Building Without a Permit

 

 

Currently, Missaukee County adheres to 2003 Michigan Building Code for commercial construction and 2003 Michigan Residential Code for residential construction.

            The law stipulates under Section 105.1 of the Code; Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

            Occasionally, for whatever reason, homeowners or contractors will perform work requiring a building permit without obtaining the building permit.  To report construction requiring a building permit, the following information is necessary. This office does not reveal any information regarding the source of information.

 

  1. Current address and homeowner’s name of construction site.
  2. Contractor’s name, if applicable, performing work.
  3. Type of work being performed without a permit.
  4. Time frame when construction was started.
  5. Property tax number, if known, of site of construction.

 

When the building inspector becomes aware of non-permitted construction requiring a building permit, the construction site is red-tagged, prohibiting any further work until a valid building permit has been obtained.  A Certified Letter is issued from the building department office to the violating contractor/homeowner stating the type of violation cited, fine imposed and the time-frame in which a building permit must be obtained.  Failure to respond may result in further penalties or fines to the contractor or homeowner.