Building & Codes
The building department is responsible for enforcing the building and other codes of the State of Michigan. These are the Michigan Building Code (MBC), the Michigan Residential Code (MRC), the National Electrical Code (NEC), Michigan Plumbing Code (MPC),and the Michigan Mechanical Code (MMC).
From time to time, the state revises and updates these codes to insure that all structures built or even sometimes existing must meet a certain minimum level of safety.
Bridgeport Township has 2 full time building inspectors, and 2 part time inspectors for electrical, plumbing, and heating installations. The "Building Official" is the highest authority in the township when it comes to enforcing the code. But, other codes exist and are enforced by the Fire Department also.
The Fire Department enforces two codes. These are the International Fire Code, and the Uniform Fire Code published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Enforcement insures that buildings meet a level of safety in fire protection and other hazards.
Before any structure is built, permits must be obtained and plans submitted. The building official/inspector/plan reviewer will then review the construction drawings to insure that the building will meet the building codes in effect. This review is also, when applicable, reviewed by other inspectors, fire department, and possibly other agencies when the proposed construction or development is commercial or a large residential development. After the review or reviews are completed, the building inspector will issue the construction permits applicable to the project.
It is important to first check with the building department for information on required permitting, or you may have to undo all the work you have completed or even remove the structure, if it was built without permits.
Click below to view online training videos provided by the Bureau of Construction Codes.
Ron Wheatley, Building Official / Administrator
Phone: 989-777-0940 ext 215 Fax: 989-777-4802
Building Department Counter Hours
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.