Charter Township of Oakland, MI
Oakland County
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Sec. 1-1 Designation and citation of Code.

The ordinances embraced in this and the following chapters shall constitute and be designated the "Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan," and may be so cited. Such ordinances may also be cited as the "Charter Township of Oakland Code."

Sec. 1-2 Definitions and rules of construction.

The following definitions and rules of construction shall apply to this Code and all ordinances and resolutions unless the context requires otherwise:
GENERALLY
When provisions conflict, the specific shall prevail over the general. All provisions shall be liberally construed so that the intent of the Township board may be effectuated. Words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words, technical phrases and words and phrases that have acquired peculiar and appropriate meanings in law shall be construed according to such meanings.
CIVIL INFRACTION
The term "civil infraction" shall mean an act or omission prohibited by law which is not a crime and for which civil sanctions may be ordered.
CODE
The term "Code" shall mean the Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan, as designated in section 1-1.
COMPUTATION OF TIME
In computing a period of days, the first day shall be excluded and the last day shall be included. If the last day of any period or a fixed or final day is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the period or day shall be extended to include the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
CONJUNCTIONS
In a provision involving two or more items, conditions, provisions or events, which items, conditions, provisions or events are connected by the conjunction "and," "or" or "either . . . or," the conjunction shall be interpreted as follows:
(1) 
The term "and" indicates that all the connected terms, conditions, provisions or events apply.
(2) 
The term "or" indicates that the connected terms, conditions, provisions or events apply singly or in any combination.
(3) 
The term "either . . . or" indicates that the connected terms, conditions, provisions or events apply singly but not in combination.
COUNTY
The term "county" shall mean Oakland County, Michigan.
CRIME
The term "crime" shall mean an act or omission forbidden by law that is not designated as a civil infraction and is punishable, upon conviction, by any one or more of the following:
(1) 
Imprisonment.
(2) 
Fine not designated as a civil fine.
(3) 
Other penal discipline.
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY
A provision that authorizes or requires a Township officer or Township employee to perform an act or make a decision authorizes such officer or employee to act or make a decision through subordinates.
GENDER
Terms of one gender shall include the other genders.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The terms "health department" and "department of public health" shall mean the county health department.
HEALTH OFFICER
The term "health officer" shall mean the director of the county health department.
HIGHWAY
The term "highway" shall include any street, alley, highway, avenue, public place or square, bridge, viaduct, tunnel, underpass, overpass or causeway which is dedicated or devoted to public use.
INCLUDES, INCLUDING
The terms "includes" and "including" are terms of enlargement and not of limitation or exclusive enumeration, and the use of such terms does not create a presumption that components not expressed are excluded.
JOINT AUTHORITY
A grant of authority to three or more persons as a public body confers the authority on a majority of the number of members as fixed by statute or ordinance.
MAY
The term "may" shall be construed as being permissive and not mandatory.
MAY NOT
The term "may not" shall state a prohibition.
MCL
The abbreviation "MCL" means the Michigan Compiled Laws, as amended.
MONTH
The term "month" shall mean a calendar month.
MUST
The term "must" shall be construed as being mandatory.
NUMBER
The singular number shall include the plural and the plural number shall include the singular.
OATH, AFFIRMATION, SWORN, AFFIRMED
The term "oath" shall include an affirmation in all cases where an affirmation may be substituted for an oath. In similar cases, the term "sworn" shall include the term "affirmed."
OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS OR EMPLOYEES
References to officers, departments, boards, commissions or employees shall be to Township officers, Township departments, Township boards, Township commissions and Township employees.
OWNER
The term "owner," as applied to property, shall include any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant or tenant by the entirety of the whole or part of such property. With respect to special assessments, however, the owner shall be considered to be the person whose name appears on the assessment roll for the purpose of giving notice and billing.
PERSON
The term "person" shall mean any individual, partnership, corporation, association, club, joint venture, estate, trust, limited liability company, governmental unit and any other group or combination acting as a unit, and the individuals constituting such group or unit.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
The term "personal property" shall mean any property other than real property.
PRECEDING, FOLLOWING
The terms "preceding" and "following" shall mean next before and next after, respectively.
PREMISES
The term "premises," as applied to real property, shall include land and structures.
PROPERTY
The term "property" shall mean real and personal property.
PUBLIC ACTS
References to public acts are references to the Public Acts of Michigan. (For example, a reference to Public Act No. 279 of 1909 is a reference to Act No. 279 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1909.) Any reference to a public act, whether by act number or by short title, shall be a reference to the act, as amended.
REAL PROPERTY, REAL ESTATE AND LAND
The terms "real property," "real estate" and "land" shall include lands, tenements and hereditaments.
ROADWAY
The term "roadway" shall mean the portion of a street which is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic.
SHALL
The term "shall" shall be construed as being mandatory.
SIDEWALK
The term "sidewalk" shall mean any portion of the street between the curb, or the lateral line of the roadway, and the adjacent property line, intended for the use of pedestrians.
SIGNATURE AND SUBSCRIPTION
The terms "signature" and "subscription" shall include a mark when the person cannot write.
STATE
The term "state" shall mean the State of Michigan.
STREET
The term "street" shall mean any street, alley, highway, avenue, or public place or square, bridge, viaduct, tunnel, underpass, overpass or causeway which is dedicated or devoted to public use.
SUPERVISOR OR TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
The term "supervisor" or "Township supervisor" shall mean the duly elected supervisor of the Charter Township of Oakland, except where the reference to the supervisor shall be substituted with "superintendent" as provided in Ordinance No. 97 and section 10 of the Charter Township Act, Act 359 of the Public Acts of 1947 (MCL 42.10).
SWEAR
The term "swear" shall include affirm.
TENSES
The present tense shall include the past and future tenses. The future tense shall include the present tense.
TOWNSHIP
The term "Township" shall mean the Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan.
TOWNSHIP BOARD, TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES, BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND BOARD
The terms "Township board," "Township board of trustees," "board of trustees" and "board" shall mean the governing body of the Charter Township of Oakland.
WEEK
The term "week" shall mean seven consecutive days.
WRITTEN
The term "written" shall include any representation of words, letters, symbols or figures.
YEAR
The term "year" shall mean 12 consecutive months.

