BCC Trades Connection December 2019

CONTENTS

Director's Message | BCC Director Message | 2020 Amusement Season Changes | Permitting Requirements for Boilers | Elevator-Approved Oil/Water Systems | Upcoming Renewals | Rules Updates | IT CornerBCC Structure and Contact Information


Message from LARA Director Orlene Hawks

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Trades Connection quarterly newsletter from the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), a new publication from LARA that is designed to provide you with the most timely information you need to know toward building a better Michigan.

One of our top priorities in this state is to address the growing demand for highly trained and skilled workers in the construction trades. The construction industry in Michigan has experienced positive growth for nearly a decade, rising at a steady rate of 4.3 percent or greater for the past four years. In addition, the construction sector has added jobs each year since 2011.

To support this growth and anticipated expansion, our priority is to continually streamline how our 128,000 licensees and registrants interact with us, builders, electricians, other licensees and registrants, unions, and stakeholders. We have expanded testing availability for the trades, and implemented online capabilities for initial and renewal of licenses, fee payment, permitting, and plan review.

The skilled workers in the building and construction trades in Michigan are the best choice for owners and contractors when it comes to construction, renovations and maintenance of their facilities. We hope you enjoy the Trades Connection newsletter and find it to be a helpful source of information.

Orlene

Message from Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) Director Keith Lambert

My team and I are pleased to provide you with this quarterly Trades Connection as a way to provide informative articles with a focus on seasonal and cyclical matters. This will be a way to keep you updated on licensing renewal timeframes, code updates, bureau reports, and board and commission meeting information. As laws and codes change, we will include information that will keep our licensees, practitioners, governing officials, and Michigan citizens apprised of the latest to stay connected on the most current requirements and statutory framework. We hope that you will find this newsletter beneficial and something that you look forward to receiving in the months to come.

Keith

Changes Coming for 2020 Amusement Season

Now that the first amusement season has ended, BCC staff has had an opportunity to review processes and will be making some changes for the next amusement season. These changes will primarily focus on zip lines.

For the 2020 amusement season, the State of Michigan will now require all zip line operators to have the annual inspection of their devices completed by a certified and qualified inspector:

  • An inspector with Level II certification from NAARSO
  • An inspector with Level II certification from AIMS
  • A qualified inspector certification from ACCT
  • An organization or individual certified or accredited by the PRCA

A copy of the inspection report, completed within the previous 12 months, must be submitted along with the appropriate permit fees and renewal form or application. Since the State of Michigan will no longer be conducting inspections of the zip lines, the inspection fees will not be collected. Special inspectors’ names and fee – along with a certificate of liability insurance – will still be required.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, or any other matters, please feel free to contact the Ski/Amusement Division at 517-241-9273 or email at LARA-BCC-SKI-AMUSEMENT@Michigan.gov.

Permitting Requirements for Boilers Installed in Commercial Locations

To install a boiler in a commercial location, you may be required to obtain up to four different permits:

  • Boiler
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing

The boiler permit will always be issued by BCC when outside the City of Detroit. When applicable, the appropriate electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits may come from BCC, or a local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).

A boiler installation permit is not required for a boiler installed in a residential location. A mechanical permit is required for the installation of boilers in residential locations, as well as electrical and plumbing, as needed. A mechanical permit for a residential boiler installation covers not only the installation of the boiler itself, but also installation of the fuel gas piping, hydronic or steam heat piping, flue gas venting, and combustion air. Permits required for a residential installation of a boiler may come from BCC or the local AHJ.

For commercial location permitting purposes, the boiler consists of the fired or electrically heated pressure vessel and its safety and control devices between the supply and return valves, flue gas vent connector, gas train, gas cock, and combustion air. The boiler permit does not include the flue gas vent, hydronic or steam heat piping, or the fuel gas piping. A separate mechanical permit is required for these items.

With the exception of boilers installed in the City of Detroit – and water heaters as defined in 2013 Michigan Boiler Code Rule 408.4012 (55) – all boiler installations in commercial locations in the state of Michigan will require a Michigan-licensed boiler installer to first obtain an approved boiler installation permit from BCC. Boiler installations in residential locations require a Michigan Mechanical Contractor’s License with a number one classification.

