CODE ENFORCEMENT

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Code Enforcer:  Kerry Paulson
Phone:  810-686-7676
Email:  kpaulson@viennatwp.com

The Vienna Township Building Department oversees code enforcement efforts within the township limits.  The mission of code enforcement is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Vienna Township residents by promoting safe, healthy and sanitary housing through education and enforcement of property maintenance, zoning, nuisance and rental inspection codes.  Code enforcement further benefits the community by protecting property values through the elimination of blight such as trash, vacant structures, dilapidated buildings, junk cars, and tall grass. Below are the Vienna Township Ordinances verbatim for the two most common violations:
  • Tall Grass: 
    • No person owning any lands or premises, whether occupied or unoccupied, nor any person occupying any lands or premises, shall permit or maintain, on any such lands or premises, any growth of noxious weeds or grass, to a height greater than ten inches; nor any accumulation of dead weeds, grass, vegetation or brush. The term "noxious weeds" shall include Canada thistle (Circium arvense), dodders (any species of Cuscuta), mustards (charlock, black mustard, and Indian mustard, species of Brassica or Sinapis), wild carrot (Dancus carota), bindweed (Convalvulus arvense), perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis), Hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), ragweed (ambrosia elator 1), poison ivy (rhus toxicondendron), and poison sumac (toxicondenron vernix), or any other plant which, in the opinion of the township board as expressed by resolution, constitutes a common nuisance.
  • Junk Cars:
    • Junk. A public nuisance created by the storage or accumulation of trash, rubbish, junk, junk vehicles, or abandoned vehicles, is prohibited except that this paragraph (c) does not prohibit the storage of:

      (1)Junk or junk motor vehicles, within a completely enclosed building;

      (2)Junk or junk motor vehicles upon the premises of a properly zoned, licensed, and approved junk dealer, junk buyer, dealer in used auto parts, or dealer in second hand goods or junk.

      (3)Unlicensed, but operative, vehicles which are kept as the stock in trade of a regularly licensed and established new or used motor vehicle dealer.

      (4)Licensed but inoperative motor vehicles for periods not exceeding 60 days by motor vehicle repair facilities licensed as such by the State of Michigan