19. If small businesses are not exempt, describe (a) the manner in which the agency reduced the economic impact
of the proposed rules on small businesses, including a detailed recitation of the efforts of the agency to comply
with the mandate to reduce the disproportionate impact of the rules upon small businesses as described below (in
accordance with MCL 24.240(1)(a-d)), or (b) the reasons such a reduction was not lawful or feasible.
The rules regulate licensees and registrants. While a licensee or registrant may work independently or as part of a
small business, the law does not allow the rules to exempt them from the requirements of the rules. However, the
impact on a licensee or registrant who may work independently or as part of a small business is minimized in the
proposed rules, as the rules are written broadly. The proposed rule changes will have minimal or no impact on a
licensee or registrant because all licensees and registrants are currently subject to renewal requirements.
A. Identify and estimate the number of small businesses affected by the proposed rules and the probable effect on
There are approximately 145 appraisal management companies, 1,165 collection practices, 63 personnel agencies,
5,535 architects, 523 hearing aid dealers, 649 landscape architects, 20,327 professional engineers, 793 professional
surveyors, 8,568 real estate brokers, 9,981 associate real estate brokers, and 38,422 real estate salespersons in
Michigan. Renewals for the, approximately, 220,302 licenses and registrations issued by the Bureau of Professional
Licensing pursuant to the Occupational Code are provided for in these rules.
A licensee or registrant may work independently or as a part of a small business, but no matter what type of business
environment the licensee or registrant operates in, he or she will have to comply with the proposed rules. The rules
do not impact small businesses differently because the impact is to the licensee or registrant.
B. Describe how the agency established differing compliance or reporting requirements or timetables for small
businesses under the rules after projecting the required reporting, record-keeping, and other administrative costs.
The agency did not establish separate compliance or reporting requirements for small businesses. The proposed rules
will apply to all licensees and registrants licensed by the Bureau of Professional Licensing under the Occupational
Code. The rules were drafted to be the least burdensome on all impacted licensees and registrants.
C. Describe how the agency consolidated or simplified the compliance and reporting requirements for small
businesses and identify the skills necessary to comply with the reporting requirements.
The agency did not consolidate or simplify compliance and reporting requirements with the proposed rules.
D. Describe how the agency established performance standards to replace design or operation standards required
by the proposed rules.
The agency did not establish performance standards to replace design or operation standards required by these rules.
20. Identify any disproportionate impact the proposed rules may have on small businesses because of their size or
The proposed rules impact license and registration renewals issued by the department pursuant to the Occupational
Code. There is no disproportionate effect on small businesses because of their size or geographic location.
21. Identify the nature of any report and the estimated cost of its preparation by small businesses required to
comply with the proposed rules.
There is no report required by a small business to comply with the proposed rule.
22. Analyze the costs of compliance for all small businesses affected by the proposed rules, including costs of
equipment, supplies, labor, and increased administrative costs.
There will be no increased costs of compliance for a small business concerning the costs of equipment, supplies,
labor, or administrative costs.
23. Identify the nature and estimated cost of any legal, consulting, or accounting services that small businesses
would incur in complying with the proposed rules.
There are no expected costs for legal, consulting, or accounting services that a small business would incur in
complying with the proposed rules.
24. Estimate the ability of small businesses to absorb the costs without suffering economic harm and without
adversely affecting competition in the marketplace.
There are no expected costs to a small business that will cause economic harm to a small business or the marketplace
as a result of the proposed rules.
25. Estimate the cost, if any, to the agency of administering or enforcing a rule that exempts or sets lesser
standards for compliance by small businesses.