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Livonia Animal Control Officers enforce the ordinances that deal with animals. Animal Control Officers also advise and assist citizens on subjects dealing with wildlife.
Animal Control is located in the Public Service Division Building at Schoolcraft and Farmington.
Not necessarily. Dogs must be under reasonable control. Basically, this means that if your dog can be controlled by a voice command, this is considered reasonable control. If your dog does not listen and does not respond to voice command, there is no reasonable control.
No. All dogs (and cats) must be on a leash in a City park. In addition, any animal feces must be removed by the owner.
No. It shall be unlawful for the owner or any other person having the possession, custody, care or control thereof to permit any cat to be at large upon the public walks, parks, or any other public place within the city, or upon any private property within the City without the permission of the owner or occupant of such private property.
Three dogs and/or three cats on your premises.
You need a current Rabies Certificate from your veterinarian for all cats and dogs over four months of age. You can take the certificate either to the City Clerk's office in City Hall, and for a fee, you can purchase a license.
The City of Livonia has a contract with the Michigan Humane Society and we take all stray and wild animals there.
Wild animals are free-roaming and are not considered a public problem unless they are obviously sick, injured or in distress. We cannot transport healthy wildlife. sick, injured or distressed animals, contact Animal Control during work hours, or the Police Department after hours and on weekends.
If the incident occurs between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, call Public Service at (734) 466-2655 and an animal bite report will be recorded. If the bite occurs after hours, or on the weekend, call the Livonia Police Department at (734) 466-2470 and they will take the report. Any medical reports should be included with the bite report.
Yes, but only if the owner calls and reports the animal missing. The Police Department keeps a record of the lost animal and will also keep a record of found animals if they are called in.
No. You must call your own Pest control removal service.
No. Animal Control picks up lost animals. Call Animal Control at (734) 466-2655. The Sanitation Department picks up dead animals on the roadway. Call the Sanitation Department at (734) 466-2588.
No. This ordinance only applies to new cases since the ordinance went into effect. However, if an animal has a known history of aggressive behavior and/or biting, if there is a new incident involving this animal then its history will be taken into account in determining the categorization.
Barking or other annoyance behaviors are not addressed under this ordinance. Barking at the fence line does not necessarily mean the animal is vicious. Animals are naturally territorial. Barking, growling and jumping are considered normal territorial behaviors for dogs.
If the dog is pulling or lunging, bearing its teeth, hackles up, these are signs of more aggressive behavior, as are repeated charging, snarling, biting, and lunging without provocation. There are specific criteria for a dog to be declared vicious such as the tendency to attack without provocation, to cause injury or to threaten the safety of a person or other domestic animal, or harbored for the purpose of fighting.
Vicious behavior first needs to be logged and documented. Keep a log with dates, times, and detailed circumstances and take photos and videos.
Contact the Animal Control Office at (734) 466-2655 for investigation and follow up. Please note investigation requires a complainant who cannot remain anonymous if it results in a formal vicious or potentially vicious classification of the animal or a ticket.
This ordinance is not breed specific and owning a pit bull is not against the law. This ordinance is behavior-based, so the animal would need to exhibit vicious behavior in order for the situation to be addressed.
The ordinance exempts situations when animals were provoked into biting.
The ordinance excludes trespassers on the dog's property, in other words, the animal has a right to defend your home against intruders engaged in unlawful activity. Trespassers do not include anyone engaged in a lawful activity such as postal carriers, meter readers, visitors, or strangers knocking on your door for legitimate purposes. "Trespassers" also, importantly, do not include children running across the property line onto your property to get a ball, etc. In these situations, the animal should be restrained from contact as the owner is responsible for biting, attacks, etc. on their property and the dog could be categorized as vicious or potentially vicious.
Fences are meant not only to confine and keep in but also serve to keep others out. In general, if an animal is contained by an invisible fence that is not evident to a person or animal that strays within its boundaries, the owner is still liable if the enclosed animal attacks or bites. If you are using an invisible fence we strongly encourage you to post a notice.
More serious consequences are now proscribed by this ordinance than in the past. These include containment on the animal in a six-sided structure with a lock, use of a leash and muzzle in public, and requirement of liability insurance. Owners are also limited to no more than one vicious or potentially vicious dog on their property. There are also requirements for spaying/neutering, microchipping, and obedience training.
Formal tracking is required which includes notifying the police department if the animal escapes, of any changes in address, and upon the death or sale of the animal. Owners who have an animal classified as such will be given a copy of the ordinance and our Animal Control officers will work with them to ensure their compliance and help with their success in keeping the public safe.
There are serious consequences of not remaining within the ordinance requirements, which may include immediate confiscation of the animal at the owner's expense. They could also lose the right to keep the animal which could lead to the destruction of the animal. Animal Control officers will do routine periodic inspections and will follow up on any reports of problems.
The Assessor turns the assessment roll over to the Board of Review, who can increase or decrease any improper assessment. The Board has no control over millage rates or property taxes.
Charters vary regarding membership requirements. Some communities use elected officials. Generally, the membership is made of resident taxpayers of the community.
Generally, the Board of Review meets in March. It is best to check the schedule of your community.
Under the Open Meetings Act, anyone can attend the meetings, including members of the press.
Any person may file an appeal regarding the assessment of any property within the Board's jurisdiction. By law, non-resident property owners can appeal by letter. Some local governments have made provisions for residents to appeal by letter also. Please contact your assessing office for the rules in your community.
Most communities will allow an agent, someone you have designated, to appeal in your behalf. Most often the property owner appeals in person. Many communities schedule appointments. If you plan to appear, please call to determine the schedule and requirements.
