Vacant Property Registration and Inspection

In an effort to help protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, maintain property values and neighborhood integrity. West Bloomfield has adopted a new ordinance that requires all properties that have been vacant / unoccupied for over 30 days to be registered with the township.

The steps and sequence below represent the application and inspection process. The actual process may vary, depending upon the unique attributes of a particular property. Some steps may be performed simultaneously.


Submit Registration/Affidavit Application, Fee


Registration/Affidavit Application


Vacant Property Ordinance


The Township’s primary goal is to help protect health, safety and welfare of the citizens by preventing blight, protecting property values and neighborhood integrity, avoiding the creation and maintenance of nuisance of dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings.


Pay Registration/Affidavit and Inspection Fees



$425.00 Residential

$625.00 Commercial


Note: Registration and inspection fees must be paid at time of submitting registration affidavit. Section 8-396

Once the registration/affidavit application and inspection fees are paid.  An Inspector from the Code Enforcement Department will automatically schedule an inspection within 21 days of registration.  An inspection shall be conducted of the interior and exterior of the premises in accordance with the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code and Ordinance C-375, Chapter 8, Building and Building Regulations.


Inspections Process



Necessary inspections; general exterior, swimming pools, decks and handrails, general interior, smoke alarms, emergency exits (egress), front/back & interior doors, windows, heating systems, plumbing systems, and electrical systems. Inspections may be scheduled by calling the assigned inspector at least 24 hours in advance.


Notice of Violation


Property Owner and/or Property Manager will be notified of any property maintenance violations, along with a timeline for compliance.  Permits may be required.


Certificate of Occupancy


A Final Inspection and a Certificate of Occupancy must be issued prior to occupancy.  Contact the Building Department at 248-451-4842.


Additional Requirements Certifications

Mechanical (HVAC) Certification Required

In additional to a mechanical certification; when vacant property is winterized, all electrical, plumbing, and structural systems shall be certified by a licensed contractor as being in good repair.


Water & Sewer


If water service has been shut off, or for new meter installation, contact the Water & Sewer Billing Department (248-451-4832).  Any outstanding fees must be paid before water services can be restored.


If you believe a house in your neighborhood has been vacant for at least 30 days, is open to entry, or not being maintained, you can report it to the Code Enforcement Department by calling (248) 451-4880, or to report a complaint online click here.