Enforcing City Zoning Codes
Have a concern, report it! Zoning enforcement is initiated following a reported concern and observation of a confirmed code violation. Our approach is to inform, educate, and request compliance rather than penalize. However, when necessary, municipal civil infractions are used and can result in a court appearance, court orders, penalty fees, and the city removing the violation at the owner’s expense. Examples of common zoning concerns:
- Inoperable Vehicles
- Accumulation of Junk
- RV Storage
- Property Maintenance
- Tall Grass
- Sidewalk Snow Removal
Enforcing code standards plays an important role in preserving investment and character within the community. The primary goal is ensuring that Walker is a healthy and safe place to live, work, and grow.
Code Enforcement Helpful Links
- Does the City of Walker have a rental registration program?
The City of Walker does not have a rental certification Program, maintenance concerns should first be reported to the property owner. If systems are not functioning and the owner refuses to repair within a reasonable amount of time, the Property Maintenance Code may be able to help get the systems in proper working order which requires action from the owner.
- I have mold in my bathroom and on my windows, is this a violation?
No, mold occurs due to a source of moisture in a living environment.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “toxic mold” is not correct. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce poisons (called mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous.
You do not need to test your mold to find out if it is “toxic mold”- just clean it up like you would any other kind of mold. Ways to prevent mold from growing:
- Use a vent fan on your stove when cooking.
- Turn on the vent fan in your bathroom when bathing.
- Use a dehumidifier.
For more cleaning and prevention information visit: www.michigan.gov/mold
- Who is responsible for overhanging or fallen vegetation?
This is not a violation of city code; therefore, the City generally would not get involved. It is recommended that you work with your neighbor to get permission to trim or maintain any overgrowth and ensure that trimming will not damage the health of the plant. Falling tree cleanup is the responsibility of the property owner. If debris crosses over between properties, you will clean everything within your boundaries. Your homeowner’s insurance would be a great resource for clarification.
- Can a neighbor blow snow, leaves, etc. onto my property?
Legally speaking, if you place or cause anything into your neighbor's yard (ie. leaves, branches, snow), it is considered trespassing. Theoretically, your neighbor could sue you, or vice versa, if they're blowing it into your yard. You could sue for punitive damages and the City would not be involved.