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We can get rid of the Michigan Residential Code Electrical Requirements 

and just use the National Electrical Code and the Part 8 Rules, (The Michigan Electrical Code).

But we need your HELP!!

The Michigan Residential Code rules are open for proposals to adopt the 2021 Michigan Residential Code.

The deadline for proposals is next Friday July 15th, 2022.

The State of Michigan has opened the rule set for the 2021 Part 5 Residential Code.

Together We Can Remove the Electrical Requirements in the Michigan Residential Code and use ONLY the Michigan Electrical Code, Part 8 Rules.

We Need your Help!!

The Michigan Chapter IAEI Board of Directors unanimously supported revising the Michigan Residential Code, MRC to remove the electrical requirements in Chapter 34 and to revert to the Michigan Electrical Code, Part 8 Rules. The Chapter Membership, on June 17, 2022, also voted to unanimously support that change to the residential code.

We are requesting all members to submit a proposed rule change with the form below or from the Bureaus Website.


Below is the information from the Bureaus Website

2021 Part 5 Residential Code

The 2021 Residential rules are now open and we are seeking your input.

For your convenience, a Proposal Rule/Code Change Request Form is attached. The current Residential rule set can be reviewed under our Administrative Rules webpage. Proposals for this rule set must be submitted to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022. Status of the rule set progression will be posted on our website.

To be included in our email distribution regarding the rule set's status, send an email to with the subject line "Subscribe - Part 5 Residential Code". You will then be notified of upcoming proposed code changes and other relevant information. 



The IAEI-Michigan Chapter Board is recommending that the membership be contacted and requested to submit comments to LARA-BCC, and to their state legislators, regarding updates to the Michigan Residential Code (MRC) to remove the electrical requirements of the Michigan Residential Code and instead refer to and use the requirements of the current Michigan Electrical Code (MEC).


Delete the contents of Chapter 34 and revise E3401.1 to reference the Michigan Electrical Code. Delete Chapters 35 through 43.


The reasons for doing this are:


Having redundant electrical codes makes it more difficult for inspectors to do inspections and cite violations, and increases the workload for LARA to coordinate the adoption of the latest codes.


There are other states that have removed the electrical code requirements from their residential code adoption and referred the requirements to their state electrical code requirements.


Dual electrical code requirements increase costs and confusion for electricians and contractors  because the requirements of the codes differ.


Electrical professionals are trained in the requirements of the National Electrical Code, adopted as the Michigan Electrical Code, and not in the Michigan Residential Code.


Having disparities in the versions of the two codes makes the required continuing education training requirements more difficult and less effective.


Years of experience in having electrical requirements in both the MRC and MEC have shown little if any benefit for either LARA-BCC or electrical professionals.


Most apprenticeship schools and community colleges only have classes on the National Electrical Code and not the Michigan Residential Code.


Most electricians have access to a copy of the National Electrical Code and most electricians do not have access to the Michigan Residential Code.


Licensed journey and master electricians are required to attend a code update class within twelve months of adoption of the Michigan Electrical Code. A code update is not required for electricians when a new Michigan Residential Code is adopted.

Please use your voice to impact the electrical industry in a positive way.

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Birmingham, MI 48012- 9998

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