Frequently Asked Questions

Finding someone reliable to perform repairs and improvements on your home is challenging. Other people in the Association may know just the right person for your job and this list is a common place where our members can share positive experiences with contractors.  The University District Community Association does not in any way support, recommend, or endorse any of these contractors


Masonry Contact Information Referring Neighbor Type of Work Performed
Oscar 313-218-0984 Stacia Little, Parkside Tuck Pointing
Chris Sykes 248-321-3410, Ferndale Deborah Donison Masonary, Driveway & Sidewalk
Othea Wilson, Electrician 313-342-8785 Elaine Gilbert, Oak Dr
Lynn LaPlante Electric 248-762-5989 David Horger, Parkside Service Change, etc
Watework Plumbing 248-542-8022, Ferndale June Crews Floor Drain Snaked (Newsletter Advertiser/Coupon)
Bison Plumbing 586-754-4281, Warren Tom Bauer, Parkside Floor Drain Snake & Camera
Todd Wall Plumbing 248-506-8778 Elaine Gilbert, Oak Dr
McGraw Plumbing 734-558-8794 Deborah Donison Replaced All Plumbing 2002
General Construction
Jerome Ruff 313-624-5115 Cell

313-642-1867 Home

Ann Eskridge Roofing, Tile Flooring, Plaster Plumbing, Water Heater
Brothers of Excellence,

Cederick Campbell

313-204-8181 Cederick Campbell UDCA member and Parkside Resident
Scott Construction & Mechanical 586-790-9020


Recommended by Marygrove Resident General construction and trim work and Installed Furnace and AC
Spaulding & Sons Construction 313-220-9680 Un Vetted Windows, Siding, Gutters, Carpentry, Brick work
RGS Roofing, Gutters & Siding 586-201-4742, Jim Tom Bauer, Parkside Tear off & Re Roof including flat roof
American Metal Roofs 866-612-9193 Deborah Donison & Tom Bauer Installed Lifetime Metal Roof
Glendon McDanial Slate 313-460-5922 Un Vetted Slate Repairs
Slate Expressions, Myron Way 323-336-0522 Tom Bauer & Cederick Campbell Repaired Slate Roof, Replaced Missing Shingles
Hardwood Floors
Eldren Akins Floor Refinishing & Sanding 20126 Lesure, Detroit


Brenda Simmons, Parkside 4 Rooms & Stairs “Reliable , clean & great work”
Custom Hardwood, Steve Russel 248-630-5025 Tom Bauer, Parkside Restored & Refinished Water Damaged Floors, Custom Millwork
Reba Dobbs, Hardwood Classics 313-318-7249 Tom Bauer, Parkside Recommended by my Flooring Supplier
SDC Service Corp. Rusty & Andy 810-618-5479 Daniel Vermeersch Major Boiler Repair, “Honest & Fair”
Hutchins Heating & Cooling 313-475-1343


Elaine Gilbert, Oak Dr
Flame Furnace, Warren 586-234-2340 Deborah Donison Ongoing Maintenance & Repair
Denny’s Heating and Cooling 313-368-4233 David Horger, Parkside HVAC Installation
Blue Ray Mechanical 248-955-4389 Franco Ligori, Muirland Boiler Repair and System Improvements.
Gutters & Siding
Great Lakes Gutter 734-953-4096, Livonia Deborah Donison 6” Half Round Gutters & 4” Downspouts
Gutter Dude 734-658-5170 Deborah Donison Gutter Cleaning
Canton Gutter Repair 734-637-6828 Deborah Donison GutterCleaning
Chimney Sweep
High Hat 734-466-9590, Livonia Deborah Donison Cleaned Fire Place Flue
Detroit City Sweep 313-437-2254 Jamie Beniga Cleaned Fire Place Flue
Sprinkler Repair
D.F. DePue Lawn Sprinkler Systems Inc. 313-585-5899


