Codes & Ordinances

The Code of Ordinances is the complete set of ordinances for the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. The Code of Ordinances is codified through Municode, which offers an easy to use search engine. To link to a specific chapter or section, please see below.

Current Building Codes


Residential: Michigan Residential Code 2015

Commercial: Michigan Building Code 2015


Residential: Michigan Residential Code 2015

Commercial: Michigan Mechanical Code 2015


Residential: Michigan Residential Code 2015

Commercial: Michigan Plumbing Code 2015


Residential: Michigan Residential Code 2015

Commercial: National Electrical Code 2017

A copy of these codes may be viewed in the Clerk's Office.


Safe Worksite Policy

The Charter Township of Ypsilanti maintains a Safe Worksite Policy designed to ensure the safety and welfare of our employees working in the field. This policy requires that the following minimal safeguards be provided at inspection sites.

At the time of inspection, the site shall be easily accessible and free of accumulated debris. Temporary walkways (boardwalks) shall be installed from the street to the entrance of the structure. Temporary ramps shall have cleats and stairs shall be secure. Both ramps and stairs shall have at least one handrail.

Temporary guardrails shall be in place at open floor levels. If the inspector determines that a site cannot be safely navigated, the inspection may be disapproved and additional fees may be incurred to reschedule the inspection after the site is made safe.

All construction sites pose some degree of hazard, however we require that reasonable measures be taken to prevent unnecessary injury to persons required to access your site. Your anticipated cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Lot Stabilization & Certificate of Occupancy Issuance Policy

Official policy for the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for single family residential units as it relates to the Soil Erosion Ordinance. For more information, please visit Article VI of the Development Ordinance.

  • No Certificate of Occupancy for any building shall be issued unless the applicant for the certificate has obtained a certification of compliance with all grading plans and specifications, (i.e. grade certificate and mass grading plan for development) and completion of all permanent soil erosion control measures (Sec. 18-153(a)). Permanent soil erosion control measures are those measures which are installed or constructed to permanently hold the disturbed soil in place. Such measures could include sod installation, hydro-seeding, straw and seed, and peg-in-place seed-matting for areas of steep slope. All stabilization of residential subdivisions shall be hydro-seed or sod. Stabilization must be placed upon two (2) inch to four (4) inch of topsoil.
  • Between November 15th and April 30th, a temporary Certificate of Occupancy will be issued after an appropriate security deposit is posted and temporary soil erosion control measures are installed (i.e. silt fence), inspected and approved by the Building Department. If permanent soil erosion control measures are not in place at time of temporary Certificate of Occupancy, a security deposit of $3,000 for each single-family unit shall be posted with the Office of Community Standards. Final grade and permanent soil erosion measures must be performed (as described above) by June 30th or the bond posted will be forfeited and used to guarantee performance.
  • Subdivision/Site Condominium builders may post a letter of credit or cash deposit with the Office of Community Standards in the amount of $30,000 to reduce the number of individual deposits per lot. This "performance deposit" will be a "rolling deposit" throughout the build-out of the development. The building official may modify this amount depending on development size. Any such modification must be documented in writing.
  • Security deposits will be promptly returned when the approved permanent soil erosion control measures are in place.
  • Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy will delay the inspections, issuance of permits, and issuance of Certificate of Occupancy until all matters or problems have been resolved, including but not limited to site and lot problems.

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