Code Enforcement - Common Codes Enforced

Snow Shoveling

Building occupants and property owners are responsible for clearing snow over 2 inches deep, and any ice from the public sidewalks adjacent to their property. Snow and ice should be cleared from the sidewalks within 24 hours following the end of the event which led to their accumulation. If some sidewalks on your property meet all of the following standards, they are not required to be cleared of snow and ice:
  • The property is single or two family
  • The property is addressed to a non major thoroughfare
  • The property has side or rear yard sidewalks adjacent to a major thoroughfare
  • The major thoroughfares are: Adams, Beach, Big Beaver, Coolidge, Crooks, Dequindre, Fourteen Mile, John R, Livernois, Long Lake, Maple, Northfield Parkway, Rochester, South Boulevard, Square Lake, Stephenson, and Wattles.
  • You may view the Sidewalk Code here.

    Tall Grass and Weeds

    Lawn grass and weeds must not exceed 8 inches height. Ornamental plants and grasses are exempt. Lawns and grasses located between private property lines and roads is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. This includes areas between sidewalks and roads and between fences and roads. If a fence in the back yard separates the property from the road, the property owner should maintain grass on both sides of the fence, up to the edge of the road. View the lawn and grass maintenance ordinance here.

    Foreclosed or Abandoned Homes & Structures in Disrepair

    Foreclosed or abandoned homes must comply with all our health and safety codes. Homes must not be open to the elements or persons. All buildings, fences, pools, and other structures must be maintained structurally sound and in good repair. Stagnant pool water is prohibited.

    Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste

    Trash, recycling and yard waste should be placed at the curb no sooner than 5 pm on the preceding day. Collection starts at 7 am on your trash day. Empty containers shall be removed from the curb within 24 hours after trash pickup. More information can be found here.

    Recreational Vehicles

    In residentially zoned districts, recreational vehicles can be stored anywhere on the property for up to a 48 hour period. At all other times, recreational vehicles and equipment must be stored inside a completely enclosed building or located behind the front face of the house, and no closer than 3 feet from the side or rear property line. Recreational vehicles cannot be stored or parked on vacant lots. You may view the City Code here.

    Commercial Vehicles in Residential Neighborhoods

    In a one family-zoned area, one commercial vehicle is allowed on private property if it is a pickup truck or a passenger/cargo style van. Other types of commercial vehicles, trucks and equipment are permitted on private property provided they are actively performing a service related to the property (construction activity, delivery vehicles, etc.). You may view the City Code here.

    Garage Sale/Open House Signs

    These temporary signs are allowed on private property subject to certain limitations, which can be viewed here. Signs that are placed in the public right-of-way (City property) will be removed by the City. Please check the regulations before displaying your sign.

    Junked or Unlicensed Vehicles

    Motor vehicles parked or stored outside shall not be unlicensed or in a non-operating condition for more than 14 days. You may view the City Code here.

    Home Businesses

    Home businesses (the City Code calls them Home Occupations) are allowed in One- and Two-Family residential districts subject to certain regulations. You may view the City Code here. Before starting any home business, we suggest you contact Code Enforcement to discuss your proposal.

    If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Paul Evans in the Planning Department, 248.524.3359.