January 2022- Happy New Year

New Electrical Inspector job opportunity

Canton Michigan is seeking applications for a full time Electrical Inspector.  Click here

At our Annual Meeting it was great to see those who could be there.  Tony Tomasin was presented an award in recognition for his role in the Code Panel for the NEC.  34 Members recognized for their many years of membership. Vendors had a great showing with tables from Ideal, ABB, Young & Champagne electrical sales, and UL.

Mel Kooiker retired after many years of leading the chapter in one form or another.  The hospitality room from now on will be known as “Mel’s Place”. We wish him well in this next chapter of his life. 

LARA Construction Codes


Part 4. Building Code (ORR# 2019-125 LR)
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Construction Codes, will hold a public hearing on the amendments for the Part 4. Building Code.  The public hearing will be held on January 21, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in the Michigan Library & Historical Center, 1st Floor Forum, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI 48915.  The amendments of the Part 4. Building Code are proposed to take effect 120 days after filing with the Secretary of State.
The proposed rule set (2019-125 LR) will adopt by reference the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) with amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan.  The 2018 International Building Code provides the latest standards to protect the health and promote the safety and welfare of the people by regulating the construction, reconstruction, and alteration of buildings within the state.
The proposed rules will be published in the January 15, 2022, Michigan Register.  You may download a free copy of the proposed amendments by visiting the Bureau’s website at

Oral or written comments may be presented in person at the hearing on January 21, 2022 or submitted in writing by email no later than 5:00 p.m., January 21, 2022, to the following email address .  If your presentation at the public hearing is in written form, please provide a copy to the Rules Analyst, at the conclusion of your testimony at the hearing.  

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Construction Codes
Administrative Services Division

Telephone (517) 582-5519

July, 2021

Check the Legislation & Bureau page for  Michigan Residential Code Notification

July, 2021-Sad news 

Sad news to share on the passing of Mike Andrews, former Chief Electrical Inspector in Grand Rapids (59) lost his battle with Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mike left the Board a few years ago due to his illness. Please keep him and his family in your prayres

July, 2021

Our Summer meeting in Bay city  went of great! The general consensus was nice to be back in person.  Our next gathering will be as we host the Western Section meeting in September at Shanty Creek Resorts.  You can register for the meeting by clicking the banner at the top of every page of our website. There will be other activities our chapter has arranged, like fishing, golf and a Mackinac Island excursion.  Stay tuned to the website as we will make registration for those events as soon as possible.  Hope to see you then.  

October, 2020

PA407  rules meeting review from Tom, who has been keeping tabs on developments effecting us. 

Dear IAEI-Michigan Board Members,

I have reviewed the second draft of the proposed rules for Public Act 407. It appears that the Bureau has addressed the concerns that were raised during the first draft review relative to the continuing education requirements that were in the Act 54 Rules. Essentially, the training categories remain the mostly the same, with the formal addition of Plan Review as a category. There is a reduction in the number of required hours of training, from 47 to 34, for electrical inspectors, primarily in the Technical and Specialty categories, with a slight increase in the requirements for Communication and Plan Review. For electrical plan reviewers there is a requirement for an additional six hours of training in the Plan Review category.

The requirements for provisional registration are significantly changed under the proposed rules. This coincides with the Bureau moving to having a testing requirement in order to become registered as an inspector or plan reviewer. This has possible implications for our ongoing Inspectors School efforts, but I don’t think that it is a major concern as people will still be looking for training on the various public acts and other topics that we have been covering in order to prep themselves for the new exams.

There is another public hearing, via Zoom, on October 16th at 9:00 AM. Please let me know if you have any additional thoughts or concerns that should be presented with the representation of IAEI-Michigan as part of the hearing.

Best wishes,


Thomas Bowes