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Waterford Code of Ordinances

The chapters and sections of the Charter Township of Waterford Code of Ordinances have been adopted in order to protect and preserve the peace, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township. On April 25, 2011, the Township Board adopted a reformatted version of the Code to provide a more efficient and effective means of providing the Code to Waterford citizens. The Clerk’s Office provides you two ways to search and review the Township Ordinances, the complete Code of Ordinances in one document along with a separate page guide and also each chapter of the Code presented in a separate document for quick access.

Code of Ordinances – Single Document 

The following documents provide you with the complete Township Code of Ordinances as well as a page guide providing the page locations of the articles and divisions of each Code Chapter. 

Page Guide

From time to time, the Township Board amends the Code of Ordinances.  The following document provides a brief description of each of the revisions made to the Code of Ordinances since April 25, 2011.

Code of Ordinances – Revision History


Code of Ordinances – Chapter by Chapter

Chapter 1 General Provisions

This Chapter provides the general definitions applicable throughout all chapters of the Code as well as provisions for implementation of, amendment of, and supplementation to, the Code. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 1:

Chapter 2 Administration

The focus of Chapter 2 of the Code is establishing a civil service process for police and fire (Pages 2-1 and 2-2), fair conditions of employment for administrative and managerial employees (Pages 2-2 through 2-4), and to establish a retirement system for the Township (Pages 2-4 through 2-29). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 2:
 

Chapter 3 Animals

Chapter 3 of the Code provides specific regulations governing the raising and keeping of animals in the Township. In particular, there are regulations regarding nuisance dogs (Page 3-1) and the prohibition of pit bull terriers and exotic animals (Pages 3-3 through 3-8). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 3:

The standards of the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers and referred to as Appendix A in Section 3-077 of this Chapter can be viewed through the following link:

Chapter 4 Buildings and Building Regulations

This chapter adopts by reference the state construction code (Pages 4-2 and 4-3). This chapter also adopts by reference the International Property Maintenance Code as the Township’s existing structures code, along with adopting additions and amendments providing additional health and safety measures to Township residents (Pages 4-3 through 4-5). Chapter 4 also establishes the procedures for addressing dangerous buildings (Pages 4-6 through 4-9).and the requirements for rental housing certification (Pages 4-10 through 4-20). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Cable Television

The focus of Chapter 5 of the Code is to provide fair regulation of cable television service in the Township. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 5:
 

Chapter 6 Emergency Preparedness

Chapter 6 establishes the administrative framework to ensure the complete and efficient utilization of all Township resources during periods of emergency and disaster. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 6:

Chapter 7 Fire Prevention and Protection

This chapter adopts by reference the International Fire Code, along with adopting additions and amendments providing additional health and safety measures to Township residents. Regulations pertaining to use and sales of fireworks can be found on the following referenced pages (Pages 7-9 and 7-10). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 7:

Chapter 8 Flood Damage Prevention and Control

Chapter 8 establishes regulations for the management of floodplains with the Township. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 8:

Chapter 9 Health and Sanitation

The focus of Chapter 9 of the Code is establishing regulatory controls for particular situations that, if left uncontrolled, shall negatively impact the health and sanitary conditions of Township residents. This chapter includes regulations for the safe disposal of abandoned refrigerators (Pages 9-1 and 9-2), for litter and weed control (Pages 9-2 through 9-5), for rodent control (Pages 9-5 through 9-8), and for hazardous/toxic substance cleanup (Pages 9-12 and 9-13). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 9:
 

Chapter 10 Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations

Chapter 10 establishes regulations and licensing requirements for specific types of businesses looking to conduct commercial operations within the Township. The following types of uses are regulated through this Chapter:
Distressed Vehicle, Junk and Dismantling Yards (Pages 10-6 through 10-10)
Alarm Systems (Pages 10-11 through 10-14)
Carnivals (Pages 10-14 through 10-16)
Coin-Operated Amusement Centers (Pages 10-16 through 10-20)
Pool and Dance Halls (Pages 10-20 through 10-22)
Massage Parlors (Pages 10-23 through 10-30)
Motor Carriers (Pages 10-30 through 10-32)
Pawnbrokers (Pages 10-32 and 10-33)
Precious Metals and Gem Dealers (Pages 10-33 and 10-34)
Transient Merchants (Pages 10-34 through 10-42)
Charitable Funds (Pages 10-43 through 10-46)
Liquor Control (Pages 10-46 through 10-55)
Secondhand Dealers and Junk Dealers (Pages 10-56 through 10-58)

The following link provides the full text of Chapter 10:

