CDD - Code Enforcement Division

Statement of Services:  It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department to work in partnership with the people and businesses of the City of Madison Heights to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment.  We help maintain or improve the quality of your community in three ways:

Examples of regulations that the Code Enforcement Division enforces:  (Non-inclusive list)

  • Conditions of an existing structure that constitute a clear and present danger to the public.
  • Building Code violations (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.), including construction or change of occupancy without permits.
  • Madison Heights Property Maintenance Code (minimum standards for safe and sanitary housing).
  • Zoning Ordinance requirements for structures (such as use, location, configuration & size) and land use requirements;
  • Weeds on private property.
  • Swimming pool fences.
  • Snow removal from public sidewalks.
  • Graffiti.
  • Signs, including signs in public right-of-way (e.g. ground between sidewalk and curb, and utility poles), failure to have required permits, illegal inflatable displays and balloons.
  • Inoperable and abandoned vehicles on private property.
  • Blight on private and public properties. (old furniture, car parts, appliances, etc).
  • Lawn parking;
  • Illegal dumping.

In most cases, the person responsible for a code violation is given an opportunity to voluntarily comply with the law and correct the situation either by a verbal or written warning.  Once the deadline in the warning has passed, the owner or person responsible is subject to one or more remedies listed below:

  Administrative Hearing: The responsible party is issued a hearing notice for an administrative hearing with the City Attorney, Deputy Community Development Director and Code Enforcement Officer.  The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the issues and reach a resolution without court action.
  Citation: As a last resort a citation is issued charging the responsible party with a criminal misdemeanor and requiring an appearance in District Court.  The court may impose fines and/or jail time, or delay sentencing to permit resolution of the problem.
  Abatement: This remedy is used when the City needs to take action to abate a nuisance when the responsible party fails to respond.  Typical examples include boarding vacant structures, mowing high grass and weeds, and cleaning up junk and debris.  The cost for these services is billed to the property owner and becomes a lien on the property if not paid.

If you are seeking relief from conditions on a property in your neighborhood, there are a number of options available to you:

  • Make contact with the responsible party.  Describe your perception of the problem.  Discuss how the problem affects you and possible solutions.
  • If you have one, attend your neighborhood or condominium association meetings, and get involved with solving the problem.
  • File a complaint with the City of Madison Heights Code Enforcement Division.  You may remain anonymous as long as officers can see the violation without entering the property.