Q: Can a Township building inspector require more stringent building codes that exceeds the state's building codes?

Building a pole building as a residential secondary building for personal storage. Typical 50 x 54 building with vertical beams spaced 8' on center. Inspector won't issue building permit unless beams are 6' on center. Also, inspector won't accept 18" preformed concrete pads, is demanding 24" dia. X 24" deep concrete "poured" pads for each beam. Using engineered and stamped trusses meeting required snow load.

1 Lawyer Answer
David Soble
David Soble
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The building code sets forth the minimum standard for construction. There must be something in the engineering report that causes their concern. A stamped report from structural engineer should be enough.

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