Sec. 1-3 Catchlines of sections; history notes; references.

(a) 
The catchlines of the several sections of this Code, printed in boldface type, are intended as mere catchwords to indicate the contents of the section and are not titles of such sections, or of any part of such sections, nor, unless expressly so provided, shall they be so deemed when any such sections, including the catchlines, are amended or reenacted.
(b) 
The history or source notes appearing in parentheses after sections in this Code have no legal effect and only indicate legislative history. Charter references, cross references and state law references that appear in this Code after sections or subsections, or that otherwise appear in footnote form, are provided for the convenience of the user of the Code and have no legal effect.
(c) 
Unless specified otherwise in this Code, all references to chapters or sections are to chapters or sections of this Code.

Sec. 1-4 Effect of repeal of ordinances.

(a) 
Unless specifically provided otherwise in this Code, the repeal of a repealing ordinance shall not revive the ordinance originally repealed, nor impair the effect of any saving provision in it.
(b) 
The repeal or amendment of an ordinance shall not affect any punishment or penalty incurred before the repeal took effect, nor shall such repeal or amendment affect any rights, privileges, suit, prosecution or proceeding pending at the time of the amendment or repeal.

Sec. 1-5 Provisions deemed continuation of existing ordinances.

The provisions of this Code, insofar as they are substantially the same as legislation previously adopted by the Township relating to the same subject matter, shall be construed as restatements and continuations thereof and not as new enactments.

Sec. 1-6 Certain ordinances not affected by Code.

(a) 
Nothing in this Code, or the ordinance adopting this Code, affects the validity of any ordinance, or portion of any ordinance:
(1) 
Annexing property into the Township or describing the corporate limits.
(2) 
Deannexing property or excluding property from the Township.
(3) 
Promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance of bonds or other instruments of indebtedness.
(4) 
Authorizing or approving any contract, deed or agreement.
(5) 
Granting any right or franchise.
(6) 
Making or approving any appropriation or budget.
(7) 
Providing for the duties of Township officers or employees not codified in this Code.
(8) 
Providing for salaries or other employee benefits.
(9) 
Adopting or amending a Comprehensive Plan.
(10) 
Levying or imposing any special assessment.
(11) 
Dedicating, establishing, naming, locating, relocating, opening, paving, widening, repairing or vacating any street, sidewalk or alley.
(12) 
Establishing the grade of any street or sidewalk.
(13) 
Dedicating, accepting or vacating any plat or subdivision.
(14) 
Not codified in this Code which levies, imposes or otherwise relates to taxes, exemptions from taxes and fees in lieu of taxes.
(15) 
Pertaining to engineering design standards.
(16) 
Pertaining to rezoning.
(17) 
That is temporary, although general in effect.
(18) 
That is special, although permanent in effect.
(19) 
The purpose of which has been accomplished.
(b) 
The ordinances, or portions of ordinances, designated in subsection (a) of this section continue in full force and effect to the same extent as if published at length in this Code.

Sec. 1-7 Code does not affect prior offenses, rights, etc.

(a) 
Nothing in this Code, or the ordinance adopting this Code, shall affect any offense or act committed or done, any penalty or forfeiture incurred or any contract or right established before the effective date of this Code.
(b) 
The adoption of this Code shall not authorize any use, or the continuation of any use, of a structure or premises which was in violation of any Township ordinance on the effective date of this Code.

