2023 Michigan Residential Building Code

Navigating the Changes: How the 2023 Michigan Residential Building Code Affects Owners & Architects

Starting in April, the state of Michigan intends on adopting the 2023 Michigan Residential Building Code. Local municipalities expect the 2023 MRC to be in effect locally 90-120 days after enactment. We are advising owners to let us submit permits before the code changes come into effect for several reasons:

Avoiding Compliance Issues: Once the new building code is implemented, projects must adhere to the updated standards. Submitting permits before the changes take effect allows projects to be built under the current regulations, avoiding potential complications or delays associated with adjusting designs to meet the new requirements.

Expediting the Permitting Process: Permitting can be a lengthy process involving reviews and approvals from various authorities. By submitting permits before the code changes, owners can take advantage of the existing procedures, potentially expediting the approval process and avoiding any backlog that may occur with the introduction of new regulations.

Securing Grandfathering Rights: Some jurisdictions offer “grandfathering” provisions, which allow projects submitted before the implementation of new regulations to be exempt from certain requirements or to follow the previous code standards. Submitting permits before the code changes ensure owners can benefit from any grandfathering provisions that may apply.

Cost Savings: Building projects often involve significant financial investments. Submitting permits before the code changes can help architects and their clients avoid potential additional costs associated with redesigning projects to meet the updated standards or addressing compliance issues identified under the new code.

Maintaining Project Timelines: Delays in obtaining permits or making revisions to comply with new regulations can disrupt project timelines. By submitting permits before the code changes, architects can help maintain project schedules and ensure that construction activities proceed as planned.

The 2023 Michigan residential building code revision stands as a significant milestone, introducing a new era of standards and requirements that will inevitably influence the permitting processes for architects and builders statewide. As Michigan’s architectural and construction principles evolve in response to the 2023 building code changes, both will need to be ready to adapt.

 

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