The Board of Review has the authority to act on appeals of:
The taxpayer must give evidence to show that the assessment is incorrect. The Board of Review needs good reasons to alter an assessment. It is imperative to be able to answer the questions What do you think your property is worth? and What are you basing that opinion on?
What do you think your property is worth?
What are you basing that opinion on?
All assessments are to be based on the sales of similar properties. You may hire a professional appraiser, or you can look at sales in your neighborhood and compare them to your home. Most assessors' offices will give you sales information. But remember this is your appeal, and the paperwork should be done by you.
For example, let's say that in your neighborhood a home sold for $80,000 and is identical to yours except that is has no garage and you have a two-car garage. You have determined that your garage is worth $4,000 to $6,000. Another home sold for $96,000. It has the same house and garage as yours but has an extra lot. Land sales show that the value of this extra lot is $8,000.
These two sales indicate a proper assessment of your property should be between $42,000 and $44,000.
Other recent sales in your area should be reviewed the same way. You need to be especially careful if the sales are different from your home in size, age or quality. This will require some time and thought, but the hardest part will be to remain objective.
The Board of Review will probably not give the decision at the time of the hearing but will mail the decision as soon as possible. Along with this notification, will be information about the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Only those assessments reviewed by the Board can be appealed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Their appeal deadline is July 31.
The Board of Review functions in many ways like a court although its procedures are less formal. Like a court, it has the authority to decide on certain issues based on evidence. In deciding whether to appeal your assessment to the Board of Review, you should first answer these two questions:
If you are protesting on the value of your property, you should be prepared to justify why your property would not sell for twice the assessed value. If you are appealing based on hardship, documentation will be necessary. You should contact your local unit for details.
The better information you bring to the Board, the better they will be able to make a fair determination. Keep the following points in mind:
Remember, the Board of Review is for you, and can be effective.
The market value of your property is simply the probable price that it would sell for in an arm's length transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller. In Michigan, market value is defined as True Cash Value.
True Cash Value
Determining a property's value is the Assessor's job, and is required for every piece of property, no matter how large or small. Also, each year the Assessor has to do the whole thing all over again, because the market value of almost everything changes from one year to the next.
The Assessor is required by state law to assess at 50% of true cash value all assessable property, as of December 31. This includes:
To find the value of any piece of property, the Assessor must first gather all pertinent information in the community, such as real estate sales, construction costs, rental incomes, operating expenses. Interest rates and any other factors available. Utilizing the information collected, the Assessor can then go about finding a property's value in three different ways:
The assessed value must reflect 50% of market value. As market values change, so does your assessment.
For instance, if you add a garage to your home, the assessed value would increase. However, should your property be permanently damaged by fire, the assessed value would decrease. Property owners have a responsibility for reporting any changes to their property that would affect values. If you obtained a building permit, our office will be notified by the Building Inspector's Office.
One such change is the "assessment cap". The language in Proposal A stated that, starting in 1995, the taxable assessment can be increased only by the amount of the consumer price index (C. P. I.) or 5% (whichever is less). However, other laws still require that the State Equalized Value (S.E.V) is to be 50% of the current market value. Since 1982, the S.E.V. and assessed value have been virtually the same. The capped value and the S.E.V. could be totally different.
For detailed examples, please visit the Understanding the Assessment Cap (PDF).
Since assessments must be set by market value, changing real estate values in the community will be reflected in the assessments. Market value is a product of the prices paid for the property. As prices increase/decrease, so does market value.
All properties do not change in value to the same degree. Many factors influence values. Those properties with water or scenic views, for example, may well increase more rapidly than others.
Your property bill is the end calculation of multiplying your assessed valuation by the local millage rate. The Assessor simply reports the current assessed value of your property. You determine the amount of the tax by voting for, or against, local millages. You also determine the amount of tax by voting for elected community and school leaders who you empower to set millage rates within specified limits.
Remember: A general increase in assessment can be negated on the tax bill by a general decrease of the millage rate.
If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the Assessor's, by all means, go to the office and discuss the matter. The staff will be glad to answer your questions and explain how to appeal if you cannot come to an agreement. The Assessor's Office relies on the property owner for information. You can help by providing accurate information.
If you feel taxes are too high, you should make your opinion known to the proper taxing authorities. Be sure to take advantage of the state's property tax relief programs. We're here to help you. Just ask!
For detailed examples, please visit Understanding the Assessment Cap (PDF).
To apply for a job with the City of Livonia, visit our online job site.
Maintaining a good soil for plant growth requires some effort. Regular additions of organic matter, such as compost, manure or crop residues are necessary.
Organic matter provides energy for biological activity. It also attracts and holds plant nutrients in an available state, reducing the amount of nutrients lost through leaching. It improves soil structure, so that air reaches plant roots and the soil retains moisture. Well-rotted composts and manures also suppress plant diseases by boosting the population of soil microorganisms that compete with disease-causing organisms.
Lawn fertilizers consist of nitrogen, phosphate, potassium (also called N-P-K), and other important nutrients. Of these, nitrogen is the most important for healthy green growth. But applying too much nitrogen damages the lawn, causes pollution, and increases the need for mowing.
City Hall is open during the following hours:Monday through Friday8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City Dump is located off of Farmington Road, South of Inveterate 96, East onto Glendale.
For additional information, please call the Public Service Division at (734) 466-2655.
Loud, unnecessary or disturbing noise occurring between the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. is prohibited.
Please call (734) 466-2588 for additional information.
You can call the Wayne County Department of Public Service at (734) 326-3936 for additional information.
To arrange a special pickup, please call the Sanitation Department at (734) 466-2588.
Ordinance Enforcement will investigate anything that annoys, injures, or endangers the safety, health, comfort or repose of Livonia residents. Call (734) 466-2588 for more information
You can go to our online employment application center. You will find on that site a list of open positions, you can apply and you can even crate a user name and mark your areas of interest. When a position opens up in your area of interests you will be notified by email.
