BCC Trades Connection - March 2020

December 2019 Issue

Division Spotlight – Building and Permits Division (Jonathon Paradine, Chief)

Welcome to the first Trades Connection of 2020! Beginning with this edition the Trades Connection will include a more in-depth look at each of the divisions of the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), starting with the Building and Permits Division.

The Building and Permits Division is comprised of 12 total staff members. Toni Nelson works as the division secretary and assists in reviewing residential builders’ pre-examination courses. The division technicians – Heather Fields, Jean Smydra and Christina Spencer – are the front-line staff who keep the division moving forward and make sure all permits and plan review applications are processed in a timely manner. They are often the first contact for the division, and the Bureau, for walk-in customers and callers.

The division plan reviewers – Sheila Hartfield and Scott Wilmot – are responsible for performing all the building plan reviews for BCC. The division inspectors working in the field – Mike Corkins, Paul Robbins, Dave Rigozzi, John Tisdale, Chuck Erickson and Dan Grochowski – are responsible for conducting all the onsite inspections. The Building and Permits Division conducts a wide variety of inspections, including new mobile home community inspections, new or remodeled buildings, and school safety inspections for vacant schools trying to reopen.

Jonathon Paradine has been with BCC for 17 years and in his time with the bureau he has held many different roles. He started in what used to be known as the Plan Review Division, transferred over to work in the Mechanical Division, and then shifted to his present position as the Chief of the Building and Permits Division.

Paradine is part of the Code and Standard Committee with the International Code Council, representing BCC at the national level in the code development process. Paradine is committed to learning something new every day in this constantly evolving industry. The Building and Permits Division was created by merging three different divisions (Building, Permits and Plan Review) and – under the leadership of Paradine – has made great strides in working towards streamlining the processes in this industry.

In 2019, the Building and Permits Division processed over 2,700 plan reviews, 24,000 permits and conducted over 3,000 building inspections. This amazing team is focused on moving BCC’s mission of “Safety in the Built Environment” forward. Here’s to a productive and safe construction season!

Plumbing Permits Required for Water Service and Sewer Mains on Private Property

In order to avoid any confusion regarding the permitting requirements for the installation of water service and sewer mains on private property, it is important to take a closer look at the process.

Per the Skilled Trades Regulation Act – specifically MCL 339.6101(c), 339.6103(f) and 339.6107(2)(b) – plumbing permits are required for the installation of water service lines and sewer mains from the private property line to the structure including all site work (storm lines and manhole installations).   

A plumbing license is not required for the installation of water service lines or sewer mains from the private property line to the structure. Anyone can install water service lines and sewer lines from the private property line to the structure if a plumbing permit is secured from the responsible enforcing agency, and inspections are performed. The installations must comply with the applicable parts of the state construction code. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Plumbing Division at (517) 241-9330 or email at bccplbg@michigan.gov.

Building and Permits

With the start of a new construction season right around the corner, it is important to review the requirements for permitting and plan review where the State of Michigan has authority. BCC is responsible for the review of boiler, building, electrical, elevator, mechanical, and plumbing construction plans. Additionally, BCC reviews all barrier free design exception requests and mobile home park site construction plans and issues permits to construct.

Premanufactured unit plans and manufacturer compliance assurance manuals are also reviewed by BCC as part of the premanufactured program. Plan review should always be the first step in the process and will be required on all projects unless they meet the exceptions listed on BCC’s page. When a permit number has been assigned the permit process for the current project can begin. Please be mindful of the licensing requirements for each discipline.

One thing to remember is for a large “phase” project a permit will be required for each phase of the project; this applies to all disciplines used in each phase.

Plan reviews and permits can be submitted expeditiously online. For reviews submitted online, the applicant can also check status of the review at the same site.

Please remember when submitting electronically you may only use a hyphen or underscore in the title (ex: 90819_B10_complete.pdf). Reviews can also be submitted by mail or in person at our Lansing office. Please contact the Building and Permits Division with any questions at (517) 241-9313.

Electrical

The requirement for permits and plan review for data/telecommunication is a new change for the 2017 Michigan Electrical Code.

Permits had previously been exempted under section 80.19 of the 2014 Michigan Electrical Code; that exemption was removed under the 2017 Michigan Electrical Code Section 80.19(b)(4) which refers to 2016 Public Act 407, MCL339.5737(3). If the work involved is for data/telecommunications wiring, then a permit is required to be obtained from the authority which has jurisdiction. Plan review would only be required for school projects per 1937 Public Act 306, MCL 388.851(a) – typically the drawings for data/telecommunication are submitted with the electrical drawings.

If you have any questions, please contact the Electrical Division at (517) 241-9320 or email at bccelec@michigan.gov.

Upcoming Renewals

Journey and Apprentice Plumbers renewals occur on a yearly basis and are due by April 30, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing plumbing work.

Master Plumbers who are working in a facility without a plumbing contractor must renew their affidavit with BCC. This affidavit allows you to continue to pull permits for work done in the facility. You will need to go online to complete the renewal process by April 30, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing plumbing work.

Elevator Journeymen are required to renew their license every year, due on the anniversary of the issued date. As a reminder, if you fail to renew your license by the required time, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be working on elevators. Additionally, if you are more than 60 days late in renewing your license, you will be required to pass an examination.

Residential Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors renewals are due every three years. Reminders should be received by April 1, 2020. The renewal process must be completed online by May 31, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing work without a valid license. In order to renew your license, your license must be within 90 days of its expiration date to renew. If you have a valid email on record you will receive email reminder notifications when the renewal period opens. To renew a license online go to the online database, register for an account, and link the license to the account; you may then renew online. Video instructions are found at the BCC main web site or written instructions with screen shots may be found at the top of the online licensing main page. To modify your primary email address, please go to the same main page and follow the directions for Amendment. If – after attempting to renew online – you need additional assistance, feel free to contact the BCC Licensing staff at (517) 241-9316 or email at lara-bcc-licensing@michigan.gov.

