Building Official’s Corner

A series of articles by Martin Van Berlo, Building Official, to help educate the public on Building Codes and their use in the built environment around us. Through the proper use and application of building codes, the citizens of our community can rest assured that construction around them will meet the minimum standards necessary to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare. Building codes address affordability, structural strength, means of egress, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment. They also provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

1 Building Codes – Where do They Come From?
2 Building Codes in Michigan
3 Building Codes – What is in the Book?
4 Building Codes – Who is Involved in the Use of Codes?

Code Books

Emmet County currently enforces the following codes for construction:

Construction of 1 & 2 Family Residential Dwellings and related accessory structures are under:

  • 2015 Michigan Residential Code (MRC) (trades included are Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)
  • 2015 Michigan Uniform Energy Code (MUEC)

Construction of all other buildings not included in the 2015 MRC are under:

  • 2015 Michigan Building Code (MBC)
  • 2017 Michigan Electrical Code (NEC with Michigan Amendments)
  • 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code (MMC)
  • 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code (MPC)
  • 2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings (MRCEB)

To order a copy go to:

Code Corner FAQ

The following articles were written by Martie Van Berlo, Building Department Director, over the past several years. Some of the codes may have been updated since these articles were written, but they can still be useful tools for your building project.

07-03 Building Safety
07-02 Firestopping
07-01 Rafter Construction
06-12 Insulated Concrete Foundation Systems
06-11 Asphalt Shingle Installation
06-10 Truss Bracing
06-08 Engineered Wood Products
06-07 Exterior Wall Sheathing 2
06-06- What’s in the Building Code regarding Swimming Pools
06-05 Crawlspace Ventilation
06-04 Attic and Crawlspace Access
06-03 Foam Plastic in Construction
06-02 Fireblocking, When and Where
06-01 Insulation Installation
05-12 Foundation Drainage Requirements
05-11 Doors
05-10 Foundation Anchorage
05-09 Fireplace Clearances
05-08 Certificate of Occupancy
05-07 Smoke Detectors
05-06 Garage Separation at House Connections
05-05 Roof Ventilation
05-04 Code Compliant Guardrails
05-03 Handrails
05-02 Truss – Wall Plate Connectors
05-01 Building Department Changes
04-12 Safety Glazing in Windows
04-11 Requirements for Emergency Egress Openings
04-10 Roof Sheathing Changes
04-09 Minimum Room Areas
04-08 Does My Building Project Require A Permit?
04-07 Truss Connection, What the Code Requires
04-06 Construction of Code Compliant Stairs
04-05 Working with your Local Inspection Dept
04-04 Drilling and Notching, How Much Can I Take Out 2
04-03 Drilling and Notching, How Much Can I Take Out 1
04-02 Wrapping It Up….Exterior Wall Weather Protection
04-01 Fasteners in Treated Materials

Related Links

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1702 | Contact Us