You can obtain a marriage license at the Wayne County Clerk, for additional information please call the Clerk's office at (313) 224-5514.
All birth certificates for people born in the City of Livonia can be obtained in the City Clerk's office on the first floor of City Hall at:33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
All Wayne County births are maintained by Wayne County.
The City of Livonia and Detroit Water and Sewer System is the main water and sewer company. You may call (734) 466-2650 for Water and Sewer Maintenance and Repairs or (734) 466-2278 for Water and Sewer Billing.
The Public Service Department patches potholes, settlements, etc and replaces deteriorated pavement sections and curbs, for additional information please call (734) 466-2655.
The City of Livonia does not have a Human Society, but it does have an Animal Control office, for additional information please call (734) 466-2655. The nearest Human Society is located in Westland at Marquette/Newburgh.
Please contact Ordinance Enforcement by calling (734) 466-2588 to have dead animals removed from the street.
You can get a passport at the Post Office located at:118000 MerrimanLivonia, MI 48154Phone: (734) 425-8050
Unlicensed, inoperable, dismantled and/or abandoned vehicles are not allowed anywhere on private property unless housed within a garage, please call (734) 466-2588 to report violations.
To submit a Freedom of Information Act Request, please review the Law Department's page and fill out the Application (PDF).
Detroit Edison is the energy provider for residential and commercial service. For additional information please call (800) 477-4747.
Contact the Information and complaint center at (734) 466-2540. Trained volunteers are on staff to assist you. Deaf or hearing impaired residents can call the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD/TTY) line at (734) 421-2065.
Consumers Energy is the main gas company that services Livonia. For additional information, please call (800) 477-5050.
Detroit Edison handles our street light repair work. For additional information please call (800) 477-4747.
To find out where your utility line runs, call Miss Dig at (800) 482-7171.
Livonia City Hall is on the southeast corner of Farmington Road and 5 Mile Road, at:33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
To contact City Hall please call (734) 466-2200.
To contact the Police Department, please call the following:
If a resident believes the City is responsible for any damages to their person or property, please call the city at (734) 466-2176.
The Better Business Bureau can be reached by calling (248) 644-9100. The Livonia Chamber of Commerce can be reached by calling (734) 427-2122.
The City Centralized Lost and Found is located at the Civic Center Library, for additional information please call (734) 466-2491.
You may get working papers for your child at your local high school or at the Career Center on Newburgh Road, please call (734) 953-3900 for additional information.
There are several mini post office stations located throughout Livonia, but there are only two major post offices:
To contact the Wayne County Health Department please call (313) 224-0810.
Contact the Public Service Department by calling (734) 466-2655 to report missing or damaged signs. Street signs on major roads are maintained by Wayne County.
You can contact Social Security by visiting their website or calling (800) 772-1213.
The Secretary of State can be reached by visiting the Secretary of State's website or calling (248) 476-4538.
The office is on the second level of the Alexander Blue House, which is painted beige with red trim. The house is located near the Newburgh Road entrance to the park. Please use the front door and ring the doorbell for assistance.
The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park grounds are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The historic buildings are open for viewing on Tour Sundays.
You may call the office at (248) 477-7375, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or send an email inquiry to email@example.com
Tickets for Greenmead sponsored events go on sale two months before the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Greenmead Office, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please be prepared with cash or check only. Checks are made payable to Livonia Historical Commission.
Currently, we accept cash, check, or money orders.
Please call the office at (248) 477-7375 to discuss date availability, rates and to schedule an appointment to view rental buildings.
The historic buildings are open for viewing on Tour Sundays. If you would like to schedule a tour for a group of 10 or more, please call the office at (248) 477-7375.
Photos may be taken at exterior locations throughout the park with no fee. As we host many private events, fundraisers and festivals, we kindly ask that you call the office before scheduling your photography session and review our photography guidelines.
Dogs are allowed at Greenmead except at posted special events, such as our Flea Markets. Pets must be kept on a leash in accordance with the City of Livonia ordinance and pet owners must clean up after their pets.
Donations may be made in person at the Greenmead Office or mailed to 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48152. Checks or money orders may be made payable to Livonia Historical Commission.
Items for display in the historic buildings are accepted on a case by case basis. If you have an item you are interested in donating, please call the office at (248) 477-7375.
Greenmead also accepts items to be sold at our flea markets to generate funds for restoration projects at the park. To schedule a time to drop off your goods, please call the office.
Greenmead is always in need of more volunteers. Each spring, we host a New Volunteer Orientation. To register for this event, please call the office at (248) 477-7375.
Currently, we are fundraising for the next stages of restoration, including a small addition and full restoration of the interior of the building.
For more information, visit the Community Gardens webpage.
Applications for the summer flea market will be mailed at the end of March. To be added to the application mailing list, please call the office at (248) 477-7375 after January 1. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To participate in the fall flea market, please call the office after the summer flea market to be added to the application mailing list. Applications for the fall flea market will be mailed mid-July.
Vendors who participated in the last summer and/or fall flea market will automatically receive an application by mail.
City of Livonia Residents who meet the following requirements are eligible for a Major Home Rehabilitation loan:
Total gross annual household income must not exceed the following guidelines and are subject to change annually:
Most home repairs qualify which will bring the home up to applicable City of Livonia building codes. The program is primarily designed to correct those items that affect the health and safety of the occupants.
Examples of eligible improvements:
Examples of ineligible home improvements:
The Community Development Housing Rehabilitation Specialist, a professional lead inspector, and City of Livonia Building Inspectors perform detailed inspections to confirm and/or identify required and optional repairs. Using those reports, the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist will write up a proposal to outline the scope of work to be done, this will then be presented to the homeowner for approval.
