The Code of Ordinances link is the designated code of ordinances and the Charter Township of Meridian Code of Ordinances embraced in this and the following chapters shall constitute and be designated the "Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Meridian, Michigan," and may be so cited. Such ordinances may also be cited as the "Charter Township of Meridian Code."
What is the Development Process in Meridian Township?
The Department of Community Planning & Development has put together a document describing the process for which development projects go through in Meridian Township. This document is an overview to assist with smoothing out the process for projects in the township.
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How do I learn more about rental housing inspections?
The Rental Housing Division of the Planning Department performs inspections of rental housing units and maintains related records to ensure compliance with the Township’s ordinances and adopted codes.
Inspections are done in compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code, Meridian Township Code of Ordinances, and the Michigan Building and Residential Codes.
Registration & Inspections for Existing Rental Properties
Rental properties must be registered annually on or before January 31 of each year.
One and two family dwellings will be inspected each year. Structures containing more than 8 units will have 1/3 of the units inspected each year. The common areas of all rental complexes shall be inspected each year.
Inspections will be conducted during normal business hours.
To change or cancel a rental inspection, 48 hour notice is required to avoid a fee. Changes and cancellations may not be done by the tenant.
Violations found may require a re-inspection. A fee will be charged for re-inspection.
Rental registration may not be required under the following circumstances:
One (1) and two (2) family dwelling sales
Exchange student, visiting clergy, medical caregiver, child care
A request for an exception including documentation must be submitted to and granted by the Department of Community Planning & Development.
Property Owner’s Responsibilities
Ensure the rental property has been registered, the required documents have been filed and the appropriate fees are paid.
Promptly notify, in writing, the Department of Community Planning & Development, Rental Housing Division, of any changes in rental status or notification information, including the sale or transfer of ownership of the property.
Requests for extensions or rescheduling of inspections must be made at least 48 hours prior to the inspection. These requests are subject to approval by the Department of Community Planning & Development.
Rental property owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the property and structure(s), and should conduct their own periodic inspections and correct potential code violations.
Failure to comply with the provisions of the Rental Housing Ordinance is punishable as a Municipal Civil Infraction.
A property owner may not rent a dwelling or dwelling unit unless the dwelling or dwelling unit is registered with the Township’s Department of Community Planning and Development, Rental Housing Division.
Initial Rental Registration Requirements
The initial registration of any rental property will require at least the following information on forms provided by the Township:
The address of the rental property with the number of rental units contained therein.
If the rental units are within a complex of buildings, the property manager’s address must also be included.
If applicable, the number of buildings in the rental complex.
The number of rental units per rental dwelling, the total number of rooms per rental unit and the number of bedrooms per rental unit.
A floor plan of the dwelling, showing the number, size, and location of habitable and occupiable rooms, as well as those areas which are not to be occupied. All exits, basement and attic egress windows and entryways to the unit hall be shown.
Initial registration fee.
Initial Registration & Inspections
Sixty (60) days following the acceptance of an application for initial rental registration an inspection of the building(s) and property will occur.
The inspection will insure compliance with those codes as adopted by the Township and the State of Michigan regarding building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire safety. Inspections will be conducted during normal business hours.
Violations found during the inspection may require a reinspection. A time frame to correct the violations will be specified by the inspector.
Rental property owners shall be required to pay a fee for registration. However, the inspection fee and one (1) reinspection fee will be waived for the initial registration.