Code Enforcement & Administrative Hearings Bureau

What is the Administrative Hearings Bureau?


An AHB is authorized by state law (The Home Rule City Act 279 of 1909) and allows blight and other ordinance violations to be heard and administered directly by the city through an administrative hearings officer, who must be an attorney licensed to practice law in Michigan for at least 5 year and is appointed by the city commission. This method for enforcing certain ordinances removes the penalty of a criminal misdemeanor and provides the hearings officer the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000. All fines are set by the city commission.

The AHB addresses concerns within the community stemming from what is termed "blight."  Please follow the link on the right to the city's blight ordinance to see what is defined as blight.

The purpose of the AHB is to improve the quality of life within the community and improve compliance with the applicable sections of the city's code of ordinances.  In furtherance of this goal, the city seeks to work in cooperation with residents through AHB proceedings to provide attractive neighborhoods through practical code enforcement.

Who is responsible for a violation of blight on a property?  The property owner is ultimately responsible for any violations of blight on a property. 

Who should I contact if I have a question regarding a violation?  Please contact Code Enforcement at 586-469-6800 ext. 905 or 930.

How do I prepare for my hearing?  Bring any evidence supporting your position regarding the violation.  

What happens if I don’t attend my hearing?  You will be found responsible for the violation and a default will be entered against you.

Am I required to have an attorney?  No. Legal representation is your option and may be obtained at your expense.

What happens if I don’t pay my fine?  The City will assess any unpaid fines to the property taxes.