The Housing Rehabilitation Specialist will invite at least 3 licensed and insured contractors to attend a walk-through of your home with you present. The contractors submit a bid proposal. The Office of Community Development will take the lowest, responsible bid and present it to the Rehabilitation Loan Committee. The Committee approves the homeowner's application and the award of the home improvement contract. A contract signing is scheduled, with repairs to follow.
Depending on the range of repairs, loan amounts are available from $5,000 to $15,000 is available to borrow. Some loans may exceed this limit under certain circumstances.
No monthly payments are required! No monthly payments are required! The principal and all interest (if applicable) shall be paid in full when the borrower(s):
The Home Improvement Loan Mortgage is recorded with Wayne County Records, producing a lien on the property. The lien will remain on the property until the Home Improvement Loan is paid, at which time the mortgage will be discharged.
Want to make one or more payments anyway? You certainly can! Payments must be $100 or more, excluding final payment, which must total the full balance owed. When you make payments on any loan that has an interest rate, those payments are applied directly to the principal balance which reduces the amount of interest you would owe. If you were able to make full payment within five years from the date of the loan, all interest would be forgiven.
If partial payment is made within five years from the date of the loan, the interest charged on the portion paid will be forgiven at the time of full repayment. But remember, only one payment is required!
You may apply for a loan once every 10 years. Should building, site, or mechanical code violations exist and be documented, an eligible resident may seek an additional loan.
In order to apply, the applicant is required to provide the items listed on page two of the application (PDF).These items are necessary in order to qualify the applicant for a loan and must be provided at the time of intake. All files will remain confidential. Please call 734-421-6450, ext. 104 to make an appointment and for additional information.
Please be advised that all rules and regulations governing Community Development Programs are subject to change without notice by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Livonia.
Interested homeowners should contact the Livonia Housing Commission Office of Community Development or call them at (734) 421-6450, ext. 104 to make an appointment and request an application.
For more information view the Program Brochure (PDF), and the Loan Application (PDF).
City of Livonia Residents who meet the following requirements:
All minor home repair improvements must remedy substandard conditions and/or eliminate a safety hazard. Please be advised that repairs are subject to our ability to retain qualified contractors.
The Housing Rehabilitation Specialist will review and prioritize the needed repairs. Licensed and insured contractor(s) will be contacted for quotes and the lowest responsible bid received will be awarded the contract. Please be advised that repairs are subject to our ability to retain qualified contractors.
Improvements are limited to freestanding, single family dwellings. In the case of condominiums, duplexes, and town homes, common areas of these units will be ineligible for repair. Repairs that are the legal responsibility of the owner-occupant may be completed. Rental units are ineligible for repair.
Repairs completed under the Minor Home Repair Grant Program are paid directly with Community Development Block Grant funds. Grant recipients are notified of the total repair costs. A minimal administrative fee will be collected upon determination of homeowners' program eligibility.
It is possible for qualified residents to apply for a Minor Home Repair grant once per program year (July 1 through June 30). After three years of consecutive repairs, the applicant may be determined ineligible for additional repairs. Additionally, depending upon the condition of the property and the scope of the repairs required, the applicant may be determined ineligible for this grant. In these cases, a referral to the Major Home Rehabilitation Loan program may be made.
Interested homeowners should contact the Livonia Housing Commission Office of Community Development or call them at 734-421-6450, ext. 104 to make an appointment and request an application.
For more information view the Program Brochure (PDF), and the Grant Application (PDF).
In order to apply, the applicant is required to provide the items listed on page three of the application (PDF).These items are necessary in order to qualify the applicant for the program and must be provided at the time of intake. All files will remain confidential. Please call 734-421-6450, ext. 104 to make an appointment and for additional information.
Wayne County Department of Environment has initiated a toll-free hotline, providing access to a wide variety of environmental services 7 days a week.
Please contact the Wayne County Department of Environment 24 Hour Hotline at 888-223-2363.
Currently, you can not apply for a permit online. However, you can download applications, checklists, guidebooks, and forms from our website.
Permit applications, plans, and a check would then have to be dropped off at the Inspection Department or into the Red Mailbox at City Hall. You can also mail to, Inspection Department, City Hall Annex, 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia, MI 48154.
The purpose of a plan is to assure the construction project is designed in compliance with the code. If there are issues of noncompliance, they may be addressed during the plan review process. This saves the applicant time and money as it is more economical to make revisions prior to the start of construction.
Construction documents may be submitted by the owner or the owner’s architect, engineer, contractor, or agent. The construction statutes or codes do not fix the responsibility for the submission of construction documents. However, the owner of the construction project has the responsibility to assure that it is done.
Generally, you need to obtain a building permit whenever you construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove, improve, convert, or demolish a building or other structure. A building could be anything from a tool shed to a house. A Building Permit may include building, grading, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits. If you have a question about permit requirements for your project, you can refer to our checklists and guidebooks, under Residential or Commercial Building Permits.
If you’re applying for a building permit you may be asked to produce a plot plan. While this can cause some confusion, a plot plan is really just the same thing as a site plan—it’s a two-dimensional, overhead view of a property with details like property lines, structures, easements, and landscapes.
The main two ways of securing Plot Plan are having Land Surveyor come out to draw one or getting one through an online resource. See, Working with a Surveyor and Working with an Online Plot Plan Provider.
Working with a Surveyor
You will need to contact a Land Surveyor. They will come out to your property and draw an up-to-date plot plan. They will also use resources such as county maps and property deeds to determine the boundaries of your property. You should work with an experienced and licensed surveyor. You can find surveyors locally by searching for land surveyors online.
