Neighborhood & Economic Operations
Inspections of rental properties and businesses resumed on July 6 by the Neighborhood and Economic Operations Department. Inspectors are wearing masks and gloves during all inspections and utilizing social distancing when possible.
NOORP Deadline Extended
The City of Jackson is extending the deadline for property owners to register their housing rentals. At their meeting on Tuesday, May 26, the Jackson City Council approved an extension of the Non-Owner Occupied Residential Property (NOORP) deadline from July 1, 2020 to Sept. 11, 2020 for the 2020-2022 registration cycle.
According to the Jackson Code of Ordinances, owners of housing rental properties must register their properties with the City’s Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations every two years. Late charges are applied if property owners fail to register by the annual July 1 deadline.
Jackson City Hall has been closed to the public since mid-March due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 Executive Orders. Because of the closure, property owners have not been permitted to enter City Hall to file their NOORP registrations. City staff have also not been able to mail reminder notices due to the closure.
The deadline extension to Friday, Sept. 11 allows property owners more time to register their properties and avoid late charges, along with giving City staff more time to mail reminder notices and process registration applications. The extension is only in effect for the 2020-2022 registration cycle. New home purchases intended to be used for something other than the primary residence of the buyer still need to be registered within the 45 day window.
The full NOORP resolution (PDF) is available to view on this web page.
Changes to Blight Ordinance Violations
The City of Jackson has modified its Code of Ordinances so residents can avoid fees if they quickly respond to blight violations. The Jackson City Council approved a resolution on May 26 that alters sections of the Code of Ordinances that prohibits the trash being left out on property, or parking an inoperable vehicle for more than seven days.
Previously, property owners were notified of the violations and fined $50 for a first offense, and $120 for a second offense. The changes now allow property owners to avoid the first $50 fine if the blight violations are addressed within 14 days of receiving written notice from the City.
If the blight violation still exists after 14 days, the property owner will be fined $120.00. In addition, the City may take further action against the property owner including paying to have the blight removed or starting a case in the City’s Administrative Hearings Bureau.
The purpose of the changes is to give an incentive for the violation to be resolved in a timelier manner and provide an opportunity for property owners to completely avoid paying any fees. It’s also intended to provide relief to property owners feeling the financial strains of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes only remain in effect until Sept. 11, 2020 or if the City Council chooses to extend it.
The full blight ordinance resolutions (PDF) is available to view on this page.
About the Department
The Department of Community Development changed its name to the "Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations" to better reflect the variety of services the department provides to the City of Jackson.
The Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations is responsible for providing all the services necessary when acquiring, repairing, building, or improving residential and commercial properties throughout the City of Jackson. From zoning issues and tax credits to property inspections and designating historic sites, the Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations works to assure anyone interested in bettering the city has every opportunity to do so.
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