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Do Your Part, Get SepticSmart

 Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed September 18-22, 2017 as SepticSmart Week.  On Monday, September 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – in conjunction with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners – will kick off its fifth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. More information can be obtained by visiting the EPA’s website for septic (http://www.epa.gov/septic).

Michigan has a vision to protect and promote the wise use of its globally unique water resources.  This vision is outlined in the Strategy for Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage (Water Strategy) on the State of Michigan’s water strategy website (http://www.michigan.gov/waterstrategy).  Within the Water Strategy, a key recommendation is to ensure clean and safe water through passing a statewide sanitary code.

More than 1.3 million homes and businesses in Michigan depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, and household toxics to local waterways. Proper septic system maintenance protects public health, the environment, and saves the homeowner money through avoided costly repairs.

Simple tips for homeowners:

  • Protect It and Inspect It: Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to their state or local health department's recommendations. Tanks should be pumped when necessary, typically every three to five years. 
  • Think at the Sink: Avoid pouring fats, grease, and solids down the drain. These substances can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.
  • Don’t Overload the Commode: Only put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems.   
  • Don’t Strain Your Drain: Be water-efficient and spread out water use. Fix plumbing leaks and install faucet aerators and water-efficient products. Spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day – too much water at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.
  • Shield Your Field: Remind guests not to park or drive on a system’s drainfield, where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.     
  • Pump your Tank: Routinely pumping your tank can prevent your septic system from premature failure, which can lead to groundwater contamination. 
  • Test Your Drinking Water Well: If septic systems aren’t properly maintained, leaks can contaminate well water. Testing your drinking water well is the best way to ensure your well water is free from contaminates. 

    EPA’s SepticSmart Program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.

For information on SepticSmart Week or tips on how to properly maintain your septic system, visit EPA’s website for septic (http://www.epa.gov/septic)

This notice is sent on behalf of the Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, Environmental Health Section, Onsite Wastewater Program (http://www.michigan.gov/deqonsitewastewater)

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.

The 2015 Michigan Code is now if effect. (Nov. 2017)
The Michigan Building Code is 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