Working with an Online Plot Plan Provider
Ordering a plot plan online is an option depending on how much detail you need. They will use a combination of satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other information that you provide to get you a PDF of an up-to-date, accurate plot plan.
However, this method might not be suitable if the permit for your project specifically asks for a land survey, so check the requirements.
Zoning Compliance is a permit that allows the inspection department to become aware of who is occupying a space, the type of business and information on whom to contact for emergencies or other city related business. It ensures that a business may legally operate in that particular zoning district.
A Zoning Compliance permit is required for moving, alteration or repairs of any building or structure. It is also required for change of use or type of occupancy of any building (non-residential).
This form may be obtained at the Inspection Department or online. The cost for a single Zoning Compliance is $108.00.
Building Permit Fees are determined by the total cost of construction and applying that value to a fee table. The value of the project is determined by the square footage being added and/or the International Code Council (ICC) valuation of building construction cost table.
You can refer to our "Building Permit Fee Schedule" located under "Documents" for Building Permit costs. Building permit Fees are the Building Fee + Plan Review Fee + Administration Fee = Total Cost of Permit.
Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing Permits are all based on per item as listed on the Permit Application.
Most permits can be obtained at the time of applying. Permits that are submitted with Plans for review have an average turnaround time of one (1) to two (2) weeks. This could vary do to season, scope and size of project.
You can schedule an inspection using the link from the Inspection Departments webpage “Request an Inspection” link. There is also an “Inspection Request Line” (734) 466-2802.
Both options you will be asked to provide the following information:
Permit Number*, Job Site Address*, Type of Inspection*, and Date of Inspection*. If any of the information is missing, this may result in your inspection not being scheduled.
Inspections that have been verified and requested before 4:00 pm will be scheduled for the next business day between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. (unless otherwise specified). Inspections may be done earlier or later depending on the inspector’s workload.
Fire suppression and fire alarm inspections will not be scheduled until a date and time have been confirmed with the contractor and Fire Marshall. Inspections will be performed Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
If you have any questions, please contact the Inspection Department at (734) 466-2580.
For all permits and fees, checks are made payable to the “City of Livonia”.
Review the Practical Guide to Hiring a Lawyer (PDF) for advice on hiring a lawyer.
Court forms are available through the 16th District Court.
The 16th District Court is located at:32765 Five Mile RoadLivonia, MI 48154Phone: 734-466-2500
Hours:Monday through Friday8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The court is closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
To report a crime, please contact the City of Livonia Police Department by calling 734-466-24770, if it is an emergency please dial 911.
The Law Department is located at:Livonia City Hall4th Floor33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act provides that a person, upon making a written request, has the right to inspect, copy, or receive copies of a public record of a public body.
A personal protection action involves seeking an order from a circuit court to protect you from:
The order can also prohibit a person from entering your premises and from removing minor children, unless the removal is part of court-ordered parenting time. The person filing the petition for personal protection is called the petitioner. The person to be restrained by the personal protection order is called the respondent. For detailed information on steps to take and necessary paperwork, please visit the Michigan Courts website.
To obtain information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), please fill out the Request Form (PDF) and submit it to the Law Department. If you are seeking police records, please submit the FOIA request directly to the Livonia Police Department.
After receiving the request, the appropriate public body has 5 business days to respond to the request. Please note that the public body may invoke a 10 business day extension.
While information requested is generally available, there is a monetary cost associated with locating, copying, processing, and/or mailing the requested material. Note, some information is not subject to disclosure. In the event that information requested is not provided to you, an explanation will be given which sets forth the reasons for the denial.
Generally, the cost for copying is $0.10 per page. For requests totaling $50 or above, we will contact you prior to processing to receive authorization. Additionally, a deposit of 50% is required for requests in excess of $50.
The Law Department:
The City Ordinances can be found on the Municiode Library website.
To report a barking dog, please call the following:
Depending on the ordinance violation, there are different types of reporting. If you are not sure who to contact, please call the City of Livonia at 734-466-220.
Some common examples and the appropriate offices to contact are as follows:
Please review the following regarding challenging a traffic ticket:
Monday - Friday 5 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Day After Labor Day - May 31)
Monday - Friday 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(June 1 - Labor Day)
15100 Hubbard, Livonia MI 48154.
To Report street lights out, call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747.
Aerosols Explosives Oven Cleaner
Ammunition Flammables Paint Thinner/Stripper
Antifreeze Furniture/Floor Polish Pesticide (Bug Killer)
Asbestos Gasoline Photographic Chemicals
Asphalt and Roofing Tar Glues Propane
Auto Fluids Herbicide (Weed Killer) Shoe Polish
Batteries Kerosene Smoke Detectors (Radioactive)
Bleach Lye Swimming Pool Chemicals
Brake Fluid Moth Balls Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Caulk Motor Oil Toner Cartridges
Chloride Mouse/Rat Poison Transmission Fluid
DDT Nail Polish/Remover Varnish
Drain Cleaner Old Medicine Wood Preservatives
To arrange for a special pickup, you will contact GFL directly www.gflusa.com (866) 772-8900.
There is a limit on how much trash can be disposed of weekly. The trash contractor may require a special pick-up of excess trash for a fee. Livonia residents may also use the City’s refuse disposal site for a small fee.
No construction materials will be collected at the curb. These items must be taken to the dump by the resident or a special pick-up is required.
Large Item Pick-Up
Household furnishings and appliances will be picked up routinely, without charge, by a separate truck on the regular collection day. Large item collection service does not need to be requested. There is a limit of two large items per week. These items should be set out the after 6 p.m. the evening before or by 6 a.m. on collection day. Doors must be taped shut or removed from refrigerators or freezers before they are placed at the curb.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF PROGRAM YEAR-ROUND
Livonia residents can drop off their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste) throughout the year at ERG Environmental Services (ERG), 13040 Merriman Road, located on the east side of the street, just north of Industrial Drive.
