Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department

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Please also Note  BSEED will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday November 25, 2020 through Friday November 27, 2020 and will reopen Monday November 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM.

ATTENTION CUSTOMER!

The Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) will continue to support Social Distancing by strongly encouraging taking advantage of the free online portals. If you must visit the BSEED offices you will be required to make an appointment for all services.

You will also be required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and adhere to the distancing guidelines imposed.

  • Access online services 24/7. Click Here!
  • Understand the full scope of your projects before you get started with our helpful online permitting tool. Click Here!
  • Make an appointment from you desktop or laptop (Click Here!) or download the free QLess app to your mobile device

The new QLess Appointment Program allows customers to get in line from a website at home or work, receive SMS text messages of their place in line and wait-time, and arrive at the location when it is time for their appointment.

  • Customers will schedule appointments from the BSEED webpage or from the easily downloadable free QLess App
  • Customers are allowed to make appointments Mon-Thurs
  • Customers are notified an hour prior to the appointment allowing the City time to confirm the appointment as well as allowing customers to cancel or reschedule
  • Customers will have the ability to book an appointment for a future day and time
  • Customers receive appointment reminders as the time of the appointment approaches, QLess automatically places the customer into your virtual queue

The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) mission is to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the general public as it pertains to buildings and their environs in an efficient, cost effective, user friendly and professional manner. BSEED enforces construction, property maintenance, environmental compliance and zoning codes, which preserve and enhance property values and promote a quality of life to make Detroit a preferred place to reside and conduct business.

 

Attention: Advertising & Sign Ordinance Amendments 

The City of Detroit has amended Chapter 4 of the 2019 Detroit City Code Advertising and Signs Ordinance for advertisement and business signs. The effective date of the amendment is December 9, 2020. To provide information on the changes to this ordinance and assist interested parties in navigating the City's Sign Permit process, the Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department will be hosting a three-day webinar for all sign professionals, business owners, and interested parties.

The Webinar will take place via ZOOM on November 18, 19, & 20, 2020. Each day's webinar session(s) will begin at 12:00 Noon and end at 3:00 p.m. The following subjects will be discussed along with topic Q & A sessions:

Day 1 Wednesday, November 18
Session 1:  General Overview and Implementation Strategy
Session Time:  Approximately 3 hours
Overview:  Introductions and comments from City officials. General review of changes to the Sign Ordinance and implementation strategies. A discussion on impacts of the sign ordinance to Owners, Sign Erectors, and Sign Specialists. Introduction of the Sign Guidebook.
Day 2 Thursday, November 19
Session 2:  General Requirements, Special Districts & Overlay, Historic District Review
Session Time:  Approximately 1.5 hours
Overview: Review major changes and new requirements for overlay districts and their impacts to signs. Overview of Historic Districts and Historic Review Process and requirements.

 

Session 3:  Permit Application Review Waiver & Appeals
Session Time:  Approximately 1.5 hours
Overview: Review Sign Application requirements and process and identify core changes. Overview of PDD waiver process. Overview of DA&H appeals and hearings requirements and process. Review of Historic Requirements. Overview of MDOT requirements for regulated roads.
Day 3 Friday, November 20
Session 4:  Business Signs, Construction Inspections, License, & Maintenance
Session Time:  Approximately 1.5 hours
Overview: Overview of general requirements and review major changes impacting business sign. Overview of construction inspections, Certificate of Acceptance. Outline sign license, maintenance requirements, and enforcement.

 

Session 5:  Advertising Signs, MDOT Requirements, Construction Inspections, License & Maintenance
Session Time:  Approximately 1.5 hours
Overview: Overview of general requirements and review major changes impacting advertising signs. Overview of construction inspections, Certificate of Acceptance, and initial Sign License. DPW Traffic & Encroachment review.

 

See FULL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

See FULL SEMINAR AGENDA

If you are interested in attending the Zoom Webinar Information as follows:

Topic: City of Detroit 2020 Advertisement and Sign Ordinance Webinar
Time: This is a recurring meet Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting: https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/85691972689 

Meeting ID: 856 9197 2689

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Chapter 4 Sign Ordinance (12-9-20)

Emergency Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners Meeting Notice

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21 (EO 2020-21) went to effect on March 24, 2020. EO 2020-21 has since been rescinded and is now replaced by Executive Order 2020-100 (EO 2020-100). Consistent with the various executive orders from Governor Whitmer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners will be meeting electronically until further notice. This action is being taken in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-75 (EO 2020-75), which provides temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings.

The Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners Meeting will be held electronically, in compliance with the Open Meetings Act and EO 2020-75, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., for an Emergency Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners Meeting for license. For additional assistance regarding the Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners Meeting call (313) 224-3201.

Topic: Wrecking Board of Contractors Examiners Emergency Meeting
Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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BSEED Hearings are accessible to the handicapped.  Any handicapped person needing special assistance (other than transportation) in order to participate in this hearing must notify the Department of such need at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the hearing.

Michigan Relay is a communications system that allows hearing persons and deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired persons to communicate by telephone.  Users may reach Michigan Relay by dialing 7-1-1 and then connecting with the Zoom conference number above.  There is no additional charge to use this service.  Please contact 313-224-3201 with any requests for accommodations. 

Special Land Use Hearings

BSEED Zoning Division will be holding Special Land Use Hearings. See the Zoning Division Page for additional details.

Marathon Variance Hearing Decision Letter

Additional temporary department updates due to COVID-19 include:

Zoning
Special land use and site plan reviews can now be submitted online through the BSEED website. Please email [email protected] or call 313-268-6690 for any additional questions or concerns. For information on a specific address or parcel please visit the zoning website.

 

DRC/Plan Review
All meetings will now be held virtually. Information on online permitting can be found here. Information on online plan review/plan uploads can be found here.

Key contacts

 

Construction
Construction inspections are still ongoing via Zoom. An in-person inspection is available only if the location is following COVID-19 safety protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.). Emergency complaint inspections will move forward on an as-needed. Construction requested office appointments can be done virtually, via Zoom or Skype by sending a request to our general email: [email protected].

Key contacts

 

Licenses and Permits
Apply for a business license or permit here
For general inquiries, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

 

Property Maintenance
Property Maintenance has resumed non-emergency interior inspections by appointment only with the exception of emergencies. We will continue to enforce on all exterior violations on both occupied and unoccupied structures (graffiti, overgrowth, debris.) DAH has delayed all new court dates and adjourned all current cases. This will provide all owners ample time to correct any exterior issues. DAH will notify owners via mail on all date changes.

Key contacts

 

Environmental Affairs

  • Submit a request for a right of entry here.
  • If you would like to make a complaint about: illegal dumping, tall weeds, or other solid waste environmental issues, submit a complaint on Improve Detroit HERE.
  • All other environmental complaints can be sent via email to [email protected].