Welcome to the Flat Rock Building Department


Flat Rock City Hall will be open to the public by appointment ONLY starting June 1st. If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Building Department, please call 734-782-0445. The office doors will be open, but the gate will be locked. Someone will meet you at the white sign in table for your appointment. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

As of May 7th the Governor has opened up the start of construction for residential and commercial projects. The Flat Rock Building Department will be open for business for all your construction needs. If you require a meeting with one of our inspectors, please give us a call to set up an appointment. We are taking every precaution to protect our employees and our Flat Rock residents by meeting the executive order and social distancing. If an on-site In inspection is needed, please call to set it up through our inspection line (734-782-0445) and we will give you a window for that inspection. We will wear masks and gloves for any inside inspections that are needed. Inside inspections will be pushed to after the 15th, but if a inside inspection can not wait then we will discuss each case to meet the needs of each inspection as they arise. Our priority is safety. We are following all the CDC guidelines and will work with each contractor or home owner to get through this pandemic together and safely.


Electrical Inspector Schedule:

Monday & Wednesday  

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Mechanical Inspector Schedule:

Monday & Wednesday  

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Plumbing Inspector Schedule:

Tuesday & Thursday

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

Residential Construction


Construction can be done only to preserve, save or protect facilities and homes. Such as needing a roof, Tyvek, open holes and securing the building from water infiltration, doors or windows to make the site or facility safe from vandalism. Please understand construction under the Executive Order must be "essential". If you need clarification please feel free to call our office.

The United States Department of Homeland Security and CyperSercurity and Infastructure Security Agency has a statement out concerning Identification of Essiencial Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. Click on the link to view this statement.

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

    Phone: (734) 782-0445
    Extension: 2119
    Fax: (734) 783-0304
  • Mechanical Inspector
    Rob Secco
  • Electrical Inspector
    Robert Lenz
  • Plumbing Inspector
    Bernie Zarb