Welcome to the Flat Rock Building Department


Any projects that require a permit through the City that HAVE NOT been approved by a City Inspector and DO NOT have a permit on file, the responsible party will be issued a Civil Municiple Infraction.


Contractors and Homeowners completing their own projects, please call our office 24 hours in advance to schedule an inspection. We will not accept same day inspections unless it is a safety emergency. Thank you for your cooperation.


Our Building/Zoning Fee Schedule has changed as of July 1st, 2020. Please click the link to view fees. All Business Licenses, Business and Residential C of O's, and Rental Inspections will require an inspection by the City of Flat Rock Fire Department and Building Department. A fee will be required per our ordinance under special inspection and will be $60 per inspection. Re inspection fees will be $85. We will will not issue any C of O, Rental or Business license without fire and building approval.
Andrew Miller
Building Official and Safety Director | City of Flat Rock


Electrical Inspector Schedule:

Monday & Wednesday  

8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Mechanical Inspector Schedule:

Monday & Wednesday  

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Plumbing Inspector Schedule:

Thursdays Only

11:00 AM 3:00 PM


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 Building Director
Andrew Miller


Building Inspection:




Office Hours:

8:00 AM-4:30 PM


Phone:  (734) 782-0445
Fax:       (734) 783-0304

Temporary Outdoor Seating Permits


Is your dining area now limited due to Covid-19 regulations? The Building department is here to help. We are temporarily allowing businesses to apply for outdoor dining space. Please look at the list of requirements and submit your request on the provided form to jliedel@flatrockmi.org. If you have any further questions, please call us at the office.

Summer Project Permits


With summer just around the corner it is a great time for building projects. Whether you want to build a new shed for all your lawn care equipment or to install a nice cool pool for the kids in the back yard, we can help by making sure it is a safe stucture per our cities ordinances and codes.

The Checklists below are what we look for when summer projects are in the process of being built.

Before any projects are started a Building/Zoning Permit is required. Once the application has been recieved, our inspectors will conduct a plan review. Once the plan review tasks are completed and the permit is paid in full, we will issue your building permit to start building your project. One CANNOT start a project without requiring a permit. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at the office.

Property Maintenance


  • All lawns must be properly and consistently maintained.  Grass and weeds should be kept under 6".
  • All property owners or occupants must maintain their property, including keeping the grounds free of litter, debris, weeds and junk.
  • Certain items can not be stored outside, such as interior furniture, inoperable vehicles, garbage not in approved containers and construction debris.
  • Firewood must be stored 12 inches off the ground.
  • Homeowners could face penalties for violating city ordinances regarding property maintenance.

Need to report a problem?  Please call (734) 782-0445 or email our Ordinance Officer, at buildingsafety@flatrockmi.org.

2015 Michigan Building Code


- 2015 Michigan Uniform Energy Code (effective September 20, 2017)
- 2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings (effective September 13, 2016)
- NEC 2017 Michigan Electrical Code with Part 8 Amendments (effective January 4,2019)
- 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (effective April 20, 2015)
- 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code (effective April 12, 2017)
- 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code (effective April 20, 2017)
- 2015 Michigan Residential Code (effective February 18, 2016)
- 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (effective July 3, 2019)
- 2015 National Fire Code (as referenced inside the Michigan Building Code)


Dept. Contacts

  • Building Director
    Andrew Miller
    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2163
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Building & Safety Clerk
    Jennifer Liedel
    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2109
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer
    Tom Chorkey
    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2339
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Building Inspector / Plan Reviewer
    Mike Dalton
    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2119
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Ordinance Officer
    Chuck Gillenwater
    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2135
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Mechanical Inspector
    Rob Secco
  • Electrical Inspector
    Robert Lenz
  • Plumbing Inspector
    Bernie Zarb