Code Compliance Office,
Office of Code Compliance
Office of Code Compliance
To protect the health, safety and welfare of Lansing residents through the preservation and improvement of the housing stock by assuring safe, decent and sanitary housing while conserving the integrity of Lansing neighborhoods.
It is through the dedicated efforts of the fourteen full-time and two part-time staff members, working in conjunction with neighborhood organizations and in cooperation with numerous other agencies that we are able to accomplish our objectives and work to strengthen our neighborhoods.
[NOTE: All information contained on this website provides a brief overview of the activities and requirements as set forth in the City of Lansing Housing & Premises Code. Please refer to the code for complete details under Title 6.HOUSING]
(Click on heading below to be transfered to portal).
Portal details listed below.
The above portal or data base can be searched by building permit, code enforcement, certificate of compliance (rental certification) and project. One can search for the above information through an owner’s name, address, and/or parcel number. Once the property is found you can see if any code enforcement action has been done to the property. The listing provides code enforcement number, category, code officer, date filed and closed.
The Code Compliance Housing Portal shows if premises have been written for grass and/or trash violations as well as disabled motor vehicles. One can see if the property is a registered rental and/or if the dwelling has any safety violations or other various code enforcements. By looking at the code enforcement or certificate number one can see what year the action was done. Therefore, a code enforcement number E11-0000 would have been written in 2011.
***The information contained in the portal is current from November 2011, rental registration is being updated daily and we anticipate it being completed soon. Please call our main number 517-483-4361 for any questions***
The City of Lansing has a strong interest in the maintenance and conservation of the existing and future rental housing stock. Early prevention with proactive inspections assures protection of the health, safety and welfare of Lansing residents. A Certificate of Compliance assures the occupant that the rental property is registered and meets the minimum standards of the Lansing Housing & Premises Code. All rental properties within the City of Lansing, except owner-occupied single-family dwellings shall be registered as rentals.
Unregistered Rental Properties
For additional information please feel free to contact our office at 517.483.4361.
The Office of Code Compliance continually works to promote the public health, safety and welfare by requiring a minimum level of maintenance of private property. A well maintained visual environment is a deterrent to those activities which negatively impact our neighborhoods. A proactive approach by residents (and Code Compliance Officers) assists in maintaining healthy neighborhoods.
Typical Premises Violations include:
- Grass and weeds: Grass and weeds exceeding 8 inches in height within the yard, public right of way (the area between the sidewalk and roadway), fence lines etc. are subject to a violation notice.
- Trash, debris: An accumulation of trash, junk, debris, dead organic matter, garbage, rat harborages, combustibles material or fire hazard. Indoor-type furniture, such as, but not limited to: mattresses, and overstuffed/upholstered couches and chairs are not allowed to be stored outside.
- Disabled and Abandoned Motor Vehicles: An abandoned or disabled vehicle is a motor vehicle which is dismantled, in whole or in part, and/or which is mechanically unable to operate as the result of a mechanical defect or malfunction, a mechanical defect or malfunction includes, but is not limited to; deflated or missing tires; a vehicle resting on supports other than inflated tires; missing or damaged lights, windshield, or battery. The absence of minor and nonessential parts, such as antennas, or ornaments, hubcaps, etc., shall not cause a vehicle to be deemed dismantled and disabled. Any vehicle which is not capable of being licensed for operation on streets, alleys or highways shall be deemed to be disabled. A vehicle does not have to be currently licensed or insured.
Premises Violation Timeline:
1. City inspects for violation.
2. Correction Notice sent by First Class Mail to taxpayer of record, owner and tenant (If occupied dwelling).
3. Typically allow seven (7) days to correct the violation(s).*
* In cases where the violation presents a specific
hazard or danger, notice may be greatly reduced.
4. If completed by the owner then violation is complied.
5. If requested, extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Code Compliance Officer.
6. Re-inspection by Code Officer following expiration of notice to assure compliance.
7. If violation continues to exist after re-inspection it will be submitted to contractor for abatement.
8. If abatement is ordered by the city, all costs and administrative fees will be billed to the property owner.
9. If two or more notices are issued to the same property within a calendar year, the owner may be subject to second notice fees for each violation.
*The Compliance Due Date is subject to change based on extension requests.
