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Contact Information



•  Bert Gale — Building Official
• Steve Houghton — Inspector (building,
plan review)
• Charlie Sessoms – Inspector (building,
soil erosion, plan review)
• Ted Klumpp — Inspector (electrical,
plan review)
• Aldo Davis — Inspector (mechanical,
plumbing, plan review)
• Lorraine Houghton – Secretary (M-W)
• Kerrie Schendel – Secretary (Th-F)
Location / Address

Lower Level
Government Center
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Services Offered

  • Issuance of Construction and Demolition, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing permits
  • 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 county.

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 department’s 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 professional.

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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