Rule 560. Sections 105.1.1, 105.1.2, and 105.2 of the code are amended as follows:
105.1.1. Annual permit. In place of an individual permit for each alteration to an already approved
electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing installation, the enforcing agency is authorized to issue an annual
permit upon application to any person, firm, or corporation. The applicant shall be licensed in accordance
with the requirements of the electrical administrative act, 1956 PA 217, MCL 338.881 to 338.892,; Forbes
mechanical contractors act, 1984 PA 192, MCL 338.971 to 338.988,; or state plumbing act, 2002 PA 733,
MCL 338.3511 to 338.3569.
105.1.2. Annual permit records. The person to whom an annual permit is issued shall keep a detailed
record of alterations made under an annual permit. Access to the records shall be provided at all times and
the records shall be filed with the enforcing agency.
105.2. Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of the code shall not be deemed
to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the code or any other laws or
ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for any of the following:
(a) Building permits shall not be required for any of the following:
(i) One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses,
provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15m2).
(ii) A fence that is not more than 7feet (134 mm) high.
(iii) Oil derricks.
(iv) A retaining wall that is not more than 4 feet (1 219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the
footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding class I, II, or III-A liquids.
(v) A water tank supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L)
and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2 to 1.
(vi) A sidewalk and driveway not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any
basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
(vii) Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.
(viii) Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
(ix) Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a group R-3 occupancy, as applicable in section 101.2,
that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and are installed
entirely above ground.
(x) Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service
(xi) Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached 1- and 2-family dwellings.
(xii) Window awnings in group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior wall that do not project
more than 54 inches (1 372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support, as applicable
in section 101.2.
(xiii) Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1 753
mm) in height.
(b) Electrical permits shall not be required, as in accordance with the Michigan electrical code, R
408.30801 to R 408.30880, for any of the following:
(i) Repairs and maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of
approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
(ii) Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of the code do not apply to electrical
equipment used for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to equipment and wiring for power
supply and to the installation of towers and antennas.
(iii) Temporary testing systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any temporary
system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
(c) Mechanical permits shall not be required for any of the following:
(i) A portable gas heating or gas appliance that has inputs of less than 30,000 Btu’s per hour.
(ii) Portable ventilation appliances and equipment.
(iii) A Portable cooling unit.
(iv) Steam, hot water, or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment or appliances
regulated by the code.
(v) The replacement of any minor part that does not alter the approval of equipment or an appliance or
make such equipment or appliance unsafe.
(vi) A portable evaporative cooler.