Today is Thursday January 29, 2015
20025 Mack Plaza
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
*Please check the City Calendar for holiday office hours.
The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of all codes relating to the use, occupancy and construction of all buildings in Grosse Pointe Woods. All construction plans are reviewed by the Building Department before permits are issued. The Building Department issues all permits for building construction and conducts inspections by registered inspectors to ensure that all structures meet safety and code requirements. Building Department employees meet with builders, architects, homeowners, business owners and pertinent city departments prior to the start of any large construction project. The Building Department also works in conjunction with the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Additional responsibilities of the Building Department include: Code Enforcement, Property Maintenance including Sale and Rental properties, Signs, New Business, Commercial Properties, Rodent Control, Commercial & Residential Complaints, etc.
The primary responsibility of the Safety Inspection Division is the enforcement of construction codes relating to building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical work. The types of construction activity inspected include new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, demolitions, swimming pools, sheds, fencing and other related activities. Through inspections, the Code Official is able to ensure that all structures meet public safety and welfare requirements.
Alterations to commercial structures require an interview before the Planning Commission. Detailed guidelines for this procedure may be obtained from the Building Department office. The Division of Safety Inspection assists the Planning Commission, which is responsible for rezoning, subdivision proposals, sign proposals, and commercial building construction (both new and old). If the Planning Commission denies the proposal, its decision may be appealed to the City Council’s Board of Appeal. For details on the Board of Appeal procedure, check with the City Clerk’s office.
The Property Maintenance Code (Sec. 6-7-1) addresses minimum maintenance standards for buildings or property within the city to promote health, safety and welfare by maintaining the integrity of the structure and state of repair during the life of the building. A copy of this ordinance is available free from the City Clerk’s office.
Whenever there is a change of ownership of a home or business, or new residential construction, a Certificate of Occupancy is required. An inspection of the property is conducted by the Code Official. The buyer or tenant of property cannot occupy the building without having first obtained the Certificate of Occupancy from the Code Official. The Certificate of Occupancy is issued when all code violations are corrected, and it is valid for two years from date of issue.
Rental properties require a Certificate of Approval and must be registered with the Building Department. Information for rental properties shall include: name, address, and telephone number of the property owner, designated agent and tenants. Also, each tenant must be verified as an adult or minor. Upon the change of tenants, the property owner or agent has 30 days to register new tenants with the Building Department.
Report a complaint by e-mailing the Building Department or calling the Building Department at 343-2426. A staff member will take information regarding the location and nature of the violation. The Code Enforcement Officer will conduct an inspection of the property. If it is determined that a violation exists, the inspector will attempt to make contact with the property owner to resolve the problem voluntarily. If that is not possible, the inspector issues a notice of violation.
Find out how to correct the problem and do so promptly. You can ask for additional time provided you are making progress on the violations. Some problems are serious and correction must not be delayed. Remember to get proper permits that may be required for some repairs. If you are unwilling to take prompt action to correct the problems, there are several possible consequences. The City can arrange for a lot to be mowed or for a vacant, open structure to be boarded. The cost is then billed to you. If legal action becomes necessary, you will be served a notice to appear in the Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court.
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|Inspector's Name||Inspector's Type||Inspector's Hours|
|Gene Tutag||Residential & Commercial||Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm|
|John Prieur||Code Enforcement||Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm|
|Sean Ditty||Code Enforcement||Mon-Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm|
|George Washnak||Electrical & *Property Maint.||Mon, Wed, Thur
8:30-9am & 1-3pm
|Dave Podeszwik||*Property Maintenance||Wed & Thur 6-8pm
|Bob Bowers||Mechanical||Mon & Thurs
|Lou Gawley||Plumbing||Mon & Thurs
|*Includes Sale and Rental Inspections|