Updates from Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

Posted on March 24, 2023 by Jennifer Rigterink

Below is an update from the Bureau of Construction Codes within LARA regarding boilers and elevators, and manufactured housing communities. They are seeking local government’s assistance in sharing this information when applicable. Please use the links and contact info provided below if you have questions or are seeking additional information.

Building Management – Boilers and Elevators Operation Information

The Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 2016 PA 407, and the Elevator Safety Board Act, 1967 PA 227, provide for the installation, inspection, maintenance, and operation of boilers and elevators in Michigan.  The Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs administers these regulations to assure the safety of building structures and occupants where these devices are located.  The City of Detroit regulates these devices within its city limits with similar standards.

All boilers and elevators are required to maintain a current certificate of operation through routine inspections which are sometimes required to be conducted on an annual basis.  Builder owners, operators, and managers are responsible for these certificates being up to date.  These routine inspections are conducted by BCC and are safety measures in addition to preventative maintenance performed by boiler and elevator contractors.

If you buy or sell a building or are a management company that is starting or ending a contract please contact either the Boiler Section [email protected] or Elevator Section [email protected] within BCC and inform them of any ownership or contact information changes.  When emailing please provide your elevator serial number or boiler number and we will be able to review your records and provide you with answers and assistance.

Manufactured Housing Communities – Ownership Licensing Information

The Mobile Home Commission Act, Act 96 of 1987, was created to provide licensure and regulation in the construction, operation, and management of mobile home parks in the State of Michigan. As designated by the Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the Bureau of Construction Codes oversees these regulations.

All mobile home parks with 3 or more homes are required to obtain and maintain a license. It is imperative that parks apply for licensure as soon as they are constructed, purchased, or ownership transferred. Annual inspections are conducted to ensure compliance in the parks and ensure the safety of the residents.

New park owners can reach out to the Bureau of Construction Codes at [email protected] or 517-241-9316 for assistance in making application for a license and required documentation. Applications and additional information can be found at


Jennifer Rigterink is the League’s assistant director of state and federal affairs handling economic development, land use, and municipal services issues. She can be reached at [email protected].

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