Building Official

Responsibilities
The Building Official administrates and interprets the adopted Building Codes and supervises or participates in the inspection of vacant, under construction or occupied buildings, structures and construction sites. The Building Official develops systems to maximize the efficiency of the Building Division and to achieve high quality and safe development in the City of Bloomfield Hills. It is the duty of the Building Official to:
  • Prior to issuance of a permit, oversee the application process to ensure that the proposed project meets all necessary zoning and ordinance requirements
  • Review all applications, construction plans and building specifications to ensure that all Building code and ordinance requirements are complied with.
  • Check for violations of state and local codes and the proper licensing of those individuals installing building components and the electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and refrigeration systems.
  • Provide assistance, leadership, direction and motivation to the administrative and inspection staff.
  • Conduct or supervise the preparation of a variety of studies, reports and recommendations and coordinates departmental record-keeping activities.
  • Issue violation notices or stop-work orders when code violations are observed, and then assist the City Attorney in securing criminal warrants from the County Prosecutor when compliance with law is not achieved.
Make an Appointment
The Building Official is generally in the office between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day, most afternoons and by appointment. It is suggested that you check with the Official for specific availability to avoid conflicts with scheduled administrative meetings or other appointments.