Fire Safety Inspections

Procedures for Requesting Fire Safety Plan Reviews (New Construction, Additions, Remodeling

Fire safety inspections are a necessary part of the licensing process. It is a means of assuring that the building used for a child care center is in compliance with essential fire safety requirements for licensure.

Architectural plan reviews will be provided by the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Health Facilities Evaluation Section at no cost to the applicant or licensee. A plan review is required for the following situations:

  • New construction.
  • Renovation, including fire alarms, hood suppression systems, or sprinkler systems.
  • Remodeling.
  • Addition to building.
  • Any structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical changes.

The applicant or licensee must submit a set of construction plans, along with the Application for Child Care Plan Review (BCHS-FS-13) as outlined on the form. If the total cost of the project is $15,000 or more, the plans must be prepared and sealed by a registered architect or engineer licensed in the State of Michigan. After the plans are reviewed, a plan review letter will be emailed to the submitter.

Note: Changing interior finishes (e.g., new ceiling tiles, wall finishes, etc.), door hardware, door swing, or door installations would not require a plan review; however, a qualified fire inspector (QFI) must complete an on-site inspection of the changes.

Procedures for Requesting Fire Safety Inspections (Conversions, Consultations, Etc.)

Fire safety inspections for conversions, consultations and, if required, existing licensed child care centers must be obtained by the applicant or licensee from one of the individuals on the below "Independent Qualified Fire Safety Inspectors" list.

Applicants/licensees must arrange or contract with a qualified fire safety inspector and are responsible for any costs of obtaining the inspection. The Bureau of Community and Health Systems will not accept a fire safety inspection report from any other authority, individual or organization that is not on the current applicable list.

If you will be obtaining your license renewal fire safety inspection (required every four years for licensed centers), please review Preparing for Your License Renewal Fire Safety Inspection to help you prepare for you fire safety inspection and to keep the children at your center safer from potential fire hazards throughout the year.

When considering changes to use space, changing capacity, completing renovations, centers should be aware of rule requirements of those changes.

Correspondence from the Bureau of Fire Safety will be done electronically.

Centers Operating in a School Building

For centers operating in a school building, a copy of a previous approval from the Bureau of Fire Services, the State Fire Marshal or a statement from the school district superintendent using the Certification of School Building Compliance with Fire Safety Provisions (BCAL-5043) form is acceptable in lieu of a fire safety inspection.

By submitting the BCAL-5043, you are certifying all of the following:

  • The building has been approved for school use based on the 1973 school fire safety codes.
  • The building has been continuously used as a public or nonpublic school for the instruction of children in kindergarten or higher since the fire safety approval was issued.
  • Any changes to the building since the school’s original fire safety approval have been reviewed and approved by the state fire marshal or Bureau of Fire Services.
  • The parts of the building that have not been changed since the school's original fire safety approval are in compliance with the applicable rules for existing school buildings. Review the supplemental questions prior to signing the BCAL-5043 to ensure you understand some of the applicable rules for existing school buildings.

If you have further questions regarding this program, please contact your licensing consultant or the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Health Facilities Evaluation Section.

INDEPENDENT QUALIFIED FIRE SAFETY INSPECTORS FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS   

Michael Albo  
Southfield  
(w) 248-796-5706 
(c) 248-640-3269
malbo@cityofsouthfield.com    

Chris Dixon
Detroit
313-319-4101
dixonchris@detroitmi.gov

Art Eastman
Howell
734-323-4812
ultimatefire@sbcglobal.net

Joseph Felton
Macomb Township
586-634-4578
ctfd94@gmail.com

Jeff Fossitt
Marquette
906-440-5725
fossitjr@gmail.com

Brian Gaukel
Lansing
517-930-2233
bg3a@sbcglobal.net

James Hall
Coleman
989-295-7834
fema5@aol.com

Bruce Johnson
Howell
248-915-0225
trianglelk2015@gmail.com     

Terrence Lane
Detroit
313-447-8209
tlanesr@yahoo.com

Michael T. Larabel
Byron Center
616-723-1716
larabelm4850@sbcglobal.net     

Steven Lee 
Detroit
313-574-7082
lees3887@detroitmi.gov

Tavis Millerov
Williamston
517-281-5864
millerov67@gmail.com

Larry Moore
Otsego
269-615-4987
moorekzoo@att.net

Ron Rybak
Essexville
989-971-1424
ronrybak@sbcglobal.net

Darrell Saulsby
Detroit
313-861-4066
saulsbyfireinspections@hotmail.com      

Linda Schluchter
Saginaw
989-213-5995
lschluchter@stfd.com

Derek K. Segars
Detroit
313-366-5444
dksinv@aol.com

Arthur E. Shaw
Petoskey
231-838-3269
ashaw@arthurshaw.com

Dwayne Small
Detroit
313-300-5167
dwaynes661@gmail.com

Greg Smith
Gibraltar
(h)734-692-1468
(c) 734-624-8154
fireescape@comcast.net

Lynnae White
Grandville
616-292-9365
whitel@cityofgrandville.com

Frederick C. Wille
Traverse City
231-947-2238
(c) 231-631-7275
fredwille34@gmail.com

Jeffrey F. Wise
Waterford
248-431-5660
wisejeff1954@gmail.com