The Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 2016 PA 407, MCL 339.5101 to MCL 339.6133, repealed the
•The Boiler Act, 1965 PA 290, MCL 408.751 to 408.776.
•The State Plumbing Act, 2002 PA 733, MCL 338.3511 to 338.3569.
•The Forbes Mechanical Contractors Act, 1984 PA 192, MCL 338.971 to 338.988.
•The Electrical Administrative Act, 1956 PA 217, MCL 338.881 to 338.892.
•The Building Officials and Inspectors Registration Act, 1986 PA 54, MCL 338.2301 to 338.2313.
The repealed acts are outdated and do not provide uniform licensing, complaint investigation, and
enforcement provisions for skilled trades licenses. This places a burden on the bureau
administering these acts and creates an inefficient use of resources. Additionally, many licensees
who are cross-licensed in multiple trades have expressed dissatisfaction with conflicting
provisions in separate statutes. The Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 2016 PA 407, streamlines the
processes for all license types included while providing for modernized provisions, such as
electronic communication and third-party continuing education tracking options, and specifies
violations for unlicensed activity as provided to other regulated professions. While the Skilled
Trades Regulation Act repealed the five Acts that regulated certain skilled trades, this new Act
includes provisions to regulate those same skilled trades. Consequently, the bureau is
promulgating a new rule set to regulate these skilled trades, as provided under the new Act. In
addition, the bureau has submitted separate RFRs to rescind the current rules that were
promulgated under the authority of the five Acts that have been repealed.
8. Please cite the specific promulgation authority for the rules (i.e. department director,
commission, board, etc.).
Department Director and Boards & Commission.
A. Please list all applicable statutory references (MCLs, Executive Orders, etc.).
Promulgation of the Skilled Trades Regulation rules is authorized under section 207 of the Skilled
Trades Act, 2016 PA 407, MCL 339.5207; and Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 2003-1, 2008
-4, and 2011-4, MCL 445.2011, MCL 445.2025, and MCL 445.2030. This authority replaces the
previous rules promulgation authority under the five repealed Acts.
B. Are the rules mandated by any applicable constitutional or statutory provision? If so, please
Some of the rules are mandated pursuant to MCL 339.5207(1) -(3), which states that the
department shall, in consultation with the appropriate board, promulgate rules that the department
considers necessary and appropriate to implement and administer articles 1-6 and that enable the
department to fulfill its responsibilities under the act; that establish fees for licenses, exams, and
inspections; and that establish the fee schedules for other items, including, but not limited to,
variance requests, product approvals, or special inspections.
9. Please describe the extent to which the rules conflict with or duplicate similar rules,
compliance requirements, or other standards adopted at the state, regional, or federal level.
There are no similar rules or regulations adopted by the state, regional or federal government.
10. Is the subject matter of the rules currently contained in any guideline, handbook, manual,
instructional bulletin, form with instructions, or operational memoranda?
There is no subject matter of these rules currently contained in any guideline, handbook, manual,
instructional bulletin, form with the instructions, or operational memoranda.
11. Are the rules listed on the department’s annual regulatory plan as rules to be processed
for the current year?
Yes, these rules are listed in the department's annual regulatory plan.