The City of Clare Building Inspector is an enforcing agent for the State of Michigan Construction Code. Now that there is a common building code for the whole state, the provisions of these codes are enforced at the local level, and in the case of the city, by our department.
The state building code says:
The provisions of the Building Code apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.
The purpose of these codes is to provide minimum standards for buildings constructed in a way that provides for structural integrity, fire safety and, most importantly, safe means of egress.
It is our goal to provide the services outlined in the codes in a professional and prompt manner. In addition to building inspections, this department handles the enforcement of the City of Clare's Code of Ordinances.
The quality, safety and aesthetic condition of housing and businesses in the City of Clare are a reflection of community values. The physical condition of the city’s structures is unique compared to other infrastructure in part because it is both a product of community wealth and essential criteria to building prosperity. While the role of city government in establishing building codes is clearly to protect the best interests of the community as a whole, the crafting and enforcement of these codes must also respect the rights of individuals.
The purpose of encouraging residents to keep their houses up to minimum housing code standards is to maintain the appearance and safety of our community’s housing stock. Appearance violations emphasize the exterior, not because it is more important than interior issues, but because the general public is only presented with the exterior view of the property. Exterior issues expand beyond the structure itself, including inoperable vehicles, junk, trash and garbage cans. Maintaining a neat, cared-for appearance in a neighborhood is an important deterrent to crime.