Residents can deliver their HHW and E-Waste items to ERG during the following times:
* Including the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve
Once the Saturday dates are set, residents wishing to drop off items will be asked to schedule an appointment with ERG at (734) 437-9650 to avoid traffic congestion on surface streets.
Residents delivering waste items will be asked to verify City of Livonia residency.
City of Livonia residents may drop off up to a maximum of 100 lbs. of HHW and E-Waste items, for example:
Drop off is free up to the 100-pound maximum. Residents will pay 75 cents per pound over 100 lbs.
For more information, please visit the ERG website at www.ERGEnvironmental.com or contact the City of Livonia Department of Public Works at (734) 466-2655.
Oil-based paints Stain
Used Needles – Must be in hard rigid containers
Mercury – Devices such as thermostats and thermometers that contain Mercury are 75 cents per pound.
A maximum of (8) eight bags of regular household waste is allowed per week.
Trash should be stored in a durable, vermin-proof, and water-proof container made of high-density plastic or metal with a tightly sealed lid must be utilized for outside trash storage and/or collection. Plastic bags alone will no longer be acceptable for food waste and/or any garbage (including animal feces) that may attract vermin, unless inside an approved, covered trash container. Animal waste or other bio-waste must be bagged prior to placement in an approved container.
Collection hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Collection is not considered skipped until after 7:00 p.m. of your collection day. At that time, you are welcome to call or email the Sanitation Department to report such events. Sanitation & Ordinance (734) 466-2588 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following legal holidays are the only holidays that affect trash collections.:
• New Year’s Day
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas Day
• If the holiday occurs on a weekday, collection will be one day late.
• If the holiday occurs on a weekend, collection will remain on regular schedule.
• Loads are light on holiday weeks - trucks run early
Orange recycle bins can be picked up at the Sanitation & Ordinance Department at City Hall. Orange recycle bins are free, you are allowed (2) two per residence. There is a form to fill out at pickup. If your tired of hauling (1) one or (2) two orange recycle bins to the curb, a 64 gallon recycle cart (with a lid and wheels) are available at gflusa.com for $75.00
Curbside recycling guidelines:
Plastic bagsClean garden plastics
Plastic bagsFoam containers or products (Styrofoam)
Window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware
Organic material and food waste
Electronic waste (batteries, cell phones, computers, stamps, spiral bindings, and metal etc.) Paint, pesticides, oil & cleaners
Needles or syringes
Foam containers or products (Styrofoam)
Flatten cardboard boxes Wire hangers
Empty and rinse containers Window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware
Leave caps on plastic bottles Organic material and food waste
Ok to leave staples, clips, labels Electronic waste (batteries, cell phones, computers, etc.) Paint, pesticides, oil & cleaners
Needles or syringes
Snow Emergency information:
Information on snow events and the declaration of snow emergencies which require the removal of ALL vehicles parked in the street can be found at:
Remove all vehicles from the street during a snow emergency.
Vehicles not removed may be ticketed and/or towed.
• When snow falls or drifts during the night, it must be removed from the public sidewalk by twelve noon.
• Snow falling or drifting during the day must be removed from the public sidewalk by twelve noon of the following day.
• City Ordinance prohibits plowing/shoveling/blowing snow onto any roads.
• Snow piled by the roadway must not obstruct the view of traffic.
• Do not deposit snow onto a neighbors’ property.
• Ice on the sidewalk should be removed or treated with sand, chemical ice melter, or de-icer.
• Your cooperation is necessary to keep the sidewalk safe for pedestrians.
• Inspectors will take the steps necessary to obtain compliance up to and including issuing a ticket if needed.
• Use caution when shoveling snow, it is a strenuous chore.
• Before shoveling, warm up with a few stretching exercises.
• Don’t smoke or eat a large meal before shoveling.
• Dress warmly in layers, wear a hat and cover your neck.
• Tackle heavy snow in two stages. Begin by skimming off the snow from the top, and then remove the bottom layer. Avoid overloading the shovel.
• Don’t rush, shovel with a slow and steady pace. Take frequent breaks, stretch and drink some water during breaks. Cold air dehydrates the body.
A party who sues another party is called the Plaintiff. The party being sued is called the Defendant. There can be more than one plaintiff or defendant in the same action. An example would be when a husband and wife sue another husband and wife.
The following has been prepared to help you determine if you are the proper person to file the claim:
You can collect the amount stated in your small claims judgment (form DC 85) plus any interest that accumulates during the time the other party pays off the judgment.
There are several ways you can collect your money such as:
Request an order to seize property is a court procedure allowing the court officer to seize property belonging to the defendant which can be sold to pay for your judgment. If you want to file a request and order to seize property, you may use form MC 19, Request and Order to Seize Property.
Garnishment is a court procedure allowing you to collect your judgment directly from the defendant's wages, bank account, or other sources such as income tax refunds. If you want to file a garnishment, see the court clerk for the proper forms. Instructions are included with the forms.
To get a request and order to seize property or a garnishment, you will first need to know where the defendant lives and works, what assets s/he has and where the assets are located, and any other information which identifies the defendant and his/her property. If you have the information described, you can start the process for a request and order to seize property or a garnishment. If you don't have the information described, you will need to order the defendant to appear in court for questioning through a process called discovery. You can start this process by filing a discovery subpoena.
