BUILDING SAFETY & CODE
|Location / Address
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Issuance of Construction and Demolition, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing
- Plan reviews
- Inspections of construction projects (all trades) for compliance of State Codes
- State Code enforcement
- Soil Erosion management
This Department is responsible for administration and enforcement of the state
code or codes, in Benzie County and Springdale Township in Manistee County, with
regards to inspections pertaining to, new construction, existing buildings, accessory
structures, remodels, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, demolition and maintenance
of existing buildings.
The Benzie County Building Safety and Code Enforcement Department was established
in 1974 with one inspector. We currently have a staff of 2 people working full time
in the office and 2 contract inspectors, together to make sure the minimum requirements
for the construction industry are being met, as well as, the safety and welfare of
This department currently uses BS&A computer programs for processing permits
and doing code enforcement. It is integrated with other departments like Equalization,
so we have up to date information on land parcels in Benzie County.
The Building Official (Director) is an individual appointed by the Board of Commissioners
or Township Boards for enforcement of the State codes and to work as an inspector,
plan reviewer, and actively engage in the administration and enforcement of adopted
building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing codes or any combination of the adopted
codes. The Building Official is also responsible for the direction of the departments
employees, sets office policy and procedures in order to provide accurate and efficient
service to the public and enforcement of the State of Michigan Codes.
The Inspectors are responsible for administration and enforcement of the state codes
and who is registered in compliance with 1986 PA 54, MCL 338.2301 et seq, under the
requirements of the applicable building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing code
administered and enforced within the governmental subdivision they are employed.
These responsibilities include performing plan reviews and inspections of projects
as pertains to their respective fields. Documenting code violations for inspections
and making sure letters or correction notices get to the proper applicant or design
The Plan Reviewer is responsible for examining construction documents submitted to
determine whether the description on the plans, at least, meet the minimum requirements
for the applicable code edition and field pertaining to their respective code. To
prepare a plan review for documents submitted and give a copy to the applicant or
design professional for review of changes, if applicable.
The Secretary/Permit processor is responsible for processing permits, receiving money,
helping with customers, transfer of building plans, vouchers, answering phones, assists
at counter, acquires needed office supplies, inputs inspection slips, filing documents,
updating contractors on permits and registry with new licenses and supporting department
staff in other areas when needed. Maintain hand out information for the public.
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