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Contact the Building Department   Phone: 989-837-3383  Email: jwegner@midland-mi.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Inspections

When should I call for an inspection?

How do I find out who my inspector is if I live in Midland County?

Why is an inspection and permit necessary for replacement of water heaters and furnaces?

Construction

How can I find out what type of pipe to use for water service, gas lines, etc.?

I live in a township outside the Midland city limits and have a building-related problem/question. Can the City of Midland help me with this?

Where can I order State of Michigan code books for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work?

Do I need a permit to expand my driveway?

How do I find my property lines?

Signs

Where can I post a sign on my property?

How do I request a sign variance?

Code Enforcement

My neighbor does not rake his leaves and they blow into my yard. What can the City do about this?

My neighbor has not shoveled the sidewalk in front of his home/business. Can the City require that it be shoveled?

Rental Issues

My landlord is evicting me, but I do not want to vacate my rental unit. Can the City help me with this problem?

I may have mold in my apartment, and my landlord won't fix the problem. Can the City help me resolve this issue with my landlord?

Answers

When should I call for an inspection?

For inspections on property within the city of Midland, call the City's Building Department at 989-837-3383 at least a day ahead of time to request scheduling of required inspections.

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How do I find out who my inspector is if I live in Midland County?

A directory of building inspectors is available through the Midland County Code Authority. Call 989-837-6521 to find out more.

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Why is an inspection and permit necessary for replacement of water heaters and furnaces?

An inspection is performed to ensure that water heaters and furnaces are properly installed, and to help determine and avoid any potential safety hazards that could result from improper installation.

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How can I find out what type of pipe to use for water service, gas lines, etc.?

Call the City's plumbing inspector at 989-837-3383.

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I live in a township outside the Midland city limits and have a building-related problem/question. Can the City of Midland help me with this?

The City of Midland does not have jurisdiction over building issues outside of the Midland city limits. If you live outside the city but within Midland County and have a building-related issue - such as a question about installing mechanical fixtures in your home - you should contact the Midland County Code Authority at 989-837-6521.

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Where can I order State of Michigan code books for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work?

The Michigan Building Code (Commercial Projects); Michigan Plumbing Code; Michigan Mechanical Code; Michigan Electric Code; and Michigan Residential Code (1 & 2 Family Dwellings), and other pertinent documentation related to building projects, can be purchased from the State of Michigan by contacting the following department:

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Bureau of Construction Codes & Fire Safety

P.O. Box 30255

Lansing, MI  48909

517-241-9313

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Do I need a permit to expand my driveway?

No, not if you are only working on your own property. If you are expanding in the right-of-way, you will need to obtain permits from the Engineering Department.

In addition, City of Midland zoning requirements prohibit the drainage of stormwater onto adjacent properties. Careful planning is required to ensure your stormwater is directed to your property or an approved drainage course.

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How do I find my property lines?

There should be property irons buried in the ground at each corner of your property. The City of Midland does not locate these for you; you may hire a survey or engineering firm to do so, or you can attempt to find them yourself.

You can check the City's geographic information system (GIS) maps to find your lot dimensions. Typically, the front property irons are approximately two feet behind the sidewalk towards your house. You can rent a metal detector or probe the ground with a shovel to determine their location.

Occasionally, property irons are off or are missing. Other clues to property line locations are telephone boxes, power poles, fences, and tree/hedgerows.

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Where can I post a sign on my property?

According to the City's Code of Ordinances, signs may only be placed on an owner's private property. Unless authorized by Midland City Council, signs, posters, advertisements and the like are not allowed in the public rights-of-way (the area between the curb and the sidewalk, also commonly referred to as the "outlawn" area).

For more information on this topic, review Section 22-2 of the City's Code of Ordinances.

RUMMAGE/YARD SALE SIGNS: As of an October 2006 City Council decision on the issue, the placement of rummage/yard sale signs in the public right-of-way is only allowed under certain conditions. Click here for an explanation of those signage regulations.

ELECTION SIGNS: Click here for regulations regarding election sign placement.

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How do I request a sign variance?

Contact the City's Planning Department at 989-837-3374.

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My neighbor does not rake his leaves and they blow into my yard. What can the City do about this?

Although the City encourages residents to remove leaves from their private property to maintain the aesthetic appeal of our community, the City has no jurisdiction over leaf removal from private properties.

For more information on the City's fall leaf preparation and removal program, click here.

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My neighbor has not shoveled the sidewalk in front of his home/business. Can the City require that it be shoveled?

While the City encourages residents and business owners to shovel the sidewalks in front of their home or place of business for the safety of those who use the walkways, snow shoveling on city sidewalks is not regulated by the City's Code of Ordinances.  However, citizens are prohibited from shoveling snow onto the sidewalk or outlawn area in front of their home or business; excess snow must be deposited onto the private property between the sidewalk and the person's home/business.

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My landlord is evicting me, but I do not want to vacate my rental unit. Can the City help me with this problem?

The City of Midland does not regulate or have any involvement in tenant/landlord disputes unless a dispute directly involves a violation of a City, State and/or federal code, and even then the City's involvement is limited to ensuring that code violations, as determined by the City's building inspector(s), are corrected.

Click here to access contact phone numbers and links to agencies that can help resolve tenant/landlord disputes.

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I may have mold in my apartment, and my landlord won't fix the problem. Can the City help me resolve this issue with my landlord?

The City of Midland does not test for mold or other contaminants when inspecting rental units. Tenants are responsible for keeping their rental units clean, and landlords are responsible for correcting any structural shortcomings that may lead to the formation of mold or other contaminants.

The City of Midland does not regulate or have any involvement in tenant/landlord disputes unless a dispute directly involves a violation of a City, State and/or federal code, and even then the City's involvement is limited to ensuring that code violations, as determined by the City's building inspector(s), are corrected.

Click here to access contact phone numbers and links to agencies that can help resolve tenant/landlord disputes.

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