You must wait 21 days after your small claims judgment was signed before you can file a discovery subpoena. Form MC 11, Subpoena (Order to Appear) can be used. Contact the court for an appearance date before putting the date and location on the form. Complete both the front of the Subpoena and the Affidavit for Judgment Debtor Examination on the back. The filing fee is $15. The court will issue the Subpoena by having the Judge sign it. Once the Subpoena is signed it must be served on the defendant, by the process server or any legally competent adult who is not a party or an officer of a corporate party.
You must wait 21 days after your small claims judgment was signed before you can get a request and order to seize property. Form MC 19, Request and Order to Seize Property, is used to start the process. Complete the Request and Verification portion of form MC 19 and file it with the court. The filing fee is $15. The court will issue the order by signing the form, and it will be executed by the sheriff or court officer. Any property that is seized will be sold and the money given to you. The sheriff or court officer is entitled to fees which will be deducted from the sale of the property.
You must wait 21 days after your small claims judgment was signed before you can get a garnishment. Form MC 12 or MC 13, Request and Writ of Garnishment, is used to start the garnishment process. There are two types of garnishment: periodic and non-periodic.
A periodic writ of garnishment (MC 12) is used to garnish the defendant's wages, rent payments, land contract payments, or other debt which is paid to the defendant on a periodic basis. A periodic garnishment is valid for until the judgment, interest, and costs are paid off.
A non-periodic writ of garnishment (MC 13) is used to garnish the defendant's bank account or other property. Once money has been garnished under the non-periodic writ, the writ is no longer valid. If there is a remaining balance on the judgment, you must get another writ to collect more money.
Fill in the names and addresses of both the defendant and the garnishee on the Request part of the form. The garnishee is the person or business who has control or possession of the defendant's money. Once you complete the Request, you must file it with the district court that entered your small claims judgment. The filing fee is $15. The court will issue the Writ (order) by signing the form. The Request and Writ must be served on the garnishee along with the Disclosure form MC 14. If the garnishment is for periodic payments, include a $35 disclosure fee with the forms.
The garnishee has 14 days after the Writ is served to let you, the court, and the defendant know if any money is available for garnishment. This information will be provided on form MC 14, Garnishee Disclosure. If you are trying to garnish wages, you will only received part of the wages based on a federal formula.
If money is available, it will be withheld from the defendant right away. However, this money will be held for 28 days to allow the defendant time for objections. If there are no objections, the withheld money will be automatically sent to you after 28 days. If the garnishment is for periodic payments, the money will continue to be sent to you as payments become due to the defendant until the writ expires.
If your case against the defendant involved a traffic accident, you can ask the court for an abstract of judgment which suspends the defendant's Michigan driver license until s/he pays the judgment. You must wait 40 days after the judgment date before you can get an abstract of judgment. You need to provide the defendant's full name, date of birth, and Michigan driver license number. There is no filing fee. The court clerk should have the necessary forms. When payment or judgment is complete, either in full or to your satisfaction, you should file a satisfaction of judgment with the court.
All forms are a $1 each.
Do you know where the rainwater that falls on your house and lawn goes when it leaves your property? If you live in Livonia, it goes to one of the branches of the River that flows through the City. Livonia collects stormwater and sanitary wastewater in different sewers, called separated sewers. Separate storm sewers collect rainwater that falls on our homes, yards, businesses, and streets, and transports it to a nearby river. So, although you may not live adjacent to the Rouge River, the rainwater that falls on your house, driveway, and yard ends up in the Rouge.
You can call the Wayne County Department of Environment 24 Hour Hotline at 888-223-2363.
Summer Taxes are billed on July 1 and due by September 14. If September 14 falls on a weekend or holiday, the tax due date is the next business day.
The following material is reproduced from the pamphlet Courtroom Visits-A Guide for Teachers and Court Officials, produced by the State Bar of Michigan:
Courtroom Visits-A Guide for Teachers and Court Officials
This brochure contains suggestions for those organizing educational courtroom visits for students-an activity that often brings young people a better understanding of the role of courts in our society. Teachers, judges, and court clerks in particular will find these suggestions helpful in arranging and conducting these important educational experiences for maximum effectiveness.
Learn more information on our Before You Visit page.
If the amount of a contaminant exceeds a predetermined safe level in your drinking water, the City of Livonia Department of Public Works will notify the public via newspapers, radio, TV, and other means as soon as possible with instructions and appropriate steps to take.
Some people use home water filters to improve the taste, smell or appearance of their tap water, but it does not necessarily make the water safer or healthier to drink. Additionally, all home treatment devices require regular maintenance. If the maintenance is not performed properly, water quality problems may result.
When the water in the lines is agitated (for example from a large water main flush, road work, or hydrant use) this can stir up sediment (primarily iron) from the bottom of the water lines. In the course of normal maintenance, the hydrant flushing and water gate exercising can stir up this sediment.
If your tap water does appear reddish or rusty in color, it is recommended not to use your water for one hour, and then run the cold water at the lowest point in the house for several minutes. If water is still not clear, wait for another half hour then run the water for several minutes again. Repeat waiting for a half hour then run water for several minutes until water runs clear.
The water is still potable but the discoloration may affect the washing of clothes.
The cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the gas bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and are gone. This not a problem of purity or quality and may be safely consumed.
City delivered tap water must meet all federal and state drinking water standards and is routinely monitored. Studies have shown that microbes may grow in the bottle while on grocers’ shelves. Bottled water is valuable in emergencies or if you want water with a different taste, but it costs up to 1,000 times more than tap water.
Contact Public Service at (734) 466-2650 during regular business hours or call Livonia Police non-emergency after hours at (734) 466-2470.
See our Sewer Backups page.
The City is responsible for maintaining the water main trunk, the stop box (which is the on/off control at the property line), and the actual meter. All other hardware, connections, and costs to other items are the sole responsibility of the home owner. These items include, but are not limited to the service line and valves both before and after the meter.
