovernmental units of government throughout Michigan under the LCSA Act for local purposes, including police safety, fire safety, and ambulance emergency services. The Authority also collects annual maintenance fees for use of public rights-of-ways from telecommunications providers, and distributes the fees to cities, villages, and townships throughout Michigan under the Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Rights-of-Way Oversight (METRO) Act, 2002 PA 48, MCL 484.3101 et seq.

NOTE: The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been retained to assist the LCSA with certain administrative services.

Description: BulletMichigan Administrative Hearing System (MAHS)
Centralizes state government functions related to conducting administrative hearings including the following:

Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission 
As an appellate level quasi-judicial body, the Commission is the final administrative step of the unemployment compensation and worker's compensation cases.

Michigan Tax Tribunal 
The Michigan Tax Tribunal is a tax court with original and exclusive jurisdiction over property tax issues. Like other courts, the Tax Tribunal conducts hearings and renders written decisions based on the evidence submitted.

Qualifications Advisory Committee

Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates 
Prompt and fair adjudication of injured workers' contested cases and adjudication of any other disputes that arise under the Workers' Disability Compensation Act.

Description: BulletMichigan Agency for Energy (MAE)
The Michigan Agency for Energy's purpose is to set Michigan on a path toward affordable, reliable energy. It serves as a single entity dedicated to provide all of state government the information and context they need to support Michigan's energy priorities.

Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) 
Administers policies and regulations including rate setting, to ensure that energy, communications, and transportation services are provided in an efficient, reliable, and safe manner to adequately meet the needs of Michigan residents.

Description: BulletMichigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC)
Works to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability.

Description: BulletMichigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)
Regulates the availability of alcoholic beverages for consumption while protecting the consumer and general public through regulation of the related industries.

Description: BulletMichigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA)
Protects Michigan workers by promoting workplace safety and health through outreach training services, fair enforcement, and cooperative agreements.

Radiation Safety Section 
Responsible for all nonfederal, nontribal radiation machine and facility regulation in Michigan.

Description: BulletMichigan Office for New Americans (MONA)
Helps grow Michigan's economy by attracting global talent to our state and promoting the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities.

Description: BulletProfessional Licensing, Bureau of
Includes the Legal Affairs Division, Licensing Division, and Regulatory and Compliance Division. BPL is responsible for licensing and regulating over 700,000 individuals who are regulated by either the Michigan Occupational Code or the Public Health Code. BPL is also responsible for maintaining the Nurse Aide Registry Program, Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP), and the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

Description: BulletPolicy & Legislative Affairs, Office of
Follows legislation affecting the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and its bureaus and serves as liaison between the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reinvention and bureaus on rule making issues.

Description: BulletServices for Blind Persons, Bureau of
Helps more than 4,500 blind and visually impaired individuals annually to achieve employment and independence, and helps employers to find and retain qualified workers. BSBP serves people of all ages.

Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) 
Provides a free talking book and Braille service to all Michigan residents who are unable to use standard print materials because of a temporary or permanent visual impairment or physical disability. The Library serves approximately 12,000 persons and circulates over 200,000 items annually. The Library of Congress National Library Service, pursuant to P.L. 85-522, administers the talking book program.

Description: BulletWorkers' Compensation Agency (WCA)
Administers the Workers' Disability Compensation Act, which provides wage replacement, medical, and vocational rehabilitation benefits to men and women who suffer work-related injuries and disabilities. The Agency also assures compliance with the mandatory insurance provisions of the act to protect injured workers and to protect Michigan employers from unfair competition by those who are not in compliance.