Elaine Gilbert, Oak Dr
Wilcox Brothers Troy, 248-588-3600

Dan Secrest, Parkside Installed New Sprinkler System
Stan Anders


Ms Spiller, Muirland Repair, Replace and winterize
Trees & Firewood
True Cut Tree Service 248-798-5909 Deborah Donison Reasonable Price, Firewood Delivered
Big Dave’s Tree Service 586-222-1750 David Horger Parkside Tree Removal, Fair Price & Good Cleanup
American Pest Control 248-585-2600 Deborah Donison Infestation Treatment for Trees
IV Walls Painting Fred Butler


Elaine Gilbert, Oak Dr Interior Painting
Al’s Masterpiece Painting 313-263-3168 Gloria Williams, Birchcrest Interior & Exterior Painting, Deck Maint.
Structure Foundation
Calculus Foundation Systems 586-552-8585 Tom Bauer Consultation on Foundation & Basement
Foundation Systems of Michigan 888-609-8252 Tom Bauer Consultation on Basement wall & Drainage issues
Mid-Michigan Foundation, Inc 517-647-5579, Portland Mi. Un vetted Foundation & Basement Repairs
Kimberly Fence 586-920-2014, Warren, Mi Deborah Donison, Muirland Installation and repair since 1988
Park’s Fence 586-755-1556, Warren, Mi Tom Bauer, Parkside Fair Prices and Quality Products
Furniture Repair
Rob Hickey Furniture Restoration 21521 Telegrapgh, Brownstown


Un Vetted
Rasmussen & Sons Woodworking 12100 Cloverdale, Detroit


Un Vetted
Sandy’s Custom Sewing 313-854-7883 Un Vetted Upholstery, Draperies, Alterations



Useful Information:

Verify Builder’s License:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA):

File a Complaint or Verify a License:,4601,7-154-35299—,00.html

Guide to Avoiding a Complaint:

Other Contractor Referral Lists:


If you have a contractor you would like to recommend to the members of the UDCA and are willing to include your name in the referral please contact the UDCA at


The University District Community Association has not screened or investigated any of the contractors or the resident who referred them and the work performed. It is your responsibility to check them out and verify their claims. It is recommended that you hire licensed and insured contractors. For more information on hiring and screening contractors refer to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs


Article I – General Statements

Section 1. The name of this corporation is the University District Community Association, Incorporated. The University District consists of the area from McNichols Road to  Seven Mile Road and from Livernois Avenue to Parkside.

Section 2. The purpose(s) for which the corporation is formed are as follows:

  • To maintain and support the neighborhood integrity of the University District
  • To promote active partnership and membership and other groups within the University District
  • To coordinate cultural and family events for its residents
  • To maintain and enforce requirements of zoning ordinances as relates to activities of the University
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  • To promote and monitor public improvements within the University District
  • To facilitate regular communication among members through continuous verbal, written and electronic   means (newsletters, flyers, phone calls, e‑mail, web sites, etc.)
  • To represent the District concerning property taxes, levies, and other property issues
  • To represent the District in legislative matters with city and state agencies

Additionally, this corporation will help to ensure proper maintenance of property in the District and to promote the health, peace and happiness of the community.

The Association is restricted from the following:

  • Contributing monetarily toward the support of political candidates
  • Substantially influencing legislation or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of political candidates
  • Acting in the interest of any private individual, firm, corporation, partnership or association seeking to derive profit or gain

Article II – Qualification of Membership

Section 1. Any person, firm or corporation owning a residence in this District and/or any family or individual residing in the District shall be required to maintain a resident membership in this Association. Resident memberships include voting rights. University District Businesses located on Livernois, McNichols or Seven Mile are eligible for business memberships. Business memberships do not include voting rights.

Article III – Dues

Section 1. Annual dues of this Association shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that members are notified when dues are owed. A bill for dues will be delivered to each Association member at the address appearing in the Association’s records for each member. All dues and monies shall be paid to the Treasurer and deposited in a bank to the Association’s credit, the selection of the bank being within the purview of the Board of Directors. All checks for the withdrawal of funds from said depository must be signed by two of the following persons: Treasurer, President, Vice President and Secretary.

