CITY OF UTICA
7550 AUBURN ROAD
UTICA, MICHIGAN 48317
GERARD OWCZARZAK, BUILDING INSPECTOR
DIANE POZOLO, BUILDING DEPT. CLERICAL
the City of Utica requires a building permit and
inspections for a new deck, shed or garage and many other items.
If you have any questions
regarding building matters, please call the Building Department
during regular city hall office hours.
The Building Inspector is the person who approves
all building permit
applications and follows up with the required inspections, answers
questions regarding the Zoning Ordinance and building requirements.
The Building Inspector not only issues the building
permits but he also is the
code enforcement official and issues citations when the ordinances
are not followed.
Even though we do not care to hear it, it's time
to make sure the snow blower and snow shovel are ready. Remember,
it is your responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow.
Let's keep them cleared for school children and all walkers.
Check growth of tree limbs over your house or garage
to avoid damage from heavy snow and ice coated branches. Make sure
your address is on your house or mailbox. We know there are still
a lot of houses and businesses that don't have them. Also, help
remind your neighbors if you notice theirs missing. This is important
for mail delivery, but more so in case you need the Police or Fire
Departments to reach you. Even worse, would be the need for an ambulance
that has a problem finding your address. Once again, it is time
to think about heating contractors. If you have problems with your
heat, be sure whoever works on your unit is a licensed contractor.
Make sure to ask to see their credentials. Remember,
changing a water heater or furnace does require a permit from the
Building Department and an inspection by our inspectors. You can
always call us to see if your project needs a permit. A reminder
to all landlords, your rental dwellings in the City of Utica, do
require a landlord license every year and an inspection every two
years. Far too many landlords have not followed thru with repairs
and inspections to get the license. If you are a renter, be sure
your landlord had your dwelling inspected by the Building Inspector.
A life-saving test: check your smoke alarms regularly
MSHDA's Property Improvement Program offers low
interest home improvement loans to single-family homeowners with
low-to-moderate income (up to $65,000, or $74,750 in certain areas).
Eligible home improvements insulation, window replacement, furnace
replacement, roof repair or replacement, new siding, installing
a ramp, remodeling a kitchen, and other similar improvements. Homeowners
can borrow up to $25,000 without equity, and up to $50,000 with
equity. Because we can amortize the loan up to 20 years, the monthly
payments are very affordable for those on a fixed income. The interest
rate for homeowners is 4%, 6%, or 8%, depending upon income. These
loans are provided through MSHDA-approved participating lenders
and community agents. For a list of lenders and agents, as well
as more program details, visit the web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda
and click on the Home Improvement link.