Ramzi El-Gharib, P.E

City Engineer /

DPW Director


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Building & Engineering Department
734-728-9100
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4001 S. Wayne Rd.
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Comprised of three divisions, the Building & Engineering Department employs two full-time employees and twelve part-time employees and is entirely dedicated to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Wayne and protect them from substandard and unsafe construction.

The Building Division oversees all new construction or additions to existing buildings in the City, including industrial, commercial and residential properties. The Division also ensures that all construction meets State of Michigan Codes, including: the 2006 Michigan Building Code, 2005 Michigan Electrical Code, 2006 Michigan Plumbing Code, 2006 Michigan Mechanical Code and the 2006 Michigan Property Maintenance Code for all new building construction and existing structures.

Additionally, the Building Division ensures compliance with all the local ordinances that relate to zoning, site plan approval, dangerous buildings, hazard/nuisances and anti-blight. The Division is responsible for providing inspection of all new structures and remodeling projects and assisting engineers, architects and homeowners in the preparation and submittal of plans to the City to conform to applicable codes and ordinances.

The Engineering Division is responsible for the preparation of short-range2007 - 2008 Road Milllage Accomplishments and long-range design of capital improvement projects in street construction, reconstruction and improvements, sanitary and water main improvements, storm drainage projects, sidewalk replacement, municipal parking lots, park improvements and storm water management. The Division also becomes involved with the preparation of surveys, easements and plans and specifications for bid documents to construct these improvements and also to follow through on staking out and inspecting these projects to ensure compliance with acceptable engineering standards.

The Engineering Division is responsible for the evaluation of the conditions of the City's infrastructure and also recommendation of improvements and funding sources for the projects. Moreover, this Division works closely with our consultants on the design and plan preparations of all City projects and the obtaining of permits from other governmental agencies. The Division is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Geographic Information System (GIS), which is a vital tool in providing important information to all City departments, developers and other governmental agencies.

Additionally, by City Ordinance, the Engineering Division reviews site plans for new building projects or improvements to existing structures, which are estimated to cost $5,000 or more, or in which a change in use is proposed. The Division also coordinates with Wayne County and the State of Michigan regarding road projects which fall under the City’s purview. Coordinating the City’s compliance to federal government mandates and State of Michigan mandates, such as the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are also the responsibility of the Division.

The Ordinance Enforcement Division is charged with the duty of making sure that the City’s building and planning and zoning related ordinances are enforced. Issues regarding blight conditions which are detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens and to the economic welfare of the municipality are also addressed by this Division. Empowered by City Ordinances, the Division issues infraction and misdemeanor tickets and violation notices.

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"For Sale" Housing Inspection Ordinance
The City’s "For Sale" Housing Ordinance ensures that all homes which are for sale within the City of Wayne meet the minimum standards of the existing property maintenance code. For additional information, please contact the Building Division at (734) 728-9100.

Rental Inspection Ordinance
There are approximately 2,500 rental properties within the City of Wayne and the City’s Rental Inspection Ordinance requires that each property be inspected every three years to ensure that all rental properties meet the minimum standards of the Existing Property Maintenance Code. The City’s objective is to maintain safe living conditions in rental properties and eliminate blight. For additional information, please contact the Building Division at (734) 728-9100.

Site Plan Review
If your new construction project or improvement to an existing structure is estimated at a cost of $5,000 or more, you are changing the present use of your property, or the property has been unoccupied for 6 months or more, you are required by City Ordinance to submit your site plans for review by the Community Development Department. Contact them at (734) 722-2002 for more information.