City of Luna Pier

Building & Zoning

Building & Zoning Contact Info

Michael Demski, Building/Zoning

734-848-6495 ext. 202

Office & Inspection Hours: (except holidays)
Wed. 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Fri. 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Inspections may be arranged outside of normal business hours for an additional inspection fee. Please fill-out Inspection Request form below and submit with fee to the office staff to arrange for an appointment.


Don Olsweski, Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector


Plumbing & Mechanical Inspections
Will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays ONLY
Please contact the Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector to schedule an inspection

Dale Kolar, Electrical Inspector


Electrical Inspections
Inspections are performed on Tuesdays & Thursdays with 48 hours notice. Please plan ahead and call the Electrical Inspector to request an inspection



Special Inspections

Fact Sheets & Info

Zoning Ordinance

Master Plan Information

See the City of Luna Pier’s Master Plan Slide Show! (This is a fairly large file that might take a minute to upload, so please be patient.)

The City of Luna Pier Master Plan, adopted in 2010, continues to be the guiding document for past and future developments for the City of Luna Pier.   The Master Plan, adopted in 2010, centers around the transformation of the City both before and after the closing of the J.R Whiting Power Generating Facility which will occur in April 2016.   To compensate for this drastic reduction in the tax base of the City, City Leaders have had to make plans to transform the City to a placemaking community in order to attract developers and visitors to invest in the City and to create a place that visitors and future visitors will return over and over and participate in the economic revival of the City.  

The first project that resulted from the Master Plan was the construction of the Luna Pier Light House Project built in 2012-2013 with a grant from the State of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in the amount of $460,000.   The second project to be completed was the improvements to Lakewood Avenue  that included the reconstruction of Lakewood Avenue  with funding from MDOT’s Major Street funding.

The next project is the projected renovation of Luna Pier Road from Harold Drive East to the Lighthouse with funding from Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternative Program for streetscape renovations and upgrades and a complete resurfacing of Luna Pier Road with funding from the City’s Major Street Fund.  The City will be required to match up to $130,000 from local funds for the streetscape renovations.  

These projects will be the impetus for future commercial investment in the City in order to add to the tax base and increase revenue to the City.  These revenue increases will be used to restore services that had to be reduced or eliminated because of the massive reduction the City’s tax base as a result of the closure of the J.R. Whiting Plant.

Without  the vision of the Master Planning that was done in 2009-2010 these projects may not have been possible.   With the plan in place the City becomes eligible for outside funding that may not have been available to them otherwise.

Building/Zoning Notices

City of Luna Pier is now permitted to issue permits

In accordance with Michigan Governor Updated Executive Order 2020-70, the City of Luna Pier is now permitted to issue permits for new construction activities.

Read the Safety Guidelines

Business at City Hall is being conducted through email, phone, resident pick-up, and drop-off box. The building is currently closed to the public.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

At this point I am planning to check messages periodically and doing building inspections that can be done safely. Please try to email or fax applications and supporting documents. We also have a drop-box on the front of the office if that is more convenient.

New Code

The 2015 Michigan Residential Code is now in effect. This code now includes new Energy Code requirements (chapter 11). The Building Code in effect is 2015 Michigan Code (for projects other than residential).

Construction & Remodeling

Most construction, remodeling and improvements require a permit, including re-roofing and siding. Please contact the Building Department BEFORE beginning your project to see if a permit is required.

Property Maintenance Code

Property maintenance has become a bigger concern to area residents. Prior to the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), the Building Department would receive complaints from tenants and adjacent property owners regarding unsafe conditions; however, the city did not have the enforcement power to take any action. There was a gap between new construction code requirements and what could be defined and enforced as blight. Typically after the original certificate of occupancy there wouldn’t be any legal avenue for inspections on existing properties thus opening the door to unsafe conditions. As properties age and more vacancies occur, this can create problems. The State of Michigan adopted the IPMC by reference, which provides for minimum safety standards for all existing residential and nonresidential structures. In 2007 the City Council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code and the Building Department has been enforcing it on a complaint basis.

