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Ypsilanti Township's Ordinance Department focuses on the prevention, reduction and elimination of environmental blight and its underlying causes. This type of ordinance enforcement strategy supports the community policing philosophy by reducing or eliminating environmental factors that contribute to crime and disorder.

The Ordinance Enforcement Department works cooperatively with the Building and Planning & Zoning Departments to abate public nuisances and correct zoning and land use issues.



Inspectors will be enforcing the Township Property Maintenance Ordinance & International Property Maintenance Code. The inspection will focus on safety and blight and the condition of utilities. Information about the inspection will be provided to you at the time of registration. More information can be found on the International Code Council website.


If the inspector finds code violations that cannot be fixed on the spot, and the inspector must come back to verify the repairs, the owner will be charged a $30 re-inspection fee for each return trip. Owners are encouraged to prepare for inspection in advance to avoid extra fees.

Certain types of repairs require a permit, such as replacing a furnace or water heater. If you are required to pay a separate permit fee to complete the repairs and those repairs are the only reason the inspector must come back, you will not also be charged a re-inspection fee.


If you miss a scheduled appointment, you will be charged a “lock out/no show” fee equal to the inspection fee. Appointment times can be changed at no cost with a minimum of four (4) business-day notice.

If the inspector is unable to gain lawful access to the house, you will be charged a “lock out/no show” fee equal to the inspection fee and will have to re-schedule the inspection.

In situations where the property is bank owned or listed for sale and there is a lock box affixed to the door, the code may be provided by a responsible party and our inspector will enter and conduct the inspection.

If the inspector is refused entry to the house, the inspector can apply to a District Court Judge to obtain an administrative search warrant allowing access to inspect the house. There is a separate fee that is assessed to recover the cost of obtaining a warrant.

Ordinance Department Office Hours & Location

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily)

Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center
7200 S. Huron River Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact Ordinance

734-544-4000 #1

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In order to better serve you and address your concern within the community, contact information is required to submit this online form.

If you wish to submit a report anonymously, please call our office at (734) 485 - 4393. You will not be required to include your name in the report.

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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 544 - 4000

Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:30pm  •  Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily