Bureau of Construction Codes
The dedicated staff of the
Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) work as a team to assure that the built environment and the systems within are sound, safe and sanitary; building users' health, safety and welfare are protected; and that, through a coordinated program of code compliance, investigation and training, there is consistent application of standards.
The BCC is responsible for the administration of the Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act (1972 PA 230), the Building Officials Registration Act (1986 PA 54), the Electrical Administrative Act (1956 PA 217), the Forbes Mechanical Contractors Act (1984 PA 192), the State Plumbing Act (2002 PA 733), the Boiler Act of 1964 (1965 PA 290), the Elevator Licensing Act (1976 PA 333), and the Elevator Safety Board Act (1967 PA 227), the Land Division Act (1967 PA 288), the State Survey and Remonumentation Act (1990 PA 345), the State Boundary Commission Act (1968 PA 191), the Utilization of Public Facilities by Physically Limited Act (1966 PA 1), as well as the related rule sets and codes, and oversees 9 industry-related boards or commissions.
The bureau issues permits and provides inspections in the area of building, boiler, electrical, elevator, mechanical, plumbing and manufactured housing. Inspections and monitoring visits are also performed on-site at premanufactured unit facilities.
The bureau is also responsible for examination and licensing in the boiler, electrical, elevator, mechanical, and plumbing fields as well as licensing of manufactured home installers/servicers and retailers, and investigates consumer complaints against licensees.
The bureau reviews and approves local ordinances for approval to administer and enforce state construction codes. The bureau also reviews and processes complaints relating to local administration and enforcement of codes and conducts performance evaluations when complaints cannot be resolved or at the request of the local unit of government.
The bureau registers local code officials and inspectors in the area of building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing as required by Act 54, P.A. 1986. The law also provides authority for the bureau to approve instructors, courses, and tests for education and training programs.