The City is responsible for maintaining the main sanitary line. The individual sewer lead as well as the connection to the main line are the sole responsibility of the home owner.
The water quality report gives information about where Livonia water comes from, how it is treated and what you can expect. It also talks about the Water and Sewer Board, their meetings and how you can attend.
View the water quality report (PDF) online or obtain a copy from the water billing department located at:City Hall, 2nd Floor33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
Unfortunately this is not possible due to the fact that the City of Livonia is charged sewage fees by our supplier, Wayne County, for all water units consumed. This is regardless of whether or not they go through the sewer system.
Pools may be filled with a hose from the regular outdoor house tap, following guidelines about water use restrictions during hot days. There is no separate water fee or water without a sewage charge available. We do not offer hydrant usage for pool filling.
Several factors can impact the amount of water that goes through your meter. Learn about these factors and what you can do to resolve them by viewing the High Bills document.
There is a stop box key you can borrow from the Water Department, located at:City Hall, 2nd Floor33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
It requires a $50 deposit that is returned when you return the key on the same day. If brought back on another day it will require us to generate a refund request and will take 2 to 3 weeks to receive your refund check. The stop box and meter will require an inspection by our Service Department after key is returned.
Turn-on/off fees are $26 each if the Service Department has to come out to turn-on/off your water.
After hours, for the Service Department to come out to turn-on/off water, it is considered an emergency. The fee is $171 each time.
If your bill is late according to the billing schedule, your bill may be lost in the mail. Call (734) 466-2278 to find out your balance and due date (we can also mail you a copy of the bill).
Failure to receive your bill does not waive penalty. Unpaid bills are a lien on the property and are collectible on tax roll in accordance with City ordinances.
Readers need to be inspected to:
Appointments are scheduled through the Public Service office by calling at (734) 466-2650. Appointments are available Monday through Friday and are scheduled either as morning or afternoon appointments. Our representative will arrive either between 8:30 a.m. to noon or between 12:30 - 3 p.m. You may request morning or afternoon and you may also request to be the first appointment of the morning or afternoon.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to pay for repairs of the water service line between your home and the City water main. Problems or repair needs with a service line are very unusual. The City of Livonia does not endorse the purchase of any insurance, protection or warranty for the water service line. Residents should use "buyer beware" common sense in determining the legitimacy of any insurance offer solicited by a private company.
For further questions, please contact Livonia Public Service at (734) 466-2655.
To determine how many gallons of water your pool holds, you need to know four different numbers: the length, width, and average depth of your pool, and a multiplier determined by the shape of your pool. The formula is as follows:
Length × Width × Average Depth × Multiplier = Gallons
For how much it will cost to fill the pool using 2016 Livonia residential water rates, take the number of gallons you calculated and divide by 750 (which is the number of gallons per unit of water), then multiply that number by $4.43 (which is the residential price per unit).
For a 12 feet x 24 feet x 52 inches, oval pool:
The pool would cost about $45.19 to fill.
For a tour of your water bill, please view the Understanding your Water Bill (PDF).
You can contact the Service Department at (734) 466-2655 for any repair needs you have.
You may have a malfunctioning meter. A malfunctioning meter only slows down and eventually stops; it never speeds up or increases your reads.
If we cannot obtain a read either from you or the meter readers or if you have a stopped meter, our system automatically generates an estimate for your bill based on past usage charges.
You can call (734) 466-2278 for help to address this issue.
Several previous reads being estimated high resulted in a credit on your account.
This means you overpaid your last water bill and now have a credit on your account. You do not owe the city any money for the current billing cycle.
We need access to the meter inside the home. If you get a blue card, you need to make an appointment to either meet our representative or arrange access to your home.
We attempt to read each meter every cycle. Your bill is estimated if we have not obtained a reading.
If you do not have an outside reading device, your estimates may be due to:
If you would like to install an outside reading device, there is no charge at this time for the device and installation. However, based on City Ordinance 13.08.120, if you have more than four consecutive estimates on your account or we are unable to obtain a read from your meter, we hold the right to automatically install an outside reading device. View the City Ordinance (PDF).
View the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP). If you would like to request extra time to pay without additional penalties, please submit the water and sewer board form.
A fixed fee reflects the cost of bringing water to your house, before you turn on the faucet. A fixed fee is charged to cover system costs that occur whether a customer buys one gallon or 1,000 gallons of water. Examples of fixed costs include debt service payments and investments in infrastructure (water and sewer pipes, valves, etc).
The fee is based upon the size of the meter. A larger meter increases the ability to make larger demands on the system, and therefore, costs more.
Sources of fixed fees include:
These fees are pass-through charges.
Commodity charges are per unit consumption charges based on meter readings. These charges apply to all meters.
Commodity charges per billing unit (750 gallons) have increased from $5.15 in 2018 to $5.19 in 2019.
Large user charges are per unit charges assessed on water meters 1.5 inches and larger. Large meters have the ability to put more stress/demand on the system. Large user charges are designed to spread the system cost more equitably.
Large user charges per billing unit (750 gallons) are $2.66, in addition to commodity charges.
It is less costly to maintain water and sewer pipes than to replace them. Much of the underground water and sewer system in Livonia is very old.
A car is a good example. An oil change is less costly than a new engine.
The ability to change meter size depends on the plumbing within a structure. You will need to have your situation assessed by a plumber to see if the desired change is possible.
View the 2019/2020 comparison (PDF) of small, medium, and high usage for Small Users with 5/8 to 1 Inch Water Meters.
As of January 1, 2016, the Michigan Minimum Hourly Wage is as follows:
Work permit forms are available at the middle schools, high schools, and the Career Center. To check on Work Permit office hours, please call:
For specific work permit questions, please call the Career Center at 734-744-2816.