Code enforcement officers respond to citizen concerns about issues that affect the quality of life within the City—such as zoning, overgrown lots or yards, inoperative vehicles, maintenance of structures, illegal signs, and public nuisances. Systematic inspections are also performed throughout the City to ensure properties are in compliance with City Code.
The City's Code Enforcement hours can be found here.
If you have a Code Enforcement concern, you may submit your request online using See Click Fix or call us at (248) 546-2525 ext.3. Please leave a detailed message if we are unable to pick up the phone.
A guide to addressing blight by the Ferndale Community and Economic Development Department, can be found here.
We make every effort to respect your property rights. We are allowed to access public areas such as the sidewalk, porch and driveway of your house. If you would like to invite us into your back yard we will gladly work with you to show you what may need to be done.
Garbage that is not in an approved garbage can is an invitation to vermin and other wildlife to come eat. Since we are working very hard to limit the rodent population in Ferndale, it is best to place your garbage in a plastic or galvanized metal container with a tight fitting lid no larger than 26 gallons.
Any vehicle stored on a property must be operable, have a current license and be parked on a paved surface.
The lawn grass cannot be longer than 7". As a courtesy, we will send a notice once per season to the homeowner letting them know they have seven days to cut their grass. If the grass does not get cut, the City’s contractor will mow it for them. This service will cost the property owner $275.00. Given the alternatives, the property owner normally realizes that it is much less expensive to maintain their lawn themselves or hire someone, rather than having the City do it.
For grass and weed complaints please use our online system, See Click Fix. For any questions regarding grass and weeds, you may contact us at (248) 546-2525 Ext. 3.
Our Code Enforcement Officers will work with anyone who contacts us to set up a reasonable time frame to take care of the violations. Our goal is compliance, not punishment. Please do not ignore the notice, simply contact us at the number listed on the notice and talk to the person listed at the bottom. We are here to help keep Ferndale a great place to live.
Typically, we give the property owner one or two weeks to solve the problem. We may allow more time on extensive projects. If the property owner does not take care of the problem, we will issue a ticket that may motivate them to respond. If an owner chooses not to maintain their properties, our last resort is to take the owners to court and let the judge determine if an order will be issued to correct the problem.
It depends. All wood piles and storage need to be stored off of the ground by at least 18”. This helps to reduce opportunities for rodents and other vermin from taking up residence in your wood pile.
The rodent population in Ferndale is something that we take very seriously and must address as a community. The rodents need three things to flourish: a place to live, food, and water. This is why code enforcement is so important. If we eliminate these three things, we will make significant progress in our fight against rodents.
Where do rodents live?
What food bring rats to my yard?
What will make my yard less attractive to rats?
The City isn't responsible for exterminating rats from your property, but we will be happy to visit you and help develop a plan for keeping rodents out of your yard. Rodent control is a community issue, so we encourage you to share the information with as many of your neighbors as possible.