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Building and Engineering Department

Building Officials
Carl Brown
Tim Wright

Kim Brown

Building Department 
General Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
(313) 386-3636

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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 2015 Michigan Building Code, 2015 Michigan Residential Code, Michigan the 2015 Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Code and the 2015 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.


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 year on rental and Commercial property. Inspections are performed on Tuesdays between the hours of 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Inspectors, are in the Office on 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.

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
Five Family Dwelling $835.00
Sale Inspection Fees  
Single Family Dwelling $180.00

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.