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OCS Update

November 18, 2020: Effective immediately, we are suspending all inspections of occupied dwellings. This will primarily effect furnace, water heater, air conditioner, and electrical service inspections. Mechanical, plumbing and electrical contractors will not receive final inspections for occupied residences until we are at a level with the pandemic that is considered more safe. Inspections may still be scheduled for businesses where social distancing can be maintained and certainly, all new construction projects.

In certain situations where it is crucial to conduct an inspection, the inspector may conduct a video inspection at the inspectors discretion. These instances will be evaluated case by case.

For more information, please visit Section 2109 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Fee: $25 + $50 per sign face

A permit for signs requires a Building Permit Application found on the Building Permits, Applications, & Forms page.


Signs allowed without a permit:

  • Directional signs less than or equal to four (4) square feet (one (1) for each public entrance from a collector/arterial street: up to a maximum of two (2) per zoning lot/development).
  • Flags bearing national, state, municipal, educational institution or organization as approved by the building official.
  • Nameplates less than or equal to two (2) square feet.
  • Temporary special event signs up to 30 days per year (cannot be in right-of-way, may be up to ten (10) percent of the front face area of the building).

Prohibited Signs:

  • String lights, LED tube/string lights used in connection with a business
  • Portable or swinging signs
  • Signs on trees, utility poles, benches or private property
  • Signs with obscene material or distracting terms (“stop,” “look,” or “danger”)
  • Signs in right of way
  • Signs with flashing, noise, moving lights, varying light intensity, animation, excessive brightness, images displayed for less than ten (10) seconds, fading or scrolling between messages
  • Illuminated signs without a permit
  • Non-illuminated window signs occupying more than twenty (20) percent of all windows or with more than two (2) signs per window
  • Signs that advertise products/services not provided on site
  • Temporary special event signs (banner signs) displayed for longer than thirty (30) days per year
  • Damaged or illegal signs

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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