Public Act 230 of 1972 – commonly referred to as the “Construction Code Act” – does not give local jurisdictions the authority to issue permits for the installation of boilers in commercial locations. Similarly, Public Act 407 of 2016 – commonly referred to as the “Skilled Trades Act” – authorizes only the Bureau of Construction Codes to issue permits for the installation of boilers in commercial locations.

Except for the City of Detroit, local jurisdictions may not engage in the practice of issuing permits for the installation of boilers in commercial locations. An AHJ may require a mechanical permit for fuel gas piping up to the boiler gas cock, flue gas venting, and hydronic piping; however they shall not require an installation permit for the boiler itself. If you have any questions – or if an AHJ has required you to pull a permit for boiler installation in a commercial location – please contact the Boiler Division at 517-241-9334 or send an email to bccblr@michigan.gov. If you have any questions regarding the installation of a boiler in a residential location, please contact the Mechanical Division at 517-241-9325 or email bccmech@michigan.gov.

Elevator-Approved Oil/Water Separator Systems

Don’t you wish everything were so simple? When it comes to elevator projects with oil/water separator systems in the state of Michigan, we’re going to make choosing the correct device and application as easy as possible. There are three manufacturers, with six products already approved by the State of Michigan. They are as follows:

Manufacturer: Liberty Pumps – Approval 1661PA

  • Liberty Pumps ELV OilTector, Elevator Sump Pump Systems. This system uses a deep well sump that contains the oil below pit floor level.
  • Liberty Pumps ELV OilTector, ELV Auto-Valve OilTector, and ELV Duplex OilTector. The auto valve system has two solenoid valves and an oil collection tank. The duplex system has two pumps with one of the pumps discharging to an oil collection tank.

Manufacturer: See Water Inc. – Approval 1646PA

  • Liquid Smart Pump Systems; OSSIM-30-OR and OSSIM-30-OR-2. This is two systems, similar to the Liberty two pump or two solenoid valve arrangement.

Manufacturer: Industrial Systems Inc. – Approval 1644PA

  • Stancor Oil Alarm System with Oil Separation Technology. This is two systems, similar to the Liberty two pump or two solenoid valve arrangement.

Installation of each of these systems is subject to the following conditions of use and installation:

  • All requirements of the Michigan Plumbing Code shall all be applicable.
  • Shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Pumping shall not be terminated by alarm activation.
  • Activated alarms shall take place within proximity to the elevator and at the building management site to assure responsible surveillance.
  • The sump pump total dynamic head and the oil storage containment tank size and capacity are to be established by their Architect/Engineer or designer during the design phase of a project.
  • This approval shall become void if the product no longer meets the requirements of the Michigan Plumbing Code or a change in design/designation occurs.

When installing one of these systems in an elevator pit, both a plumbing and an elevator permit are required. The plumbing permit will need to be pulled through the authority having jurisdiction, which may be a local entity. If outside the City of Detroit, the elevator permit will be pulled through the State’s Elevator Division. The system must be installed by a licensed plumber who is in the presence of a licensed elevator journeyman.

Relevant elevator codes are: ASME A17.7 of 2010; paragraphs 2.2.2.3, 2.2.2.4, 2.2.2.5, 2.2.2.6, and 8.6.4.7.4 (see Part 8 Scope and Notes). Should you have any questions, the BCC Elevator Division staff is always happy to help at 517-241-9337 or email elevsafety@michigan.gov. If you have questions regarding the above-mentioned products and their approval, you may contact the Plumbing Division at 517-241-9330 or email bccplbg@michigan.gov.

Upcoming Renewals

Journey and Apprentice Plumbers renewals are due on a yearly basis and is 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 the Bureau of Construction Codes. 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.

In order to renew your license, your license must be within 90 days of its expiration date. 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.

The licensee will need to register for an account and link the license to the account before attempting to 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. If you need to submit or modify your primary email address, please do so by going 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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Please note, your username should be prepopulated in the username box. In the “Old password” section enter the password you were just sent in your email and in the “New password” section enter your new password consisting of 8-20 characters. Click “Submit” and you will be redirected to the Accela Citizen Access website to log in using your new password. If you are having other issues with Accela, please review our FAQs here.

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 is available online. Please see below:

Boiler

Building

Elevator (contact)

Electrical

Mechanical

Plumbing