Alpine Building Department
State Building Code Updates:
2012 Michigan Residential Code (covering 1 and 2 family dwellings)
2012 Michigan Buidling Code (covering all other structures)
2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings
2011 Michigan Energy code
Welcome to the Alpine Township Building Department. The Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the State of Michigan Construction Codes.
The State codes currrent being enforced are:
- 2012 Michigan Building Code.
- 2015 Michigan Residential Code.
- 2012 Michigan Plumbing Code.
- 2012 Michigan Mechanical Code
- 2014 National Electric Code in conjunction with the 2015 Michigan Residential Code.
- 2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings.
- 2012 International Fuel Gas Code.
The Township Inspectors are licensed by the State of Michigan and are required by the state to renew their licenses every three years upon proof of completing the continuing education credit work as mandated by the Bureau of Construction Codes
Please remember, any work performed by a contractor must be inspected by a licensed inspector by state law. Building inspections can be performed any time during the week and trade inspections (electrical, plumbing, mechanical) are performed usually late afternoon. Contractors are required to request inspections through our office and inspections are allowed to be performed until 6:00pm.
Types of work requiring permitsThe State of Michigan Construction Codes lists specifically what types of work require permits and what is exempt from the permitting process. If you are having any work done for you by a contractor that you have hired and you do not have proof of a permit being obtained (a yellow permit card), you should verify with the Building Department if a permit was required. Remember, state licensed inspections not only verify proper installation and structural integrity, they also verify safety, quality of life, and egress requirements of the State Codes. Some examples of what type of work requires a permit and what does not are listed below:
|Work requiring a State mandated permit
(2015 MRC/2012, Section 105.1)
|Work not requiring a permit
(2105 MRC/2012 MBC, Section 105.1)
|Exterior Decks and Sunrooms||Painting, wallpapering, carpeting|
|Replacing water heaters||Repairing leaking pipes|
|Sheds greater than 200 square feet||Playground equipment for a residence|
|Basement remodels||Replacing countertops|
|Replacing a furnace||Retaining walls less than 4' tall|
|Swimming pools greater than 24" deep||Sidewalks and driveways|
|Interior remodels and tenant finishes||Landscaping not including retaining walls|
|Installing drywall||Sheds less than 200 square feet|
|Bathroom remodels||Replacing existing light fixtures|
|Egress windows and window wells||Lawn sprinkler systems|
|New roofing and/or exterior siding||Repairing windows|
|New or upgraded electrical service||Replacing plumbing fixtures|
Mobile Home Parks
|The Building Department is responsible for inspecting new mobile home
installations and inspecting mobile home rental units. All accessory structures
attached to a mobile home (Decks, Sunrooms, Storage Additions, etc...)
require building permits. Any yard storage buildings greater than 200 square
feet require a building permit before construction. any storage units below 200
square feet require a zoning compliance permit. By state law, units constructed
before 1976 are not allowed to be moved into a community without being re-certified
by a state licensed agency.
Any contractor performing work greater than $600 in value is required to have a license as issued by the state of Michigan. The Building Department verifies all State licenses and can assist if you have any questions about a contractor you're dealing with.