Sec. 1-8 Severability.

If any provision of this Code or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid or unconstitutional, the invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Code that can be given effect without the invalid or unconstitutional provision or application, and to such end, the provisions of this Code shall be severable. If any provision of this Code or its application to any person or circumstance is held to be over broad, that provision or application will nevertheless be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Sec. 1-9 Amendments to Code; effect of new ordinances; amendatory language.

(a) 
All ordinances adopted subsequent to this Code which amend, repeal or in any way affect this Code may be numbered in accordance with the numbering system of the Code and printed for inclusion in the Code. Portions of this Code repealed by subsequent ordinances may be excluded from this Code by omission from reprinted pages affected thereby.
(b) 
Amendments to provisions of this Code may be made with the following language: "Section (chapter, article, division or subdivision, as appropriate) __________ of the Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan, is amended to read as follows: . . . ."
(c) 
If a new section, subdivision, division, article or chapter is to be added to the Code, the following language may be used: "Section (chapter, article, division or subdivision, as appropriate) __________ of the Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan, is created to read as follows: . . . ."
(d) 
All provisions desired to be repealed shall be repealed specifically by section, subdivision, division, article or chapter number, as appropriate, or by setting out the repealed provisions in full in the repealing ordinance.

Sec. 1-10 Supplementation of Code.

(a) 
Supplements to this Code shall be prepared and printed whenever authorized or directed by the Township. A supplement to this Code shall include all substantive permanent and general parts of ordinances adopted during the period covered by the supplement and all changes made thereby in the Code. The pages of the supplement shall be so numbered that they will fit properly into the Code and will, where necessary, replace pages that have become obsolete or partially obsolete. The new pages shall be prepared so that when they have been inserted, the Code will be current through the date of the adoption of the latest ordinance included in the supplement.
(b) 
In preparing a supplement to this Code, all portions of the Code that have been repealed shall be excluded from the Code by the omission thereof from reprinted pages.
(c) 
When preparing a supplement to this Code, the person authorized to prepare the supplement may make formal nonsubstantive changes in ordinances included in the supplement insofar as necessary to do so in order to embody them into a unified code. For example, the person may:
(1) 
Arrange the material into appropriate organizational units.
(2) 
Supply appropriate catchlines, headings and titles for chapters, articles, divisions, subdivisions and sections to be included in the Code and make changes in any such catchlines, headings and titles or in any such catchlines, headings and titles already in the Code.
(3) 
Assign appropriate numbers to chapters, articles, divisions, subdivisions and sections to be added to the Code.
(4) 
Where necessary to accommodate new material, change existing numbers assigned to chapters, articles, divisions, subdivisions or sections.
(5) 
Change the term "this ordinance," or similar words, to "this chapter," "this article," "this division," "this subdivision," "this section" or "sections __________ to __________" (inserting section numbers to indicate the sections of the Code that embody the substantive sections of the ordinance incorporated in the Code).
(6) 
Make other nonsubstantive changes necessary to preserve the original meaning of the ordinances inserted in the Code.

Sec. 1-11 General penalty; continuing violations.

(a) 
In this section, the term "violation of this Code" shall mean any of the following:
(1) 
Doing an act which is prohibited or made or declared unlawful, an offense or a violation by ordinance or rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.
(2) 
Failure to perform an act that is required to be performed by ordinance or rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.
(3) 
Failure to perform an act if the failure is prohibited or is made or declared unlawful, an offense or a violation or by ordinance or rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.
(b) 
Any provision of this Code which is made or declared to be a misdemeanor, civil infraction or municipal civil infraction shall be a violation of this Code.
(c) 
In this section, the term "violation of this Code" shall not include the failure of a Township officer or employee to perform an official duty unless it is specifically provided that the failure to perform the duty is to be punished as provided in this section.
(d) 
Except as specifically provided otherwise by state law or Township ordinance, all violations of this Code are misdemeanors. Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, a person convicted of a violation of this Code that is a misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500, and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. However, unless otherwise provided by law, a person convicted of a violation of this Code which substantially corresponds to a violation of state law that is a misdemeanor for which the maximum period of imprisonment is 93 days shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500, and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment for a period of not more than 93 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(e) 
Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, with respect to violations of this Code that are continuous with respect to time, each day that a violation continues shall be a separate offense. With respect to other violations, each violation shall constitute a separate offense.
(f) 
The imposition of a penalty under this section shall not prevent suspension or revocation of a license, permit or franchise or other administrative sanctions.
(g) 
Violations of this Code that are intermittent or ongoing are a nuisance per se and may be abated by injunctive or other equitable relief. The imposition of a penalty shall not prevent injunctive relief or civil or quasi-judicial enforcement.