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Building and Engineering Department

Building Department
Engineering Department

General Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
313-386-3636

Inspection Hot Line
 313-436-4000

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The mission of the Building and Engineering Department is to provide required inspections, permitting, plan reviews and inspection services in accordance with the Michigan Building Code. The Building and Engineering Department provides support for City ordinances regarding the sale of all buildings, rental of buildings.

Building Department

Welcome to the City of Ecorse Building Department. The Building Department serves residents and businesses by supporting new construction projects, renovation of existing properties, and building expansion within the City. Our staff is dedicated to providing user-friendly, professional customer service in order to make it easier for individuals and companies to achieve their building objectives and comply with building codes, zoning requirements, and City ordinances.

The Building Department, in cooperation with other City divisions such as the Planning & Zoning Commissions encourages investment in the City. The vision is to develop a vibrant community where residents and tourists are able to enjoy quality of work and life. The City adopts codes and zoning policies to protect health and safety. Anyone planning to build or improve his or her property should contact the Building Department for important information on codes and ordinances.

Building Code

The City of Ecorse has adopted the 2009 Michigan Building Code, 2006 Michigan Residential Code, Michigan the 2009 Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Code and the 2009 Michigan Electrical Code. Copies of the codebooks are available for purchase online at the State of Michigan website. To see the international property maintenance code of Michigan, you can click here.

Inspections

The City of Ecorse requires inspections for all homes that are being sold or rented. Inspections may be scheduled by calling (313) 386-3636. Inspections are performed Upon sale and rental inspections are required every two years on rental property. Inspections are performed on Tuesdays between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Inspectors, are available Tuesday 8:30 am to 9:00 am for questions.

Inspections can be scheduled by calling the Building Department Inspection Line at (313) 436-4000. Leave the address, the type of inspection needed, the permit number and a call back number.

Click here to see the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code.

Inspection Fees

Rental Inspection Fees:

Single Family Dwelling $195.00
Two Family Dwelling $355.00
Three Family Dwelling $515.00
Four Family Dwelling $675.00
Maximum of $900.00

Sale Inspection Fees:

Single Family Dwelling $180.00

Code Enforcement

This notice is a NOTICE OF GARBAGE VIOLATION Article II. Collection and Disposal Sec. 13-24. Placement and Removal of containers. Receptacles, containers or bundles of combustible rubbish and combustible rubbish mixed with garbage in a garbage container shall be placed on the outside of the sidewalk where the collection is from the curb and in the alley immediately adjacent to the property line where the collection is from the alley after sundown (6pm) of the day preceding the day scheduled for collection. All empty receptacles or containers are to be removed from the alley and street the same day that the collection is made. Receptacles, containers and bundles of articles of noncombustible rubbish shall be placed on the outside of the sidewalk where the collection is from the curb and in the alley immediately adjacent to the property line where the collection is from the alley after sundown of the day preceding the day scheduled for collection, which collection day may be separate from the day scheduled for the collection of garbage and combustible rubbish, as set by the superintendent of public works or his authorized representative. All empty receptacles or containers are to be removed from the street the same day that the collection is made.

Engineering Department

The Engineering Department is responsible for the scheduling, technical planning, design, bid processing, award recommendation, contract administration and actual on-site field inspection and contractor supervision of all City of Ecorse public works infrastructure improvement projects.

It is the responsibility of the Engineering Department, either internally or through private consultants, to produce the plans and bid documents for most City projects. The department also works to ensure that the City’s interests are addressed on projects designed by other public agencies, reviews private property site plan submissions with respect to City engineering requirements and issues permits to ensure compliance with City Standards and Ordinances. The Engineering Department also administers and manages the on-site field inspection of the City’s public works construction projects. It oversees a wide variety of projects done in cooperation with private developers and other governmental agencies and provides inspection, materials testing, data collection, construction layout services and other technical assistance to City departments including Parks & Recreation and Water & Sewer Divisions of the Department of Public Works.

The primary objective of the Engineering Department is to produce projects which result in an optimal expenditure of City funds. In order to achieve this, both the short and long term impacts of project alternatives are carefully considered. The Engineering Department works to provide the City of Ecorse residents and visitors with the best infrastructure systems possible.