About the Code
Effective August 12, 2014
The chapters and sections of the Charter Township of Waterford Code of Ordinances have been adopted in order to protect and preserve the peace, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township. On August 11, 2014, the Township Board adopted a reformatted version of the Code to provide a more efficient and effective means of providing the Code to Waterford citizens.
The Clerk’s Office provides you 2 ways to search and review the Township Ordinances, the complete Code of Ordinances in 1 document along with a separate page guide and also each chapter of the Code of Ordinances presented in a separate document for quick access.
The following documents provide you with the complete Township Code of Ordinances as well as a page guide providing the page locations of the articles and divisions of each code chapter. Also provided for reference is a link to the previous Code of Ordinances.
Chapter 1: General Provisions
Chapter 1 (PDF)
provides the general definitions applicable throughout all chapters of the Code as well as provisions for implementation of, amendment of, and supplementation to, the Code.
Chapter 2: Administration
The focus of Chapter 2 (PDF)
of the Code is establishing a civil service process for police and fire (Pages 2-1 and 2-2), fair conditions of employment for administrative and managerial employees (Pages 2-2 through 2-4), and to establish a retirement system for the Township (Pages 2-4 through 2-29).
Chapter 3 (PDF)
Chapter 3: Animals
of the Code provides specific regulations governing the raising and keeping of animals in the Township. In particular, there are regulations regarding nuisance dogs (Page 3-1) and the prohibition of pit bull terriers and exotic animals (Pages 3-4 through 3-8).
Chapter 3: Appendices A, B, and C
The standards of the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers can be viewed in Chapter 3 - Appendices A, B and C (PDF)
Chapter 4 (PDF)
adopts by reference the state construction code (Pages 4-4 through 4-6). This chapter also adopts by reference the International Property Maintenance Code as the Township’s existing structures code, along with adopting additions and amendments providing additional health and safety measures to Township residents (Pages 4-8 through 4-12). Chapter 4 also establishes the procedures for addressing dangerous buildings (Pages 4-13 through 4-16) and the requirements for rental housing certification (Pages 4-16 through 4-20).
Chapter 5: Cable Television/Video Service
The focus of Chapter 5 (PDF)
of the Code is to provide fair regulation of cable television service in the Township.
Chapter 6: Emergency Preparedness
Chapter 6 (PDF)
establishes the administrative framework to ensure the complete and efficient utilization of all Township resources during periods of emergency and disaster.
Chapter 7: Fire Prevention & Protection
Chapter 7 (PDF)
adopts by reference the International Fire Code, along with adopting additions and amendments providing additional health and safety measures to Township residents. Regulations pertaining to use and sales of fireworks can be found on the following referenced pages (Pages 7-9 and 7-10).
Chapter 8 (PDF)
Chapter 8: Environmental Protection
establishes regulations for the management of floodplains with the Township.
Chapter 9: Health & Sanitation
The focus of Chapter 9 (PDF)
of the Code is establishing regulatory controls for particular situations that, if left uncontrolled, shall negatively impact the health and sanitary conditions of Township residents. This chapter includes regulations for the safe disposal of abandoned refrigerators (Pages 9-1 and 9-2), for weed control (Pages 9-2 through 9-5), for rodent control (Pages 9-7 and 9-8), and for hazardous/toxic substance cleanup (Pages 9-4 through 9-6).
Chapter 10: Business Regulations, Licensing & Registration
Chapter 10 (PDF)
establishes regulations and licensing requirements for specific types of businesses looking to conduct commercial operations within the Township.
Medical Marihuana Facility License Ordinance
Medical Marihuana Facility License Amendment