Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

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.

Organizational Details

Director: Orlene Hawks
Organizational Chart

Contact Information

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-9700
Department Contact Form

Mailing Address

Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Map & Driving Directions

Agency Contacts

For the most efficient response time, please direct your inquiries to the appropriate agency. To determine the appropriate agency, reference the agency descriptions below.


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.

Director: Jason Moon

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-5272
Fax: 517-241-1580
Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov
(For media inquiries only)


Community and Health Systems

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.

Director: Larry Horvath

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-1980
Fax: 517-241-3354
Email: BCHS-Help@michigan.gov

BCHS Contact Page

Construction Codes

Administers 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.

Director: Keith Lambert

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-9313
Fax: 517-241-9570

BCC Contact Page

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing

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

Director: Julia Dale

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-9223
Fax: 517-241-0290

CSCL Contact Page

Employment Relations

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.

Director: Ruthanne Okun

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 313-456-3510
Fax: 313-456-3511
Email: berinfo@michigan.gov

BER Contact Page

Finance & Administrative Services

Provides the most timely, effective and efficient financial, procurement, budget and office support services to our customers enabling them to provide quality services to their customers.

Director: LeAnn Droste

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-5968
Fax: 517-373-3621
Email: LARA-Purchasing@michigan.gov


Office of Process Reengineering and Optimization

Ensures the improvement and the delivery of services LARA provides to Michigan consumers and business customers.

Director: Jaclyn Badder

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-9033
Fax: 517-241-0829


Fire Services

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

Director and State Fire Marshal: Kevin Sehlmeyer

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-8847
Fax: 517-335-4061

BFS Contact Page

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq.

Provides 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.

January 14, 2019 - the requirements for submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request have been amended by new legislation effective December 28, 2018, (2018 PA 523)

Director: Stephani Fleming

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-3327
Fax: 517-335-4037
Email: LARAFOIAInfo@michigan.gov


Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

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.

Executive Director: Felipe Lopez Sustaita

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-373-8339
Email: hlcom@michigan.gov

HLCOM Contact Page

Human Resources

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.

Director: Margie Holben

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-373-4769
Fax: 517-373-6526
Email: LARA-ohrinfo@michigan.gov


Marijuana Regulation

Oversees marijuana in Michigan. BMR regulates the state’s marijuana 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.

Director: Andrew Brisbo

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing
Phone: 517-284-8599
Email: LARA-MedicalMarihuana@michigan.gov

Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
Phone: 517-284-6400
Email: LARA-BMMR-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov

BMR Contact Page

Michigan Administrative Hearing System

Centralizes state government functions related to conducting administrative hearings including the following: Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission, Michigan Tax Tribunal, Qualifications Advisory Committee, and Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates.

Executive Director: Julie McMurtry


Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-2484
Fax: 517-241-4999

MAHS Contact Page

Michigan Agency for Energy

Guides Michigan on a path toward affordable, reliable energy. It serves as a single entity dedicated to providing all of state government the information and context they need to support Michigan's energy priorities.

Director: Valerie Brader


Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-8330
Fax: 517-284-8334

MAE Contact Page

Michigan Public Service Commission

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.

Director: Sally Talberg

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-8100
Fax: 517-284-8293
Email: mpsc.webmaster@michigan.gov

MPSC Contact Page

Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

Adds public value to the State of Michigan and the APA community, by fully engaging APAs across the state.

Chair: Jamie Hsu

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-648-4942
Email: mapaac@michigan.gov

MAPAAC Contact Page

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Works to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability.

Executive Director: Loren Khogali

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-657-3066
Fax: 866-291-0874
Email: info@michiganidc.gov


Michigan Liquor Control Commission

Regulates the availability of alcoholic beverages for consumption while protecting the consumer and general public through regulation of the related industries.

Director: Andy Deloney

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 866-813-0011
Fax: 517-763-0057
Email: mlccinfo2@michigan.gov

LCC Contact Page

Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration

Protects Michigan workers by promoting workplace safety and health through outreach training services, fair enforcement, and cooperative agreements.

Director: Bart Pickelman

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-7777
Fax: 517-284-7775

MIOSHA Contact Page

Michigan Office for New Americans

Helps grow Michigan's economy by attracting global talent to our state and promoting the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities.

Director: Karen Phillippi

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-335-1181
Fax: 517-373-2129
Email: newamericans@michigan.gov

MONA Contact Page

Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs

Advises the department on issues relating to the Arab and Chaldean communities in Michigan and promote awareness of their culture and history.

Chair: Manal Saab

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-643-1655
Email: cmeaa@michigan.gov

CMEAA Contact Page

Policy and Legislative Affairs

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.

Director: Frank Waters

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-4580
Fax: 517-241-9822
Email: oplainfo@michigan.gov

OPLA Contact Page

Professional Licensing

Includes the Enforcement Division, Licensing Division, and Investigations & Inspections 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 Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP), and the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

Director: Cheryl Wykoff Pezon

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-241-0199
Fax: 517-241-9416
Email: bplhelp@michigan.gov

BPL Contact Page

Services for Blind Persons

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.

Director: William Robinson

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-373-2062 / 800-292-4200
Fax: 517-335-5140
DSS/TDD: 517-373-4025 / 888-864-1212
Email: martinr15@michigan.gov

BSBP Contact Page

Workers’ Compensation Agency

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.

Director: Mark Long

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 888-396-5041
Fax: 517-284-8906
Email: wcinfo@michigan.gov

WCA Contact Page