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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

CLOSED on Wednesdays

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DepartmentsTownship Building Official   
Township Building & Zoning Official

Building/Zoning Official
Michael Demski
Telephone:  734.848.5915   ext.5
  Direct extention 226
Fax:  734-848-2548
Email: mdemski@erietownship.com

Permit Information

Most improvement projects will require a permit and inspections including most roofing, window and siding jobs. Small projects such as sheds and fences will not require a Building Permit but you must still obtain a Zoning Permit for compliance with setback, height and size requirements. Please see "When do you need a permit" below, under Info Sheets or call the Building Department for more information.


The Normal Hours for The Building Official

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday    8 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday                                         10AM to 4:00 PM

The Building Inspector will be out of the office from time to time
for inspections and:

Wednesdays (all day) - CLOSED

Friday from 8 AM to 10 AM - CLOSED


Will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays ONLY

Please contact the Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector to schedule an inspection:

Don Olszewski – 419-466-7238  


Inspections are performed as needed, with 48 hours notice. Please plan ahead and call the Electrical Inspector to request an inspection:

Darrick Whitaker – 734-755-4630

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Code News Minimize


The 2015 Michigan Residential Code is now if effect. (2-8-2016)

There have been a number of changes including the addition of chapter 11 which now incorporates the "Energy Code" into the MRC.

I have started working on a code update sheet to list the significant code changes. Check the Info Sheets Box in the coming weeks. 

The Michigan Building Code is the 2012 (for projects other than residential)  

Property Maintenance

Property maintenance has become a bigger concern to area residents. Prior to the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), the Building Department would receive complaints from tenants and adjacent property owners regarding unsafe conditions; however, the city did not have the enforcement power to take any action. There was a gap between new construction code requirements and what could be defined and enforced as blight. Typically after the original certificate of occupancy there wouldn’t be any legal avenue for inspections on existing properties thus opening the door to unsafe conditions. As properties age and more vacancies occur, this can create problems. The State of Michigan adopted the IPMC by reference, which provides for minimum safety standards for all existing residential and nonresidential structures. In 2007 the City Council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code and the Building Department has been enforcing it on a complaint basis. 

When structures are not properly maintained it affects the public health, safety and general welfare, as well as, the aesthetic value of community at large and can have a direct effect on property values. It is our duty to ensure that all residents, including our tenants, are living in safe conditions. Further, many furnaces, water heaters, changes to electric service, etc. are being installed improperly, without permits, creating unsafe and hazardous conditions. The IPMC was adopted to correct unsuitable conditions and to establish mechanisms for continued maintenance of structures thereby promoting health, safety, and welfare of the community and the residents.

Purpose – TheIPMC includes provisions that are intended to maintain a minimum level of safety and sanitation for both the general public and the occupants of a structure, and to maintain a building’s weather-resistant and structural performance. Following is a brief outline of the code and descriptions of some of the items covered:

Chapter 1 covers Administration of the code

Chapter 2 includes Definitions

Chapter 3 covers General Requirements

·   Section 301 identifies the scope of Chapter 3 and establishes who is responsible for complying with the code. This section also provides minimum maintenance requirements for vacant structures.

·   Section 302 establishes criteria for maintaining exterior property areas and accessory structures.

§   Including: sanitation, grading, garages, sheds, walks and drives.

·   Section 303 contains the requirements for swimming pools, spas and hot tubs and provides requirements for protective barriers and gates.

·   Section 304 establishes maintenance requirements for the structural, weather resistance, sanitary and safety performance of the exterior of a structure.

§   Including: paint protection, foundations, walls, roofs, stairs, porches, handrails, windows, doors and screens.

·   Section 305 establishes maintenance requirements for the structural, sanitary and safety performance of the interior of a structure.

·   Section 306 provides for the safety and maintenance of handrails and guardrails.

·   Sections 307 and 308 establish the responsible parties for exterminating insects and rodents, and maintaining sanitary conditions.

Chapter 4 covers Light, ventilation and occupancy limitations

Chapter 5 covers Plumbing facilities and fixture requirements

Chapter 6 covers Mechanical and electrical requirements

Chapter 7 covers Fire safety

For questions or more information on the International Property Maintenance Code you may view chapter 3 below or contact the Building Official by email or phone.

Click Here to View - Chapter 3 - General Requirements