For additional information please feel free to contact our office at 517.483.4361.
The City of Lansing Housing & Premises Code applies to all residential and accessory structures, dwellings, equipment and all existing premises and constitutes the minimum requirements and standards for premises, structures, equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, safety from fire and other hazards, and for safe and sanitary maintenance.
In order to assure compliance periodic inspections are mandated for all rental properties within the city. Housing Correction Notices are issued on owner occupied dwellings when a violation has been discovered or observed that requires correction. As with our Rental Housing Inspection program, the City of Lansing has a strong interest in the maintenance and conservation of the existing housing stock. Our proactive inspection approach assures protection of the health, safety and welfare of Lansing residents.
Typical Housing Violation Notices include:
- Safety: A Safety Housing Correction Notice is issued when a violation of the code exists which requires correction. This may be either owner occupied or rental property. Typical examples may include inadequate sanitation, lack of required utilities, hazardous mechanical, electrical, plumbing or structural deficiencies. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied.
- Emergency Board Up: When a dwelling is found to be open and accessible due to a damaged entry door or window(s) or is open to the elements through other means, the structure is ordered to be secured through boarding of the openings if the door(s) or window(s) cannot be secured by installed hardware.
- Exterior: Exterior violations for which a correction notice would be issued may include deteriorated or damaged siding, roofing, soffit and fascia, doors and windows, chipped and peeling paint, gutters and downspouts. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied.
- Address Letter: When a Code Compliance Officer finds that a dwelling lacks proper address signage this form of correction notice is issued. Once the violation is corrected and a re-inspection conducted the notice is complied. (Can we find you? The Importance of Address Signage)
- Rental Certification: Inspections of rental properties are conducted on a three (3) year cycle for one and two family dwellings and on a two (2) year cycle for multiple family dwellings. Once a rental inspection has been conducted a correction notice will be issued for any noted violations. Typical examples may include inadequate sanitation, lack of required utilities, hazardous mechanical, electrical, plumbing or structural deficiencies. If no violations were found a Rental Certification Inspected & Complied notice will be issued. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied and the certificate issued.
- Rental Certification Inspected & Complied: This type of notice is issued following a rental inspection where no violations were found.
- Lack of Certificate: This form of correction notice is issued when a rental dwelling certificate has expired or when corrections have not been made by the compliance due date. The issuance of this notice is also accompanied by a pink tag being placed on the structure noting that the dwelling lacks a Valid Certificate of Compliance. If compliance is not met the owner may be issued a ticket or depending on the circumstances the dwelling may be vacated.
- Failure to Register: When a potential unregistered rental property is discovered the Office of Code Compliance will issue a Failure to Register notification. This document informs the taxpayer of record that this dwelling appears to be an unregistered rental property. Typically owners contact us upon receipt of this notice to verify the status of the property. In some cases the dwelling has been sold on a Land Contract which has not been recorded with the County Register of Deeds. The City of Lansing requires all land contracts to be recorded with the County Register of Deeds or a property transfer affidavit to be filed with the Office of Code Compliance within 15 days of a sale. If the Failure to Register notice is not complied, a Lack of Certificate notice will be issued.
A structure determined to be Unsafe for violations other than a lack of required utilities will have a RED placard posted on the premises. Refer to the Lansing Housing and Premises Code for further definition. [Please refer to the code for complete details under Title 6.HOUSING]
A structure determined to have a Lack of Required Utilities ONLY (water, electric and/or gas service) under the code is defined as Unsafe shall have a GREEN placard posted on the premises. Refer to the Lansing Housing and Premises Code for further definition. [Please refer to the code for complete details under Title 6.HOUSING]
A structure determined to be Substandard will have a YELLOW placard posted on the premises. Most generally these are dwellings with housing code violations that have not been complied with. Refer to the Lansing Housing and Premises Code for further definition. [Please refer to the code for complete details under Title 6.HOUSING]
Access for Repairs / Corrections
Owner/Tenant access to Substandard or Unsafe premises, in order to perform repairs or corrections to the property may be made only between the hours of 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday unless written authorization is given by the Office of Code Compliance. If it is necessary to perform work during the evenings or on weekends, an After Hours letter may be requested by the owner/tenant from the Code Compliance Officer.