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  • First Article

    Spotlight: Dianne Barmes, Manager of the Licensing and Compliance Division

    I am the manager of the Licensing and Compliance Division within the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC).  I have forty-seven years with the State of Michigan.  I have worked with the Department of State, Michigan State Police, Office of Fire Safety, and the last seventeen years with the Bureau of Construction Codes.  Before becoming the manager of the Licensing and Compliance Division I assisted the code review committees with processing the updated codes, reviewing complaints against trade licensees, processing the applications for local units of government to be able to administer and enforce the acts and codes, processing school delegation requests, and performing the good moral character reviews of license applicants.

    The Licensing and Compliance Division has fourteen employees and is made up of the Manufactured Housing Unit, Licensing Section and Compliance Section.

    The Division is responsible for the licensing of the Mobile Home Communities throughout the state, mobile home dealers and installer/repairers; reviewing and approving applications for examination and licensure of the Boiler, Electrical, Elevator, Mechanical, Plumbing, Residential Builders and Maintenance & Alteration Contractors and Building Officials/Trade Inspectors/Trade Plan Reviewers.  This also includes processing the over 120,000 license renewals for the above listed trades.

    The Licensing and Compliance Division is also responsible for reviewing and resolving complaints received against mobile home community owners, dealers and installer/repairers; is responsible for reviewing, investigating, and resolving complaints against licensees; and finally reviewing complaints against unlicensed individuals and coordinating with the Office of the Attorney General for action.  The Compliance Section averages 50 complaints a month for Residential Builder issues alone, along with approximately 24 per month for all other trades.

    For assistance with a licensing issue either call Licensing at 517-241-9316 or email LARA-BCC-Licensing@michigan.gov; compliance issues call Compliance at 517-241-9309 or email LARA-BCC-Compliance@michigan.gov.  You will also find additional information at www.michigan.gov/bcc.

  • Article 2

    Who is Building for you?: Felicia Badger, Compliance Division Analyst

    Are you considering having work done on your home?  If so, first things first.  Who would you hire?  What services are you looking to have done? The State of Michigan requires that any builder services totaling $600 or more must be completed by a licensed residential builder or residential maintenance and alteration contractor. Ask the residential builder or residential maintenance and alteration contractor for the “residential builder license number”.  When you are provided with their 10-digit license number visit https://www.michigan.gov/bcc select “Verify A License”, then “CONSTRUCTION: RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, ETC” and conduct a license search for your potential residential builder or maintenance and alteration contractor. It is important to verify that anyone you hire to do work on your home is properly licensed.

    Do you know the difference between a residential builder and a residential maintenance and alteration contractor?  Simply put a residential builder can build a house from the ground up.  A residential maintenance and alteration contractor can perform these specific trades:

    • Carpentry
    • House Wrecking
    • Concrete
    • Screens & Storm Sash
    • Excavation
    • Gutters
    • Roofing
    • Tile & Marble
    • Masonry
    • Swimming Pools
    • Basement Waterproofing
    • Siding
    • Insulation Work

    Residential builders and residential maintenance and alteration contractors are required to be licensed under Article 24 of the Occupational Code[MB(1] . Please visit www.michigan.gov/bcc, select the “Administrative Rules, Codes, Public Acts and Standards” to review their specific legislative guidelines.

    Be specific and “build” your informational checklist before hiring someone to provide “builder services” for you and your family.

  • Article 3

    Ski Accident Reporting: Becky Jones, Ski/Amusement Division Manager

    It’s been another successful ski season in Michigan, and as the 2020-2021 ski season winds its way to its finish, BCC Lift/Ride Inspectors are still out in the field performing their duties at ski areas and working to ensure the ski season ends on a safe note.

    While so many in Michigan love skiing, we need to recognize that accidents can occur, and when they do what needs to be done about them.  For direction we can look to both the Public Act and the Ski Area Safety Rules to determine which steps to take to report an accident if one happens.

    Section 23 of Public Act 199 of 1962, Ski Area Safety Act , directs skiers and ski areas on the requirements to follow when an accident involves either a single skier or more than one skier, but not a ski lift.  These incidents are not required to be reported to the division but must be reported to the ski area. Rule 30 of the Ski Area Safety Rules directs ski areas what is to happen in the event of a ski lift accident or breakdown:

    R  408.90   Ski lift accident or  breakdown; report; securing scene of accident.

