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The City of Allen Park has moved its Ordinance information to Municode.com, a dedicated online resource that will provide you with the latest updates of our cities ordinances. To view the Ordinances listed on the Municode website click here.

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There are three (3) basic types of penalties for violating or disobeying a City Ordinance. These types are a Misdemeanor, a Municipal Civil Infraction and a Civil Infraction. Each Ordinance indicates the type of penalty a violation is to carry. If the Ordinance does not specify a penalty, the penalty is usually a Misdemeanor. The information provided below is intended to provide a general overview and a general guide only. If you should receive a violation from the City, you should check with the Court or the City Clerk's Office to determine what type of penalties apply as several City Ordinances have specific penalties beyond the general penalties indicated below.
 
Misdemeanors

These are the most serious violations for local ordinances or laws. If an individual is convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor offense, that individual could be assessed a fine of up to $500.00 and/or be placed in jail for up to 90 or 93 days. In addition to these penalties, the Court can impose Court Costs and other Court sanctioned fees or penalties.
 
Municipal Civil Infractions

These violations are for non-traffic offenses and are considered non-criminal violations because the Court cannot impose jail time for the actual violation. If an individual is convicted or found responsible for the Municipal Civil Infraction, the individual will simply be assessed a fine. In addition to this fine, the Court can impose Court Costs and other Court sanctioned fees or penalties.
 
Civil Infractions

These violations are for traffic offenses and are considered non-criminal violations because the Court cannot impose jail time for the actual violation. If an individual is convicted or found responsible for the Civil Infraction, the individual will simply be assessed a fine. In addition to this fine, the Court can impose Court Costs and other Court sanctioned fees or penalties.
 
Additional Penalties or Special Provisions

Continuing Offense: City Ordinance allows an individual to be charged with a new offense or violation for each day the violation exists. For example, if an individual parks a vehicle on the grass and leaves it there for three (3) days; the individual could receive three (3) citations or tickets for parking on the grass, one for each day the vehicle was parked on the grass.

Remedy: If an individual is charged with violating a Building Code or the Zoning Code, or if the Ordinance under which the individual is charged allows, the individual may also be ordered by the Court to correct the problem or condition.

Graduated Penalties: Some Ordinances indicate that the penalty increases for subsequent or additional violations. In many of the Municipal Civil Infractions, subsequent or additional violations can change the violation from a Municipal Civil Infraction (a non-criminal violation) into a Misdemeanor (a criminal violation).

Court Penalties: If an individual is charged with a violation of a local ordinance and does not comply with the orders or direction of the Court, the individual may face additional penalties, including jail, regardless if the original City offense allowed for the jail penalty. These penalties are imposed by the Court through the legal process and are not part of the penalties for the violation of the City ordinance.
 
Adopting an Ordinance

A City Law or Rule is called an Ordinance. Local Ordinances are generally broken down into four (4) categories, Traffic Ordinances, Criminal Ordinances, Building Ordinances (Building and Construction Codes) and Miscellaneous Ordinances (such as Trash Collection, Snow Removal etc.).

The City Charter specifies the legal requirements on how a proposal becomes a City Ordinance. The Charter specifies only the minimum requirements for the adoption of an Ordinance and the Mayor and Council can require or add certain requirements before any proposed ordinance is adopted. The discussion below is a review of only the minimum requirements specified by the City Charter and does not discuss the Referendum process or how the public can place a proposed ordinance on a Ballot for an Election by the public. For more details on both processes, please review the appropriate sections in the City Charter. You may access those sections by clicking this link, City Charter - Ordinance Adoption.

An Ordinance starts as an idea proposed to the City Council. This idea may be put forth by the Mayor, a City Councilperson, City Department Head, the City Attorney or arise due to public comment at a City Council Meeting. The idea is put into written form by the City Attorney. The Ordinance is now considered a proposed ordinance.

The proposed ordinance is put on a Council agenda to be discussed at a Council meeting. If the Council believes the proposed ordinance has merit and wants to consider it further, the proposed ordinance will have a First and Second Reading at the Council meeting. This does not mean the proposed ordinance is read aloud to the public two times. To complete the First and Second Readings, the Council only needs to announce the proposed ordinance by its title or general subject matter and pass a resolution to approve the First and Second Reading. If the Council elects not to continue consideration of the proposed ordinance, the Council will not support the First and Second Reading or will vote against the First and Second Reading. Unless there is further desire by the Council to continue to discuss or consider the proposed ordinance, the proposed ordinance would by dropped at this point.

