The Owosso City Council recently finalized a plan to hire private building inspection company SAFEbuilt Michigan, LLC, to manage the city’s building inspections. The company will perform inspections for all current construction within the city and for all new building permits.

“The strong economic comeback we are seeing in Owosso has meant that an unprecedented number of development projects are currently underway,” said Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick. “This new partnership with locally-based professionals ensures a common sense approach to city plan review and permitting. I am optimistic that entrepreneurial momentum will continue to build throughout our community.” Further added by Susan Montenegro, Owosso Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director, “We are delighted to have SAFEbuilt expand the services they are providing the city and believe this partnership will continue the forward momentum of Owosso.”

SAFEbuilt Michigan currently serves 17 communities in Michigan, including Mundy Township (Genesee County). In addition to Michigan, the company provides building inspection services, community planning, code enforcement, and permit software to over 400 communities across the country. The company had already been working with the City of Owosso on plumbing inspections, and by adding building inspections, the city will be able to make the development process more efficient.

“Communities like Owosso are a perfect fit for this kind of public/private partnership,” said SAFEbuilt President, Greg Toth. “SAFEbuilt is able to provide professional inspection services in a transparent manner, often with short guaranteed turnaround times and at a lower cost than the city could otherwise perform the inspections. With our local Michigan team, we will be able to serve Owosso residents, businesses, and developers very well.”

The inspectors who will be completing building inspections in Owosso will live in or around the community, and has regular office hours. SAFEbuilt is obligated via their contract to issue or deny residential building permits within five days, commercial building permits within 10 days, and complete most inspections the day after they are requested.

“I appreciate the predictability of service times in their contract, and I’m confident that our local developers will as well. SAFEbuilt has a solid reputation in the industry and we are looking forward to positive communication leading to safe and rational development outcomes,” said Jeff Deason, President of the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Brake, SAFEbuilt Michigan Director of Operations, Sciota Township resident and former Shiawassee County Administrator, added, “SAFEbuilt’s customer satisfaction rates exceed 92 percent nearly every year. I know our neighbors will appreciate our predictable inspection timelines, our high level of professionalism, and our business-friendly attitude.”

“I have known and worked with Paul for a number of years – he is very professional, knowledgeable, and understands that you must have a business-friendly local government to attract economic development. I am confident that he and the entire SAFEbuilt team will provide timely, high-quality services that will ensure investor confidence in the community that we have come to expect here in Owosso,” said Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership President/CEO.

SAFEbuilt has begun performing inspections as of May 11. City and company officials do not foresee any delay as a result of the transition.

Owosso Selects Local Contractor to Manage Building Inspections was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by Karen Elford