Code Enforcement

Ordinance Enforcement is a division of the Community and Economic Development Department. Its purpose is to ensure safety and compliance with city code requirements.

Common Ordinance Violations

  • Failure to remove graffiti
  • Grass and weeds in excess of 10''
  • Non-permitted or improper placement of signs
  • Snow or ice not cleared from sidewalks or parking lots within 48 hours of snowfalls greater than one inch
  • Trash at the curb before/after permitted time
  • Trash/recycle receptacles left out past 8:00 a.m. on the day after scheduled trash day
  • Unlicensed animals
  • Wrecked, scrapped, abandoned, or unlicensed vehicles not stored in an enclosed structure
  • Yard waste improperly left at the curb for collection
  • Zoning violations
  • Scattered litter/open trash

Animal Control

The City of Ypsilanti currently does not have a City Animal Control Officer. If your issue concerns a stray animal or wildlife removal, please contact the Humane Society of Huron Valley at (734) 662-5585. For more details about wildlife removal services, please visit the Humane Society of Huron Valley-Humane Wildlife Removal Service webpage. 

  1. Chickens in the City

  2. Dog Licenses

    Honey Bees

  3. Native Vegetation Gardens

  4. In 2020, the City Council approved a change to the ordinance change allowing for native vegetation gardens. The  gardens shall not have invasive species as defined by the State of Michigan and should not obstruct the sight lines for vehicles  or pedestrian traffic and should not invade or encroach any adjacent properties. The application can be found by clicking here