Once the Council passes or accepts the First and Second Reading by Council Resolution, the City Attorney finalizes the proposed ordinance and may make changes as suggested by the Council. The proposed ordinance is also published in a news paper that is generally circulated within the City. Usually this means the proposed ordinance is published in the News Herald, although it could be published in another local paper.

The City Charter does not require that the entire ordinance be published and in most instances, a summary of the proposed ordinance is only published. This summary usually contains the general headings and sections of the proposed ordinance. However, if the Council or City Attorney believes that more of the proposed ordinance needs to be published so that the general public will know what the proposed ordinance is about, a more detailed publication would be done. The Charter does require that if just a summary is published, a complete copy of the proposed ordinance must be available in the City Clerk's Office for review by the general public. The newspaper summary also advises the public that a copy of the proposed ordinance is available for review.

No sooner than ten (10) days after the proposed ordinance was published, the proposed ordinance can be sent back to the City Council for adoption. This step is called the Third and Final Reading. Again, the proposed ordinance is not actually read aloud. If the Council still believes the idea of the proposed ordinance is appropriate, a Resolution calling for the ordinance's adoption will be made by a Councilperson. A Roll Call Vote will be taken on the proposed ordinance. This means that each Councilperson, and the Mayor as a member of the Council, will have to publicly indicate whether they are for or against the proposed ordinance. If the proposed ordinance receives a simple majority vote of the Council, it passes and becomes law.

The adopted ordinance must now be published again in final form within ten (10) days. The publication process is the same as for the proposed ordinance, including the review copy in the City Clerk's Office.

An ordinance may also be adopted as an Emergency measure. When a proposed ordinance is adopted as an Emergency measure, it is adopted at the same Council meeting as it is originally proposed. So instead of having just the First and Second Reading, the Third and Final Reading are done at the same time. Additionally, the proposed ordinance is not published as a proposed ordinance, it is only published after it has been adopted.

Finally, a proposed ordinance may be changed many times before it is finally adopted. Some ordinances may have as many as fourteen (14) or twenty (20) versions before it is finally adopted. It is not required by the City Charter that each new version be published. Generally, only the latest version at the time of the First and Second Reading and the Final Adopted versions are published. This reduces the cost to the City for the newspaper ads.


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20238 documents

  • PO 08-2023
    document _recordid 2387
    Festivities Commission
  • PO 07-2023
    document _recordid 2386
    Park Ave. Land Conveyance
  • 06-2023
    document _recordid 2385
    Parking Permit for Waiver
  • 05-2023
    document _recordid 2384
    Parks and Recreation Amendment
  • 04-2023
    document _recordid 2383
    Civil Infraction for Blight
  • 03-2023
    document _recordid 2382
    Trash Collection Days
  • 02-2023
    document _recordid 2381
    Land Conveyence Rosedale Blvd
  • 01-2023
    document _recordid 2380
    City Seal

20227 documents

  • 07-2022
    document _recordid 2378
    Tobacco, Vapor and Nicotine
  • 06-2022
    document _recordid 2377
    Zoning - Smoke Shops
  • 05-2022
    document _recordid 2376
    Right-of-Way Immunity
  • 04-2022
    document _recordid 2375
    Historical Commission
  • 03-2022
    document _recordid 2374
    Nitrous Oxide
  • 02-2022
    document _recordid 2373
    Ground Feeding Animals
  • 01-2022
    document _recordid 2372
    Storm Water Facilities

202113 documents

  • 13-2021
    document _recordid 2370
    Beautification Commission
  • 12-2021
    document _recordid 2369
    Repeal Animal in the Park
  • 11-2021DDA
    document _recordid 2368
    Tax Plan Readoption
  • 10-2021
    document _recordid 2367
    Water Billing Cycle
  • 09-2021
    document _recordid 2366
    Water Meter Shutoff
  • 08-2021
    document _recordid 2365
    Rental - Expiration of Inspection Certificate
  • 07-2021
    document _recordid 2364
    Amend Fence Ordinance
  • 06-2021
    document _recordid 2363
    Flood Plain Ordinance
  • 05-2021
    document _recordid 2362
    Damage by Utility Companies and Its Contractors
  • 04-2021
    document _recordid 2361
    Sale of Vacant Property Parcel
  • 03-2021
    document _recordid 2360
    Conveyances or Leases of Lands
  • 02-2021
    document _recordid 2359
    Expanded Street Fair Ordinance
  • 01-2021
    document _recordid 2358
    Political Campaign Signs

