Ordinance Enforcement


Under the authority granted by Michigan Common Law Act 246 of 1945, the City of Sault Ste. Marie has established ordinances and regulations with the goal to provide a secure, healthy, and growing community. All City of Sault Ste. Marie Ordinances are available for review at the City’s Offices and Online.

The City of Sault Ste Marie has a full-time Ordinance Enforcement Officer to work with our citizens to resolve ordinance related issues. The job also includes working closely with the City Zoning Administrator to enforce the Zoning Ordinances and with the City’s Building Official to enforce the City’s Building Ordinances. Our Officer is available to answer questions regarding ordinances. The Ordinance enforcement officer also deals with annual registration of residential rental properties.

Along with educating property owners on compliance issues, our officer investigates complaints, contacts property owners regarding compliance issues, and has the authority to issue Civil Infraction citations. Issuance of a citation is the last step in our process, our goal is compliance to our ordinances. Effective communication, understanding each citizen’s circumstance, and clear education of the ordinances are proven tools to gaining sustained compliance.

Visit the Ordinance Enforcement Officer to:

  • Check on the history and outstanding complaints of a property.
  • Registration your rental property.
  • Learn about city ordinances.
  • Make a complaint: please try to include information on the following:
    • Address of the problem property. 
    • Information on the nature of the complaint.
    • Your name and phone number

ON-STREET TRAILER/RV PARKING: Regulations and Permits

WITHOUT PERMIT: A trailer/RV may be parked up to 24 consecutive hours on city streets. At the end of 24 hours, the trailer/RV must be relocated to private property or the trailer/RV will be subject to ticketing.

WITH PERMIT: On-street parking is permitted for 72 hours per instance that the trailer/RV is parked on street. A total of four (4) 72-hour permits may be issued per recreational vehicle or personal trailer per calendar year. Permits shall not be issued consecutively. A minimum of three (3) full days must fall between authorized permits.

View the full update to City Ordinance Sec. 24-36 Parking of recreational vehicle, commercial vehicle/trailer, personal trailer, and semi-truck restrictions.