Notice to Owners and Installers of B31.1 Non-Boiler External Pipe

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Construction Codes

Notice to Owners and Installers
of
B31.1 Non-Boiler External Pipe

            Pursuant to 2010 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code B31.1, Chapter VI, 136 Inspection and Examination, Section 136.1.1 states in part that an “[i]nspection is the responsibility of the Owner and may be performed by employees of the Owner or a party authorized by the Owner….”

            Additionally, Section 136.14(A) states in part that “[t]he Owner’s Inspector shall be designated by the Owner and shall be an employee of the Owner, an employee of an engineering or scientific organization, or of a recognized insurance or inspection company acting as the Owners agent.”  The State of Michigan Chief Inspector or Deputy Inspectors will not perform power piping inspections.

            Section 136.1.1 further states that “[p]rior to initial operation, a piping installation shall be inspected to ensure compliance with the engineering design and with the material, fabrication, assembly, examination, and test requirements of [ASME B31.1-2010].”  Such inspections and inspectors shall be in compliance with ASME B31.1, Chapter VI, 136 Inspection and Examination.