20204 documents

  • 04-2020
    document _recordid 2356
    Land Conveyance Ordinance Parcel
  • 03-2020
    document _recordid 2355
    International Property Maintenance Code 2018 Update
  • 02-2020
    document _recordid 2354
    Construction Board of Appeals
  • 01-2020
    document _recordid 2353
    Change to Pension System Trustee Designation

20196 documents

  • 06-2019
    document _recordid 2351
    Solar Energy Systems
  • 05-2019
    document _recordid 2350
    Illicit Discharge Sewer Ordinance
  • 04-2019
    document _recordid 2349
    Minimum Housing Standards
  • 03-2019
    document _recordid 2348
    Fire Prevention and Protection Fireworks Amendment
  • 02-2019
    document _recordid 2347
    Historic Commission Amendment
  • 01-2019
    document _recordid 2346
    Parks and Recreation Commission Amendment

20185 documents

  • 05-2018
    document _recordid 2344
    Prohibition of Marihana Businesses
  • 04-2018
    document _recordid 2343
    Water Bill Lessee
  • 03-2018
    document _recordid 2342
    Animal Waste
  • 02-2018
    document _recordid 2341
    Fats Oil  Grease Waste
  • 01-2018
    document _recordid 2340
    Storm Water Facilities

20174 documents

  • 06-2017
    document _recordid 2338
    Minor in the Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage
  • 03-2017
    document _recordid 2337
    Medical Marijuana Primary Caregivers
  • 02-2017
    document _recordid 2336
    Medical Marijuana/Residential District
  • 01-2017
    document _recordid 2335
    Fences

201610 documents

  • 11-2016
    document _recordid 2333
    Recovery of Expenses for Emergency Response
  • 10-2016
    document _recordid 2332
    Fire Code Update
  • 08-2016
    document _recordid 2331
    Urination in Public
  • 07-2016
    document _recordid 2330
    Telecom Offenses
  • 06-2016
    document _recordid 2329
    State Law Misdemeanor
  • 05-2016
    document _recordid 2328
    Parking Limited Time for Unregistered Vehicles
  • 04-2016
    document _recordid 2327
    Malicious Distruction of Public Property
  • 03-2016
    document _recordid 2326
    Graffiti Ordinance
  • 02-2016
    document _recordid 2325
    Historical Commission Modification of Composition
  • 01-2016
    document _recordid 2324
    Employees Retirement System Modification

20156 documents

  • 06-2015
    document _recordid 2322
    Zoning for Indoor Storage
  • 05-2015
    document _recordid 2321
    Sky Lantern Ordinance
  • 04-2015
    document _recordid 2320
    Donation Box Ordinance Amendment
  • 03-2015
    document _recordid 2319
    Sewer Connection
  • 02-2015
    document _recordid 2318
    ​Festivities Commission
  • 01-2015
    document _recordid 2317
    Waste Water Detroit

20144 documents

  • 04-2014
    document _recordid 2315
    District C-6C (Southfield Road Mixed Use Development District)
  • 03-2014
    document _recordid 2314
    Pawnbrokers
  • 02-2014
    document _recordid 2313
    Firewood Storage
  • 01-2014
    document _recordid 2311
    Fireworks Amendment 2014

20133 documents

  • 04-2013
    document _recordid 2309
    Digital Sign and Billboard
  • 03-2013
    document _recordid 2308
    Collection Box Regulation
  • 02-2013
    document _recordid 2307
    Noxious weeds

20127 documents

  • 08-2012
    document _recordid 2305
    Animal & DCACA
  • 07-2012
    document _recordid 2304
    MIP
  • 06-2012
    document _recordid 2303
    Fireworks
  • 04-2012
    document _recordid 2302
    Pitbull Ban Repeal
  • 03-2012
    document _recordid 2301
    Synthetic Marijuana Emergency Ordinance
  • 02-2012
    document _recordid 2299
    Enhanced Drunk Driving Ordinance
  • 01-2012
    document _recordid 2298
    Reimbursement

20114 documents

  • 09-2011
    document _recordid 2296
    Flood Plain Regulations Amendment to Chap.10 Building Code
  • 04-2011
    document _recordid 2295
    Pension Ordinance
  • 03-2011
    document _recordid 2294
    Fire Code Inspection
  • 02-2011
    document _recordid 2293
    Vacant Property Registration and Maintenance