When structures are not properly maintained it affects the public health, safety and general welfare, as well as, the aesthetic value of community at large and can have a direct effect on property values. It is our duty to ensure that all residents, including our tenants, are living in safe conditions. Further, many furnaces, water heaters, changes to electric service, etc. are being installed improperly, without permits, creating unsafe and hazardous conditions. The IPMC was adopted to correct unsuitable conditions and to establish mechanisms for continued maintenance of structures thereby promoting health, safety, and welfare of the community and the residents.
Purpose – The IPMC includes provisions that are intended to maintain a minimum level of safety and sanitation for both the general public and the occupants of a structure, and to maintain a building’s weather-resistant and structural performance. Following is a brief outline of the code and descriptions of some of the items covered:
Chapter 1 covers Administration of the code
Chapter 2 includes Definitions
Chapter 3 covers General Requirements
Chapter 4 covers Light, ventilation and occupancy limitations
Chapter 5 covers Plumbing facilities and fixture requirements
Chapter 6 covers Mechanical and electrical requirements
Chapter 7 covers Fire safety

Building News & Tips

Heaters and Cold Weather Safety Tips

As the cold weather is well upon us, heating related safety is of utmost concern. The majority of fire deaths occur during these cold months and they are often related to inadequate heating systems or the improper use of heating systems.

As heating costs rise and temperatures dip, energy costs are on everybody’s mind.

Portable electric heaters can be an efficient way to warm your room or supplement central heating; however, if not used properly, they can be a fire or electric shock hazard. According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) study, there are about 3,000 portable heater fires annually. Of those fires, most were caused by improper use.

The following general safety guidelines can help keep your home and family safe.

Electric Heaters

• Electric heaters should have automatic safety switches to turn them off if tipped over. They also should carry the UL approval label.

• Be sure to check cords before plugging in the heater. If frayed, worn, or broken, do not use. Either replace the heater or have an electrician replace the cord. Just putting tape on the cord is not enough to prevent overheating and fire.

• Never use extension cords with portable heaters. To supply a heater with a small, ordinary household extension cord will cause the cord to overheat and burn.

• Keep all materials that can burn at least 36 inches away from unit.


Kerosene Heaters

• Many kerosene heater related fires are attributed to the misuse or abuse of the device. Get started on the right foot by purchasing a heater that carries the UL label.

This means it has been tested for safety.

• Be sure it has an automatic safety switch to shut it off if it’s tipped over.

• An automatic starter eliminates the need for matches and makes for safer starts.

• A fuel gauge will help ensure you do not overfill the heater dangerously.

• A safety grill on the front can prevent accidental contact burns.

• Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly.

• Use only crystal-clear 1K kerosene; never use yellow or contaminated kerosene or any other fuel. Fill it only outside. Kerosene should be stored outside in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is clearly marked for kerosene.

• When using kerosene heaters, be sure the room is well ventilated. Opening a door to an adjoining room or area may be enough. Better yet, slightly open a window in the room.


Wood Heaters

Wood stoves and other wood burning devices are popular heating systems. Before investing in one for your home, think as much about safety as you will about ease of use, efficiency and appearance.

• Have your stove installed by a professional.

• Keep a tight-fitting screen or glass door in front of the stove or fireplace at all times.

• Special retaining screens can keep children and pets away from wood stoves and prevent burns.

• Dispose of ashes in metal containers, never in paper bags, cardboard boxes, or plastic wastebaskets. Soak ashes with water to cool them thoroughly.

• Remember, ashes can retain enough heat to cause a fire for several days, so take no chances.

• Although these tips should help prevent a fire, know the signs of danger. A loud roar, sucking sounds and shaking pipes mean trouble and danger. If you hear these sounds, get everyone out of the house. Quickly shut off the fire’s air supply by closing any air intake vents in the firebox. Close the damper. Call the fire department from a nearby phone.

• Keep any heater at least three feet away from anything that might burn. This means curtains, walls, furniture, papers, etc.

• To avoid injury and other mishaps, keep children and pets away from heaters.

• ALWAYS REMEMBER, don’t try to get a small device to do a big job. For best results, direct the heat from a portable heater where you want it. It won’t heat an entire room. Focus the heat where you need it – but not so close it can cause fires or burns.

• Working smoke alarms should be a priority at any time of year. This is a great time to test your alarms to make sure they are working. With the use of modern technology, many communities in the United States are taking safety a step further by installing residential sprinkler systems. These systems quickly control the fire causing little or no damage, preventing the loss of life and property.