    Rule 30. (1) An operator shall immediately report to the department an accident involving a ski lift that results in serious injury to, or the death of, a person, including an employee, or a breakdown resulting from the structural, mechanical, electrical, or operational failure of a ski lift.

    (2) If a ski lift is removed from service by the director, the director shall order an immediate investigation by the department.

    If a ski lift accident or breakdown occurs, please report them to lara-bcc-ski-amusement@michigan.gov as soon as they occur.  Thank you and have a safe and happy Ski season.

  • Article 4

    Mobile Home Community Construction: Jon Paradine, Building Division Manager and Shelia Hartfield, Building Division Plan Review

    Over the last few years, there has been a noticeable rise in construction within the mobile home community. This rise has come in the form of not only new communities being built but changes in existing communities as well. With this article we would like to answer some frequently asked questions that are submitted to BCC’s Plan Review and Licensing Division.

    Question:  Can you tell me where to find the application and Manufactured Housing Rules?

    Answer:  This information can be found on our website at: www.michigan.gov/bcc. Once there, click the green square labeled “Mobile Homes”. Scroll down to “Plan Approval and Permit to Construct” for the “Application for Mobile Home Park Plan Examination and Permit to Construct”.

    If you are unable to find it that way, you may also scroll to the bottom to “Related Links”. From there, click “Administrative Rules, Codes, Public Acts & Standards”. Next you will click “Administrative Rules”. On the second page under “Manufactured Housing” are the “Rules and Guide for Parks.” This will help further guide you.

    Question:  What is needed for a plan review and can I submit my project online?

    Answer:  Provide through the mail a completed application, (2) sets of signed and sealed plans, the appropriate fees and all necessary documents referenced in Rule 905(1) through 905(3). Unfortunately, at this time we cannot accept Mobile Home Park projects through BCC’s online system.

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  • Upcoming Renewals

    Upcoming Renewals

    **Renewals can be done online 90 Days Prior to the expiration date of your license/registration. **

    Notices of required renewal will be mailed to licensees.

    Builder Salesperson renewals occur on a three-year basis and are due May 31, 2021. 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.

    Elevator Contractor renewals occur on a yearly basis and are due by December 31, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing elevator work without a valid license.

    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 without a valid license.

    Maintenance & Alteration renewals occur on a three-year basis and are due May 31, 2021. 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.

    Maintenance & Alteration Company renewals occur on a three-year basis and are due May 31, 2021. 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.

    Plumbing Contractor renewals occur on a three-year basis and are due by April 30, 2021. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing plumbing work without a valid license.

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  • Rules Update

    Rules Update

    For a list of all of BCC’s currently opened rule sets, including status updates, please see here.

    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.

  • Upcoming Board and Commission Meetings

    Below is a list of upcoming Board and Commission meetings.

    Manufactured Housing Commission

    Meeting:  March 3, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Commission:  January 29, 2021

    Residential Builders’ and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors’ Board

    Meeting: March 9, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 4

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board:  February 4, 2021

    Barrier Free Design Board

    Meeting: March 18, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board: January 19, 2021

    Elevator Safety Board

    Meeting:  March 23, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board: February 18, 2021

    State Survey and Remonumentation Commission

    Meeting:  March 30, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 4

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board: February 26, 2021

    Board of Boiler Rules

    Meeting: April 6, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board:  March 3, 2021

    Construction Code Commission

    Meeting:  April 14, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 4

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Commission:  March 11, 2021 (February 16, 2021 for Code Appeals)

    State Plumbing Board

    Meeting:  April 20, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board:  March 17, 2021

    State Boundary Commission

    Meeting:  April 28, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 2

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Commission:  March 15, 2021

    Electrical Administrative Board

    Meeting: May 6, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 4

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board:  April 2, 2021

    Barrier Free Design Board

    Meeting: May 13, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 4

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board:  March 15, 2021

    Residential Builders’ and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors’ Board

    Meeting:  May 18, 2021

    Time:  10:00 AM

    *Location:  Upper Level, Conference Room 3

    **Deadline for requests to appear before the Board: April 14, 2021

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