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The City of Bloomfield Hills has adopted the 2015 Michigan Building Code, 2015 Michigan Residential Code, the 2015 Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Code and the 2014 Michigan Electrical Code. The City also has adopted the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Check your voter registration at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the City Clerk. You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing one of the following:
Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 248-644-1520. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all elections.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots beginning 45 days prior to Election Day. These ballots are tabulated on Election Day.
If obtaining your absent voter ballot in person, you will be requested to show photo ID.
If you are not in possession of photo ID, you can simply sign an affidavit stating you are not in possession of photo ID. This requirement does not apply if requesting your ballot via mail.
When you go to the polls to cast a ballot, you will be asked to produce photo identification. The requirements are the result of a 1996 law determined to be enforceable by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2007.The following types of photo ID are acceptable:
The ID does not need your address. If you do not have photo ID or do not bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote. Simply sign an affidavit stating that you are not in possession of photo identification. Your ballot is included with all others and is counted on Election Day.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, where you cast your ballot on Election Day. If you are not registered, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to register. You may also learn about voting equipment in your precinct, the voter identification requirement, and what you need to know if you would like to work at the polls on Election Day.
Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they did not register to vote at their new address by the close of registration for this election.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine what you will see on your ballot on Election Day. You may also contact the City Clerk to view a sample ballot.
No, the use of video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the polls when they are open for voting. This includes still cameras and other recording features built into many cell phones. The ban applies to all voters, challengers, poll watchers and election workers. Exceptions are made for credentialed members of the news media though certain restrictions remain.
You must meet an identification requirement under federal law. That means you must:
Never send an original document.
If you don't fulfill that requirement, you will be asked for an acceptable form of identification before you vote in your first election in Michigan. The identification requirement does not apply if:
You are not required to vote the entire ballot. You may pick and choose the races or ballot questions for which you want to vote. Skipping sections of the ballot does not invalidate your ballot.
Michigan has prohibited the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls for decades. This includes clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.
If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the City Clerk’s Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
You may make an "emergency" request for an absentee ballot if you cannot attend the polls because of:
The emergency must have occurred after 5 p.m. on Friday prior to the election. If you are requesting an emergency absentee ballot, you may have someone deliver your written request for the ballot to your city or township clerk's office before 4 p.m. on Election Day. Emergency ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
he exterior of a residential and commercial structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare as outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code, 2015.
No recreational vehicles can be stored on any lot in a residential district except for in an enclosed garage, provided however that a recreational vehicle may be parked on a driveway or in the rear yard of a residential lot for a period not to exceed a total of twenty-four (24) hours during loading or unloading. Recreational vehicles are considered to be the following:
All exterior property and premises shall be free from any accumulation or storage of constructional materials such as but not limited to:
This is unless said materials are related to and necessary for lawful construction activities on the premises, the storage is neat and orderly and is limited in duration to the time reasonably necessary to incorporate the stored items into the construction on the premises.
No owner of any parcel of land within the city shall permit any growth of weeds, grass or other vegetation to a height no greater than seven (7) inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass, or brush.
Prior to May first in any year the city manager is authorized to notify the owner of any parcel of land or the agent of the owner to cut, destroy, and/or remove the material and vegetation and to keep it cut, destroyed and/or removed until October 15 of that year.
Use of off-street parking for the storage or repair of motor vehicles or for the parking of wrecked or junked vehicles is prohibited.
An individual parcel owner may remove the greater of 4 regulated trees or 10% of the regulated trees from their lot within a two-year period without a permit. If the owner elects to remove a percentage of the regulated trees on the parcel, they must adequately document the total number of regulated trees on the parcel. Anything over the above allotted number of trees requires a permit.
All exterior property areas are to be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, this includes the removal of trees or tree branches that have fallen.
Businesses at times use a “banner” type sign on the exterior of their property to advertise or celebrate an award or milestone. This type of sign is prohibited.
A “natural feature” is a wetland such as a lake, pond, river, stream, or creek.
There is a 25-foot setback from the boundary or edge of a wetland and no activity such as construction, landscaping, tree/brush removal can occur within the setback without approval from the city.
Even though a residence may be vacant due to a seasonal change of homes or a pending sale, it is still the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that the property is properly maintained. The property shall be properly landscaped which includes:
Maintenance includes regular landscaping and removal of all trimming:
Property shall be maintained in a secure manner so as not to be accessible to unauthorized persons. Secure manner includes the closure and locking of all windows, doors, and gates.
Building code interpretation or code related questions shall be addressed by the Building Official during regular office hours. Trade Inspectors are available by requesting a telephone conference through this office. For more information, contact the Building Official.