COMMON CODE VIOLATIONS
Code violations can exist in any neighborhood. Usually these conditions have not been corrected because a property owner is unaware they are in violation of a code. We hope that the following information will help you to understand commonly cited violations of the Township Ordinances.
- Unsightly conditions on private property, including overgrown weeds, trash, junk, debris, discarded or unused furniture, and trash cans stored in public view.
- Housing deterioration as a result of a lack of maintenance: including broken windows, lack of paint, etc.
- The storing, piling, or maintaining of any rubbish, trash, building materials, old and unused automobiles, machines or parts thereof, on any public or private property in such a way as to encourage or be likely to encourage the breeding of rats or other rodents or in any other manner be harmful to the health and well-being of the people of the Township or in such a manner as to be unsightly or injurious to public morale.
- Garage conversions, and any building construction and alterations without a permit.
- Storage of materials, other than customary household materials in a residential neighborhood.
- Nuisances dangerous to children, such as abandoned refrigerators, broken equipment and unprotected or hazardous pools and bodies of water.
- Parking your vehicle over a public sidewalk.
- Abandoned or inoperable vehicles parked outdoors on a residential lot. An inoperable vehicle is any vehicle incapable of movement under its own power or has expired tags.
Did you know that all accessory buildings and structures shall be included in the computation of the total maximum area of all accessory buildings, and together with the principal building or structure shall not exceed the percentage of lot coverage requirements?
Did you know that all signs shall conform to the location, size, height, number, and other standards set forth in the Orion Township Sign Ordinance, Ordinance No. 138?
Did you know that address signs for the purpose of public safety, the street number of every building or structure which has an assigned street address shall be prominently displayed on a side of the building facing the street? Street address numbers shall be at least three inches in height on residential buildings, and at least five inches in height on all non-residential buildings and structures.
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Below is a summary of the Noxious Weeds Ordinance, Township Ordinance 79. The full ordinance is avalable here.
Noxious Weeds include:
- Canada Thistle (Circium Arvnse)
- Dodders (Any Specials of Cuscuta)
- Mustards (Charlock, Black Mustard, Indian Mustard, Speicies of Brassica or Sinapis)
- Wild Carrot (Daucus Corata)
- Bindweed (Convolvulus Arvensis)
- Perennial Sowthistle (Sonchus Arvensis)
- Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa Incana)
- Ragweed (Ambrosia Elatior 1.)
- Poison Ivy (Rhus Toxicodendron)
- Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron Vernix)
- Ox-Eyed Daisies
- Any other plant which is recognized as deleterious to the health, safety, or public welfare and recognized as a common nuisance.
- All types and varieties of grass and weeds which exceed the eight of twelve (12) inches above the ground.
- It shall be unlawful for the owner, agent, or occupant of any lot or lots in any subdivision in the Township where buildings have been erected on fifty percent (50%) or more of the lots in such subdivision, or of any lot or lots facing a street in common usage in the Township to grow, or cause or permit to grow, any noxious weeds.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to dump, place, pile, or otherwise deposit any noxious weeds, grass clippings, tree branches, brush, leaves, cut or dead plants of any nature on any vacant property without the written permission of the owner of said vacant land.
- The presence of noxious weeds, grass over twelve (12) inches high, grass clippings, brush, tree branches, leaves, or cut or dead plants of any nature is hereby deemed to be detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare and shall constitute a public nuisance.
The owner, agent, or occupant of any lot or lots on which the Township is compelled to cut and destroy noxious weeds, tall grass, or other items of a public nuisance shall be liable for all costs incurred by the Township in connection with such cutting and destruction.
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