Blight violation is a violation of a local ordinance, similar to a public nuisance. The precise definition varies by local area, but examples may include the change in land use without a permit, lack of exterior property maintenance, or trash accumulation. It often involves something unsightly, offensive, or hazardous that lowers property values or threatens public safety. Blight Tickets are issued by city inspectors, police officers, neighborhood city hall managers and other city officials who investigate complaints of blight and are managed by the Department of Administrative Hearings (DAH).
A blight violation is issued when an owner fails to follow these ordinances. Some common violations are:
Open Storage – Junk Vehicle
– Motor vehicle unlicensed or inoperative in excess of 15 days unless in a completely enclosed building. Can be stored in driveway beneath a properly fitting cover manufactured for that purpose with a special storage permit.
Open Storage – Building Materials
– Lumber, bricks, concrete, cinder blocks, plumbing, electrical, heating equipment, shingles, mortar, cement, nails, screws or other construction materials. These items may be allowed with a valid building permit.
Open Storage – Junk / Trash / Debris / Refuse
– Parts of machinery or motor vehicles, tires, vehicle parts, unused stoves or other appliances, remnants of wood, metal or any other materials. Including boats, campers, travel trailers, motorized homes, trailers and recreational equipment/vehicles that are not maintained in good condition and repair.
– Trash/refuse, food or animal waste, waste consisting of combustible materials (paper, cardboard, yard clippings, wood or similar materials) must be enclosed in a sealed trash receptacle (sealed trash bags are acceptable) and placed so it is not visible from any public street or sidewalk whenever possible except during normal collection.
Upholstered furniture, automobile seats / parts
– Storage, display or use of upholstered or other furniture or discarded automobile seats /parts on porches, patios or in the yard not designed, manufactured, sold or intended for use as outdoor furniture.
Exterior of Structure
– No address visible from public way (numbers must be 4″ H x .50″ W and contrast with the background color)
– Broken or cracked window panes; windows not fully glazed or containing inserts/patches; or openings boarded up for more than 30 days.
– Wood surfaces not clean, stained or painted with chipping or peeling paint. Exterior surfaces not free of dirt, grime or graffiti.
– Exterior of structure, including siding and roof, not in good repair or with missing, damaged or deteriorated materials including shingles, siding, fascia boards, trim, shutters, porch skirting, etc.
– Roof and roof shingles not in good condition or covered with tarp in excess of 30 days if repairs being made.
– Porches and stairs not stable or free of cracked boards or block.
– Lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers must be maintained to not create a visual barrier, safety or environmental hazard, or contribute to conditions of blight.
– Grass to be no more than 8″ in height and mowed regularly.
– Shrubs must be trimmed to provide a clear view of the front entrance and not create a visual barrier or hazard.
A Respondent who receives a blight violation notice has the right to attend a hearing at the DAH. At the hearing, the Respondent may present a defense to the blight violation. DAH hearings are presided over by Administrative Hearing Officers who are licensed Michigan attorneys and independent contractors. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Hearing Officer will make a finding of facts and issue a written Decision and Order and Judgment. A Decision and Order and Judgment issued by the DAH is a state civil judgment and is treated the same as any other state court judgment for enforcement purposes.