City of Ionia

Code Enforcement/Rentals

You may also view the Codified Ordinances of the City of Ionia.

Officer Brian Vos

Brian VosOfficer Vos is the Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Ionia. You can contact him by phone at (616) 523-0157.


Causes of Blight; Prohibitions. The following uses, structures and activities are causes of blight which, if permitted to exist, will result in undesirable neighborhoods. No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained any of these causes of blight upon any property in the City, owned, leased, rented or occupied by such person:

Trailers, contractors equipment, boat hulls. The storage in the open of trailers in disrepair, contractor’s equipment in disrepair or boat hulls in disrepair. For the purpose of this section, the term “trailers in disrepair, contractor’s equipment in disrepair or boat hulls in disrepair” shall mean such trailers, equipment or boats as are inoperable or partially dismantled. “Inoperable” means incapable of being operated or propelled under its own power by reason of dismantling, disrepair or other cause. “Partially dismantled” means a part which is ordinarily a component has been removed or is missing.

Building materials. The storage in the open of building materials, unless there is a valid building permit issued for construction upon said property, and the storage of materials are intended for use in connection with such construction. “Building materials” shall include, lumber, bricks, concrete blocks, plumbing materials, electrical wiring or equipment, heating ducts or equipment, shingles, mortar, concrete or cement, nails, screws or any other materials used in constructing any structures.

Storage of accumulation of junk, trash, rubbish or refuse unless temporarily stored for removal. The term “junk” shall include parts of machinery or motor vehicles, household appliances stored in the open, remnants of wood, metal or any other material or other cast-off material of any kind whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use.

Any structure or part of any structure which, because of fire, wind or other natural disaster, or physical deterioration, is no longer habitable, if a dwelling, or useful for any other purpose for which it may have been intended.

The existence of any vacant dwelling or garage or other outbuilding, unless such buildings are kept securely locked, with windows kept glazed or neatly boarded up, and are otherwise protected to prevent entrance thereto by vandals.

Any partially completed structure, unless such structure is in the course of construction in accordance with a valid building permit.

The accumulation of dirt, litter or debris on the property.

Broken or discarded furniture, household equipment and furnishings, tires, or shopping carts stored on the property.

Vehicle parts, or other articles of personal property which are abandoned or left in a state of partial construction or repair for an unreasonable period of time.

Inoperable, unlicensed or unregistered vehicles.

Refrigerators, freezers, or similar equipment providing enclosed spaces. An abandoned, unattended or discarded refrigerator, freezer, airtight container, tank with an open access hole and any other property which substantially encloses a space if placed anywhere outdoors in a manner which could result in injury or death.

Rental Registration and Residential Rental Unit Inspections

Rental Unit InspectionsIf you own residential rental property in the City, it must be registered with the City. The purpose of the rental inspection program is to ensure the safety of the tenants and maintain the quality of our neighborhoods.

City Code requires that all residential rental units in the City (regardless of single family or multiple families) be registered with the City and periodically inspected to ensure compliance with minimum maintenance standards. If you own a rental unit that has not been registered with the City or inspected, contact Officer Vos at the Ionia Public Safety Department at (616) 523-0517 to register your units and schedule the inspection.

Download a Rental Inspection Checklist and complete a Rental Registration Application online using the links below.

Garage Sale Signs

As you plan your garage or yard sale this summer, remember that City Code regulates signage. The following standards apply to the signs that are placed to advertise the sale. Signs placed that do not comply with the following standards may be removed by City staff without notice.

The following standards apply to the signs placed at the location where the sale is being held.

  • One sign per premise is permitted, located on the premises on which the sale is being conducted.
  • The sign shall not exceed 6 square feet in area and 3 feet in height.
  • The sign shall not be erected more than 3 days prior to the day(s) of the sale and shall be removed within 1 day after the completion of the sale.
In addition to the on-premise sign permitted above, off-premise signs are permitted subject to the following restrictions:
  • No more than two off-premise signs are allowed for each such sale.
  • Each sign shall be no larger than 4 square feet and 3 feet in height.
  • Each sign shall only be placed in the street right-of-way and shall not block the vision of or create a hazard for drivers or those individuals on foot or bicycle.
  • Each off-premise sign shall contain the date and address of the sale.
  • Each sign may be placed no sooner than 2 hours prior to the opening of the first day of the sale and must be removed within 2 hours after close of the last day of the sale.
  • Signs shall not be attached to light poles, utility poles, trees, or other similar structures located in the street right-of-way.

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Ionia, Michigan 48846
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