Important Ordinances

The City of East Lansing has compiled a number of need-to-know ordinances for residents and visitors. These ordinances are enforced by the East Lansing Police Department and Parking and Code Enforcement (PACE).


Disorderly Conduct (sec 26-52)

- Remaining within 300 feet of a fire: No person shall be or remain on public property or the unenclosed private property of another within 300 feet of a structure fire, vehicle fire or open fire, except persons attempting to put out or contain the fire.

- Public Intoxication: Be intoxicated in a public place and be endangering directly the safety of another person or property.

- Public Urination: No person shall urinate, defecate or spit on any street, sidewalk, alley, park, parkway, parking lot or structure, public carrier or upon any public property.

- Engaging in a Riot: Assemble or act in concert with four or more other persons for the purpose of engaging in conduct constituting the crime of riot, including the destruction of public or private property, throwing objects, starting a fire,


Open Alcohol (section 26-54)

Prohibits the possession of any alcoholic beverage in an open container or container with a broken seal in any public place or private area open to the public except a licensed liquor establishment or elsewhere as provided by ordinance.


Bulk Rubbish Items (Ordinance 1300)

If bulk items are placed at the curb without a City sticker/scheduled pickup or on the wrong day, they are in violation of the ordinance. Residents have two hours to remove these items if they receive a face-to-face notification and eight hours to remove items if a violation notification is posted outside of their residence. A citation can be issued if bulk items are not removed from the curb in these allotted time periods, resulting in fines (currently set by the court at $220 for similar violations) and abatement costs ($35 if removed during regular business hours or $150 if removed after hours.) Removed items should be placed inside of the resident’s house or garage until the appropriate scheduled pickup date.

Learn more: Bulk Item Pickup (One Pager Plus)


Fireworks (section 26-66)

It is illegal to discharge consumer fireworks between the hours of 1-8 a.m. on the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. In addition, no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday during permitted hours.

Learn more: Fireworks Ordinance (One-Pager Plus)


Party Litter (section 14-31)

Parking & Code Enforcement (PACE) officers are permitted to issue a ticket without issuing a prior warning if it is clear the litter was generated from the occupants/guests of the property and the offense is deemed serious.

Learn more: Party Litter Ordinance (One-Pager Plus)


Snow and Ice Removal (section 38-127)

The code provides a time frame for property owners, renters/landlords and business owners to clear the snow/ice on the sidewalks adjacent to their property after a major snow event. Snow that accumulates before noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight the same day and snow that accumulates after noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight of the following day. Ice should be cleared or an abrasive (salt, sand, ect.) should be applied within 12 hours of formation.

Learn more: Snow Removal Ordinance (One-Pager Plus)


Minor in Possession - MIP (section 26-53)

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. Any person suspected of being a Minor in Possession of alcohol will be required to show proof of age and may be asked to take a breath alcohol test.


Noise (section 26-81)

Prohibits noise which may disturb neighbors. Examples are stereos played at loud levels and inappropriate shouting at any time. After 11 p.m., the noise violation will be written as a misdemeanor offense. Your landlord will be notified of any noise violations.


Enhanced Party Noise (section 26-81)

The amendment defines enhanced party noise as a violation of the noise ordinance and two or more of the following conditions:
    •    A common source of alcohol used to serve the guests, such as a keg
    •    A live band or disc jockey or other live entertainment
    •    A charge to gain entrance into the residence or to consume alcohol
    •    Amplified sound emanating from speakers placed or directed outside of the building
    •    Outdoor drinking games where alcohol is involved


Trash (section 36-85)

Trash goes out at 8 p.m. the night before pickup. Trash containers should be brought in by 10 a.m. the following day. Trash containers must be stored at the rear of the house if stored outside.


Parking (section 50-814)

No parking on any residential street from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. No parking on all other streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. No parking in yards.


Grass Height (section 302.4)

Maintain a presentable yard. Grass cannot exceed six inches.


Outdoor Furniture (section 301.10)

Do not leave indoor furniture outdoors.


Pools (Ordinance 1320)

No pool, swimming pool, hot tub or spa of any depth - permanent or temporary - shall be placed in the front yard or side yard (unless enclosed) of any one-family, two-family or multiple-family dwelling.




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