Rules Updates

Skilled Trades (2019-101 LR)

The Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 2016 PA 407, was written to provide uniformity in licensing, compliance investigation, and enforcement. It repealed the Boiler Act, the State Plumbing Act, the Forbes Mechanical Contracts Act, the Electrical Administrative Act, the Building Officials and Inspectors Registration Act, and subsequently, the rules for each above mentioned repealed Acts. Consequently, BCC is promulgating a new rule set to regulate these skilled trades, as provided under the new act.

A rules advisory meeting was held on January 31, 2020, and the proposed rules are now in review. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC_Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe 407” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Part 7 Plumbing Code (2019-117 LR)

The Part 7 Plumbing Code Rules (2019-117 LR) currently adopts by reference the 2018 edition of the International Plumbing Code (IPC), which is based on plumbing principals used in plumbing codes across the country. Part 7 also included rules that amend the IPC that address the plumbing practices that are specific to Michigan and deletes those requirements in the IPC that do not pertain to Michigan because of the State’s geographic and environmental features. The proposed rules will adopt by reference the 2018 edition of the IPC with amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan.

A rules advisory meeting was held on February 15, 2019, and the proposed rules are now in review. A formal public advisory meeting will be held in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC_Rules@michigan.gov with “ Subscribe Plumbing Code” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Part 5 Residential Code (2019-118 LR)

The Part 5 Residential Code rule set (2019-118 LR) currently adopts by reference Chapters 1 and 2 of the International Residential Code. The Bureau is revising the above rules that are in Part 5 Residential Code, to correct conflicts and inconsistencies between the two chapters of the Residential Code and the Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act, 230 PA 1972 and the Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 407 PA 2016.

A rules advisory meeting was held on February 1, 2019, and the proposed rules are now in review.  A formal public advisory meeting will be held in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC_Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe Residential Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Part 4 Building Code (2019-125 LR)

The Part 4 Building Code rule set (2019-125 LR) currently adopts by reference the 2018 edition of the International Building Code (IBC), which is developed by the International Code Council and is based on building principals used in building codes across the country.  Part 4 also includes rules that amend the IBC to address laws and climate conditions that are specific to Michigan. The proposed rules will adopt by reference the 2018 edition of the IBC with amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan.

A rules advisory meeting was held on August 2, 2019, and the proposed rules are now in review. A formal public advisory meeting will be held in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC_Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe Building Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Part 9 Mechanical Code (2019-131 LR)

The Part 9 Mechanical Code rule set (2019-131 LR) adopts by reference the 2018 edition of the International Mechanical Code (IMC), with amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan. Part 9a also includes rules that amend the IMC to address mechanical practices that are specific to Michigan and that delete those requirements in the IMC that do not pertain to Michigan because of the state’s geographic and environmental features.

The Part 9 Mechanical Code rules advisory meeting was held on February 8, 2019, and the proposed rules are now in review. A formal public advisory meeting will be held in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe Mechanical Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Elevator (2019-138 LR)

The Elevator rule set (2019-138 LR) updates the Michigan Elevator Rules by adopting the national standards, ASME A17.1-2016. The standards cover the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevating devices. The adoption of national standards ensures that elevating devices are constructed, maintained, and inspected to the most current standards.  

The Elevator rule set is now open, and we are seeking input for this rule set. Proposals for this rule set must be submitted to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov by 5:00pm on Friday, March 27, 2020. Updates to the rule set’s status will be posted on our website. If  you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe-Elevator Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Ski Area Safety - General Rules (2019-139 LR)

The Ski Area Safety - General Rules (2019-139 LR) update a reference to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards B77.1 on safety requirements for passenger ropeways - aerial tramways, aerial lifts, tows and conveyors. Code proposal requests for the Ski Area Safety - General Rules have been received and are being reviewed. 

The rules are currently being reviewed and a public advisory meeting will be scheduled in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progresses, please send an e-mail to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe - Ski Area Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Subdivision of Land (2020-12 LR)

The Subdivision of Land rule set (2020-12 LR) removes sections of the rule set that overreach the authority of the state, clarifying the approval path for a specific platting situation, and updating language and procedure to accept new technologies. 

The Subdivision of Land rules advisory meeting was held on March 1, 2019, and the proposed rules are now in review.  A formal advisory meeting will be scheduled in the near future. If you wish to be notified of updates as the rule promulgation progress, please send an e-mail to LARA-Bcc-Rules@michigan.gov with “Subscribe - Subdivision of Land Rules” in the subject line, and you will be added to the e-mail distribution list.

IT Corner

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Bureau of Construction Codes Structure and Contact Information

Bureau Director – Keith Lambert

Bureau Deputy Director – Alesha Gensler

Administrative Services Division – Kevin Kalakay

Boiler Division Manager – Dave Stenrose

Building and Permits Division Manager – Jon Paradine

Elevator Division Manager – Becky Jones

Electrical Division Chief – Dean Austin

Land Survey & Remonumentation Division Manager – Michael Barger

Licensing and Compliance Division Manager – Dianne Barmes

Mechanical Division Chief – Kevin Kalakay

Plumbing Division Chief – Andy Neuman

Ski/Amusement Division Manager – Becky Jones

Need to find the State Inspector for your area? State Inspector Regional maps and contact information are available online.

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Electrical

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Plumbing

Coronavirus Information and Updates

For COVID-19-related questions regarding licensing and regulation topics, please send an email to LARA-COVID-19-Questions@michigan.gov