MapLink™ | Procedures | Violations and Penalties

Hello! Content on this website is provided as a convenience and is for informational use only. Be sure to review the Terms of Use for all of the details related to your use of this website.
Violations and Penalties
A. Any use of land which is commenced or conducted, or any building or structure which is erected, moved, placed, reconstructed, razed, extended, enlarged, altered, maintained or changed, in violation of any provision of this chapter is hereby declared to be a nuisance per se.
B. Any person who disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with any provision of this chapter or any permit, approval or exception granted hereunder or any lawful order of the Building Official, Zoning Administrator, Zoning Board of Appeals, or the Township Board issued in pursuance of this chapter shall be in violation of this chapter. Any such violation is hereby declared to be a nuisance per se.
C. A violation of this chapter is a municipal civil infraction, for which the fine shall not be less than $100 nor more than $500 for the first offense and not less than $250 nor more than $1,000 for subsequent offenses, in the discretion of the court, and in addition to all other costs, damages, attorneys' fees, and expenses provided by law. For purposes of this section, "subsequent offense" means a violation of the provisions of this chapter committed by the same person within 12 months of a previous violation of the same provision of this chapter, for which said person admitted responsibility or was adjudicated to be responsible. Each day during which any violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
D. Any one or more of the following Township officials are authorized to issue citations for violation of provisions of this chapter which are designated to be municipal civil infractions, if any one or more of them have reasonable cause to believe that an infraction has occurred, based upon personal observation or the report of a person who has allegedly witnessed the infraction:
(1) The Township Supervisor.
(2) The Township Building Official.
(3) The Township Zoning Administrator.
(4) The Township Ordinance Enforcement Officer.
E. If a citation is based solely upon the complaint of someone who allegedly witnessed the violation, and not upon the personal observation of the official, then the citation shall be approved, in writing, by the Township Supervisor and the Township Attorney.
F. Citations shall be numbered consecutively and shall be in a form approved by the State Court Administrator's office.
G. Citations shall be served upon the alleged violator as provided by law.
H. Citations shall require an appearance at the District Court within a reasonable time after the citation has been issued.
I. The procedures for the admission or denial of responsibility, request for informal or formal hearings, and all other matters related to processing of citations for civil infractions shall be as provided by law.
J. In addition to the foregoing procedures and penalties for violations, the Township may commence and pursue injunction, mandamus, abatement or any other available legal action or proceedings to prevent, enjoin, abate or remove any violation of this chapter. Such remedies are in addition to all others provided by law.

See Zoning Complaints and Enforcement for more information.