Code Enforcement

Mission - provide fair and unbiased service that creates a safe and healthy environment for all.

The Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department strives to keep Pontiac beautiful through ensuring that all residents and property owners respect each other by maintaining their properties in a safe and attractive manner. 

If you need to reach Code Enforcement to follow up on a complaint,  ticket, need to make a complaint, or need to file for  a business license, please call  (248) 758-2800 Option 1

On June 20, 2023, City Council passed legislation for Group Homes and Unlicensed Residential Facilities and Homes. The following new guidelines are now in effect:
  • Operators must register with the City for zoning, building and rental registration.
  • Uses are restricted to Multiple Family Dwelling Zoning Districts (R-3 or R-4) with Special Exception approval UNLESS GRANDFATHERED IN BEFORE OCTOBER 31, 2023. 
  • The distance (or buffer) between facilities is now 1,500 feet.
The ordinance included a clause that by October 30, 2023, all unlicensed residential group homes and facilities including boarding houses need to apply for a zoning permit to be grandfathered.

This is the last chance for existing homes to register regardless of what zoning district or proximity to other homes or facilities.

Click here to read the new ordinance

Starting October 31, 2023, unlicensed residential facilities will no longer be able to operate unless it meets the requirements of new zoning regulations adopted on June 20, 2023.

Existing facilities that have not applied or have not received approval will not be able to operate. All operators of such facilities should contact the Pontiac Planning Office at (248) 758-2824 to begin the application process.

2024 Tall Grass NoticeTall Grass and Weeds Ordinance
With spring coming, property owners need to be aware of the City's tall grass and weeds ordinance (Article III, Section 122-71). Grass and weeds taller than 8" will be declared a public nuisance. Landowners will be notified of the violation. If the landowner refuses to comply, the city will cut the grass and weeds and charge the property owner for the cost plus an administrative fee as established by the city council. Violations of this ordinance shall be a civil infraction punishable by a civil fine of up to $500.00 plus costs. Each day of violation shall be a separate violation.
Click here to read the entire public notice:
Click here to download the poster

Creating a Blight-Free Pontiac

Click here to read important guidelines for every Pontiac resident and landowner to keep our city free of blight. Understand your personal and legal responsibility to keep your property free of blight conditions.

All properties must be free of nuisances that may impact adjoining properties.  Common issues include abandoned or inoperable vehicles, tall grass and noxious weeds, blight (poorly maintained properties), illegal signs, parked cars on lawn areas, outdoor storage, and other items.

These enforcement requirements are included in the International Property Maintenance Code 2015 that has been adopted by the City of Pontiac and several State statutes and City of Pontiac local ordinances. 

The beauty and charm of our neighborhoods are among Pontiac’s most precious assets.  Code Enforcement strives to reduce blight and remove all unsafe conditions throughout the City while working for a cleaner, healthier, and more attractive community for all.