Department of Construction Codes

The Eaton County Courthouse and the offices of the Department of Construction codes will be closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our office hours have also been reduced.  Our new hours will be from  10am - 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All inspections have been cancelled in compliance with the Governor’s executive order and clarification from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. If you need an emergency or essential inspection outside of our current office hours, please email gbryan@eatoncounty.org. This is the only email address that will be monitored outside of our current office hours.

Building and trade permits will still be accepted by mail at 1045 Independence Blvd. Charlotte MI, 48813 or by email at constructioncode@eatoncounty.org. Office hours will be maintained during this time however, we will generally not be available for in office contact.  We appreciate your patience as we all try to get through this unusual time.

The Eaton County Department of Construction Codes is dedicated to providing the best services possible. Our staff members have spent many years providing quality service to the local communities within Eaton County and as our mission statement says, "Our goal is to provide a safer place to live, work and play", making the quality of life in Eaton County better for everyone.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the permit holder, homeowner/contractor to be knowledgeable of the appropriate Federal, State, Local laws, ordinances and building, electrical, mechanical and/or plumbing code sections related to the project and to make sure the project meets all of these code requirements along with the ability to complete the project that has been planned in a timely manner. 

Licensing

Homeowners, please remember to use only State of Michigan licensed contractors. State law prohibits unlicensed persons from acting as a contractor and using them limit's the recourse you have if the project doesn't go as planned. Always ask to see their license and verify it by using the link to the State of Michigan licensing verification website listed under Helpful Links in the column on the left side of this page.

Department of Construction Codes Responsibilities

The Eaton County Department of Construction Codes responsibility is to inspect the work and verify its compliance with the code. Inspectors cannot be involved in the planning of any work, or require any specific materials or equipment. Inspectors cannot advise anyone on how to do the work or solve any problems with the building construction, electrical wiring, plumbing or mechanical systems.

Inspectors are limited to answering specific code questions that may be asked and determining if what has been completed, or what work is proposed to be done will meet the appropriate code requirements. It is not the responsibility of the Eaton County Department of Construction Codes or any individual inspector to inform anyone of appropriate Federal, State, Local laws, ordinances or specific building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing code sections.

Inspections

Please call 517-543-3004 to request an inspection. Leave your name, phone number, permit number or address of the job site and type of inspection needed.

Current Codes

  • Building
    • 1 and 2 Family Residential 2015 Edition - Michigan Residential Code
    • Commercial and Industrial 2015 Edition - Michigan Building Code
  • Electrical
    • 1 and 2 Family Residential 2015 Edition - Michigan Residential Code
    • Commercial and Industrial 2018 Edition - Michigan Electrical Code (2017     N.E.C. with Michigan amendments)
  • Mechanical
    • 1 and 2 Family Residential 2015 Edition - Michigan Residential Code
    • Commercial and Industrial 2015 Edition - Michigan Mechanical Code
  • Plumbing
    • 1 and 2 Family Residential 2015 Edition - Michigan Residential Code
    • Commercial and Industrial 2015 Edition - Michigan Plumbing Code