The Code Enforcement/Community Resource Officer provides information, guidance and resources to enable residents of the City to comply with the ordinances enacted by the Mason City Council and other laws enacted by the State of Michigan. Following the ordinances and maintaining your property is one of the ways you can contribute to making Mason a great community.
OUR COMMUNITY VISION:
Mason is a community founded upon a respect for our historic past, while encouraging an atmosphere that values family, business, the environment and the arts, creating a sense of place for present and future generations. (City of Mason Master Plan 2014)
OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES:
- Notify the neighbor of the problem and request their cooperation to remedy the situation. Notice may be in person or in writing. A sample letter has been provided for your use. Citizen Letter Template.
- Click here to file an on-line Citizen Request for Action to notify the City of Mason for assistance. If we determine the City has no jurisdiction over the matter, we will do our best to direct you to the right resources.
Does my neighbor need a building permit for his deck?
Yes, building permits are required for decks of any size, attached or detached as they are part of the egress into the home. More information regarding building permits can be found: here
Does Mason allow keeping animals such as chickens, duck, pigs, goats, mini horses, etc., within the City?
The keeping of customary agricultural animals within the city limits is regulated in Sec. 94-122. Even on property zoned agricultural, the keeping of hogs and poultry is prohibited per Sec. 94-122(c)(3).
Can the City help me with the neighbor's tree that is overhanging the property line into my yard?
This is a private matter and we recommend you work directly with your neighbor to obtain permission to trim the portion over your property line. If, however, the tree appears to be dead or diseased and constitutes a hazard to life and property, the City may be able to assist as this is a violation per Sec. 86-71.
My neighbor has redirected water from their property onto mine, can the City require that the water flow be changed?
Please review our handout on the matter by clicking here. In general, water should not be redirected onto the property of another, but naturally absorbed into the ground where it originates.
Can my neighbor operate a business out of their home in an area zoned residential?
Yes, but specific requirements must be met. Sec. 94-173(a)
Can my neighbor use their garage or other accessory building for a home occupation?
No, a home occupation must be located in the principal dwelling. Sec. 94-(3)(k)
May my neighbor put signs in the front of their house between the sidewalk and street?
Generally, NO. The area between the sidewalk and street is likely the City’s right of way which also contains public easements for utilities. Nothing can be placed in that area except as stated in Sec. 70-1.
May flowers, bushes, trees or planters be placed in the are between the sidewalk and street?
Generally, the area between the sidewalk and street is the City’s right of way which also contains public easements for utilities. Nothing can be placed in that area except as stated in Sec. 70-1. However, the City does allow vegetation less than eight (8) inches in height in the right of way; Sec. 94-241(5). Trees may be planted with permission by the City if they meet the requirements for location and species as stated in Sec. 86-131.
Can my neighbor plant any kind of tree they want on their own property?
The City does not regulate landscaping on private residential property with the exception of Sect.86-138 which addresses overhang onto the public right of way and corner clearance, and Sect. 94-172(d)(3) which prohibits vision obstructions on private property across corner lots and driveways as shown in Figure 100-103. However, the City Tree Commission does provide recommended trees for the City that can be found here. You are responsible to contact MISS DIG prior to planting and avoid powerlines.
How long can my neighbor run a garage sale? Can they put signs up on City street corners?
Any garage sale in the City is subject to Sec. 54-31 which allows up to three garage sales within a calendar year for a period of not more than 72 consecutive hours each. Signs cannot be placed on City property as stated in Sec. 70-1. And Sec. 58-126(7).
Does my neighbor need to register their rental house with the City of Mason? Is there a rental registration ordinance?
No, rentals are not required to be registered with the City and there is no rental registration ordinance. Dwellings must be maintained in a sanitary and safe condition per the City Ordinance Sec. 6-100 through Sec. 6-155 and Sec. 6-161 through Sec. 6-185. Please also refer to “A Practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords” or contact Legal Services of South Central MI (517) 394-2985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.