Chapter 11 Offenses

Chapter 11 specifies actions that are unlawful in the Township and establishes enforcement measures against such unlawful actions. The following types of uses are regulated through this Chapter:
Offenses Affecting Governmental Functions (Pages 11-2 through 11-4)
Offenses Against the Person (Pages 11-5 and 11-6)
Offenses Against Property (i.e. Theft, Destruction of Property, & Trespass) (Pages 11-7 through 11-13)
Offenses Against Public Peace (Pages 11-13 through 11-16)
Offenses Against Public Morals (i.e. Prostitution, Gambling, Controlled Substances,
Drug Paraphernalia, & Model Glue)
(Pages 11-18 through 11-26)
Offenses Against Public Safety (i.e. Weapons) (Pages 11-27 through 11-34)
Offenses on School Grounds (Pages 11-34 and 11-35)
Offenses Involving Minors (i.e. Curfew) (Pages 11-35 through 11-38)

This Chapter also establishes the procedures for municipal civil infractions (Pages 11-39 through 11-42). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 11:

Chapter 12 Parks and Recreation

Chapter 12 of the Code establishes the Township Recreation System (Pages 12-2 through 12-4), shoreline distance restrictions for watercraft and water skiing activities on Pontiac Lake (Page 12-4), watercraft speed restrictions on Gerundecut Bay (Page 12-5), and watercraft speed restrictions on Lake Oakland Canal (Page 12-5). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 12:

Chapter 13 Planning

Chapter 13 of the Code establishes regulations for the following:

  
Historic District (Pages 13-1 through 13-6)
Lowland Filling (Pages 13-6 through 13-11)
Wetlands (Pages 13-12 through 13-21)
Corridor Improvement Authority (Pages 13-22 through 13-24)

The following link provides the full text of Chapter 13:

Chapter 14 Police

Chapter 14 of the Code provides regulations addressing lost and unclaimed property (Pages 14-1 through 14-3). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 14:

Chapter 14.5 Right-of-Way Management

The focus of Chapter 14.5 of the Code is establishing regulations for the Township to monitor, review and regulate activities and persons that disrupt and/or use public rights-of-way in the Township. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 14.5:

Chapter 15 Subdivision Regulations

Chapter 15 of the Code contains regulations related to the design and approval of subdivision plats (Pages 15-1 through 15-15), approval of acreage land splits (Pages 15-15 through 15-19), and approval of platted lot splits (Pages 15-19 through 15-22). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 15:

Chapter 15.5 Taxation

The focus of Chapter 15.5 of the Code is establishing regulations for the purpose and with the intent to fully exercise and/or reserve the Township’s rights and options regarding exemptions from ad valorem property taxes for housing projects proposed through the State Housing Development Authority. The following link provides the full text of Chapter 15.5:

Chapter 16 Traffic and Motor Vehicles

Chapter 16 of the Code adopts by reference certain chapters and corresponding sections of the Michigan Vehicle Code and establishes the responsibility for enforcing such sections (Page 16-2). There are also regulations involving the use and operation of recreational vehicles (Pages 16-3 through 16-8) and traffic control on school property (Page 16-8 and 16-9), shopping centers (Pages 16-9 and 16-10), and public parking lots (Pages 16-10 through 16-13). This Chapter also contains regulations pertaining to bicycles and other nonmotorized modes of transportation (Pages 16-13 through 16-17) and to emergency response cost recovery (Pages 16-17 through 16-19). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 16:

Chapter 17 Water and Sewers

The focus of Chapter 17 of the Code is establishing regulations related to the Township’s water and sewer systems. In particular, this Chapter provides regulations for inspections (Pages 17-1 through 17-3), sewers and sewage disposal (Pages 17-4 through 17-25), wastewater disposal (Pages 17-25 through 17-67), and water supply (Pages 17-67 through 17-78). The following link provides the full text of Chapter 17:

Appendix A Zoning

The Zoning Ordinance has been adopted in accordance with Public Act 110 of 2006, Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, as amended, for the purposes of establishing zoning districts and regulating land development within Waterford’s municipal boundaries. A detailed description of the objectives of the Zoning Ordinance as well as links providing access to the full text of the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map can be found through the following link:

Appendix B Franchise

Pursuant to Section 29 of Article 7 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, use of the highways, streets, alleys and other public places for operation of a public utility requires the consent of the Township and the transaction of local business in the Township by a public utility requires that a franchise first be obtained. Appendix B establishes the terms and conditions for granting such a franchise to DTE Energy (Pages B-1 through B-7) as well as franchise regulations related to the delivery of electricity and natural gas to customers through deregulation (Pages B-8 through B-14). The following link provides the full text of Appendix B: