Trades Connection 2020 Main Content

  • Spotlight: Orlene Hawks, Deputy Director

    Spotlight: Orlene Hawks, Department Director

    BCC Stakeholders,

    As we continue to make our way through this COVID-19 crisis, I am grateful for the thousands of Michigan workers in the building and construction trade industry who have led us as we return back to workplaces and work sites – and have done so in a safe manner.

    Michigan’s dedicated building tradesmen and women – and the construction industry as a whole – have adopted best practices to protect their workers from infection, including designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 control strategies, conducting daily health screenings for workers, enabling social distancing, and ensuring sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing while at work. 

    From building and maintaining healthcare infrastructure to remedying unsafe building conditions throughout the state, the work you do is very important to our state’s response to COVID-19 – and we are proud to be here to support you in your efforts. As we move forward from this pandemic, you will continue to be an integral part in maintaining economic activity and helping businesses grow in our state.

    Thank you, again, for all you do and please don’t hesitate to reach out to bureau staff to assist you as needed. Be safe.

    Orlene

  • COVID-19 What to Expect with BCC Operations

    COVID-19: What to Expect with BCC Operations

    As many of our customers are learning to operate under a “new norm”, BCC is no exception. Like many of you, we are finding new ways to accomplish our tasks while providing the best customer service possible.  Our objective is to not disrupt the services and support you receive from our BCC Team. As such, we ask for your understanding during this state of emergency and provide your questions and requests to BCC by email at: bccpermits@michigan.gov or you may call us at 517-241-9302. We will respond to you as quickly as possible. If you would like a return phone call, please provide the best time and number for a team member to connect with you.

    Below are some changes to BCC operations that may impact you and how you interact with the bureau.

    Office closure: At this time our public office in Lansing remains closed until further notice. This means in-person payment and document drop off is not currently an option. You may still mail in this information, however we strongly encourage you to conduct your business online instead of by U.S. Mail. For disciplinary matters, you may submit documentation or make inquiries related to disciplinary actions to: LARA-BCC-Compliance@michigan.gov.

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  • School Building Temporary Door Locking Device/System Legislation Goes into Effect

    School Building Temporary Door Locking Device/System Legislation Goes into Effect

    Keith Lambert, BCC Director

    Public Act 45 of 2020 (“Act”) – which went effect June 1, 2020 – allows a temporary door locking device or system to be installed in a school building and prescribes requirements for its installation and use including plan reviews, permits, and inspections. The Act requires the school building's administrative authority to submit drawings, diagrams, and installation instructions for plan review to the Bureau of Fire Services (BFS) and the construction code authority having jurisdiction (either the  Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) – or the enforcing agency identified in the School Construction Enforcement List). Estimated project costs in excess of $15,000 will require signed and sealed documents in accordance with PA 299 of 1980.

    Prior to installing a temporary door locking device or system in a school building, applicants need to submit to BFS and the construction code authority having jurisdiction for plan review, plan approval, and permits.  Before using a newly installed device or system, the school building's administrative authority must notify BFS and the construction code authority having jurisdiction that the device or system is ready for inspection and receive written approval from both authorities that the device or system is approved for use, and notify the local fire department and law enforcement agency of the intended installation or use, and location, of the device or system.

    In the school building where the device or system is installed or being used, the school building's administrative authority must provide in-service training to staff members working in the building on the use of the device or system and must maintain, on file, a record verifying this training.

    The Act prescribes additional responsibilities for the school building's administrative authority as it relates to the use of a temporary door locking device or system and specifies that if a school building had an existing temporary door locking device or system that was installed prior to June 1, 2020, then the construction code authority having jurisdiction would have to approve it if certain conditions were met. No later than August 29, 2020, the school building’s administrative authority shall submit drawings, diagrams, and installation instructions for these existing devices and systems to the construction code authority having jurisdiction for a determination.

    Applicants may submit their application electronically through Accela or may submit paper applications found here: BCC application and BFS application.

  • Land Division Act Updates

    Land Division Act Updates

    Michael C. Barger, PS, Director

    The Land Division Act of 1968 (LDA) has not changed. The Office of Land Survey and Remonumentation (OLSR) has spent the last two years reviewing internal procedures and working with the private surveying community to make the platting process more “user friendly.”

    The LARA Rules for the LDA have been examined and edited by a representative of the Survey Licensing Board and our office to remove items duplicated in the law and items not required in the LDA. The Rules should be promulgated by the end of the calendar year.

    Checklists for Proprietor Plats, Amended Plats, Assessor’s Plats and Urban Renewal Plats have been developed and will be released on our website as soon as possible after the LARA Rules have been approved. The major improvement is the inclusion of multiple columns depicting the approval team and the items each reviewing authority must review. This should reduce multiple checklists and assure all reviewing authorities are working from the same criteria.

    The website for looking up a plat has changed to https://aca3.accela.com/LARA. A manual to help navigate the new site has been developed. Send an email to bccolsr@michigan.gov to obtain a copy or you can click here.

    OLSR will be happy to present a workshop for any group that has an interest in the Land Division Act. Please call our office at 517-241-6321 to discuss details or email at bccolsr@michigan.gov.

  • License Renewals

    Upcoming Renewals

    Electrical Apprentice renewals occur on a yearly basis and are due by August 31, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing electrical work.

    Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Apprentice renewals occur on a yearly basis and are due by August 31, 2020. If you fail to complete your renewal, you may be subject to licensing action if you are found to be doing plumbing work.

    Mechanical Contractors renewals are every three years and are due on August 31, 2020. This renewal cycle may not include all Mechanical Contractors; however, it will include those who had their licenses issued or reinstated in 2017.

    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.