Section 3. The membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each calendar year. Dues are payable prior to the start of the membership period. If a member does not pay dues by the specified date on the notice, the members’ dues shall be considered delinquent and voting privileges are forfeited. A membership may be reinstated with full privileges for the remainder of the membership year by paying membership dues for that year.

Section 4: Annual dues must be paid by each Director of the Board.

Article IV – Meetings

Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order shall be referred to, to decide all questions of parliamentary procedure.

Section 2. There shall be no fewer than ten (10) Board of Directors’ meetings during the year. All business of the Association shall be reviewed and discussed at these meetings according to an agenda established by the Executive Committee (as defined in Article IV- Officers) and provided to Board members within one (1) week prior to the regularly scheduled Board meetings. Members, residents and property owners of the University District Community Association are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings.

In addition to the ten (10) or more regularly scheduled Board meetings, there shall be two (2) general membership meetings during the year, one of which shall be the Annual Membership Meeting.

Section 3. All transactions of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board of Directors at the next meeting.

Section 4. Special meetings may be called by the President, a majority of the Executive Committee or any twenty‑five (25) members of the Association by written notice to all members of record, stating the objective, and no business shall be transacted at such meeting except that for which it is called. The President, a majority of the Executive Committee or any twenty‑five (25) members desiring to call a special meeting shall make such desire known in writing to the Secretary, who shall mail notices to the members.

Section 5. All general meetings of this Association unless herein otherwise provided shall be by written notice to all the members of record.

Section 6. Notice of time and place of the Annual Membership meeting shall be sent to residents of the University District to provide a minimum of one week’s notice prior to said meeting; results of the election of members for the Board of Directors’ positions shall be made public notice at said meeting.

Section 7. The President, or five (5) members of the Board or Directors, may call a meeting of the Board of Directors at any time upon notice to the individual members of the Board.

Article V – Quorum

Section 1. A quorum at any membership meeting shall consist of at least fifty (50) members or ten (10) percent of the membership, whichever is least, including five (5) Directors for the transaction of business of the Association.

Section 2. A majority of the Board of Directors of this Association shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Three (3) of the five (5) officers shall constitute a quorum of the Executive Committee. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum thereof.

Article VI – Officers

Section 1. Officers of this Association shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and chair of block club captains, and will be known as the Executive Committee.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the Board of Directors. The immediate past President should, for a period of one (1) year, be a non‑voting member of the Executive Committee.

Section 3. The Executive Committee is empowered by the Board of Directors to transact any business as authorized by the Board of Directors in the approved Budget for the year. Discretionary spending not included in the budget shall not exceed $500 without prior approval by majority vote by the Board and must be reported to the Board at the next meeting. Authorization can be revoked at any time by vote of the Board.

Article VII – Duties of Officers

Section 1. President: It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors; to preserve order and enforce the laws of the Association; to appoint all committees with the approval of the Board of Directors; to sign the records of meetings and to receive the Treasurer’s reports; to appoint a committee of two (2) to audit the books of the Treasurer and report at the Annual Meeting; to sign with the Secretary any and all papers pertaining to any litigation in which the Association may be involved; to select a parliamentarian from the Board of Directors to assist in rules and usage during the deliberative process of meetings.

Section 2. Vice President: The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall have and exercise all the powers and duties of the President in his/her absence. The Vice President shall serve the un‑expired portion of the term of the President in the case of disqualification or resignation.

Section 3. Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible to keep a true and accurate record of the business correspondence and activities of the Association, keep papers and documents for the Association; record the minutes of all meetings of the Association and its Board of Directors; give notice of all meetings of the Association and its Board of Directors; prepare general correspondence for the association register annually the Association with all necessary authorities and to ensure that the officers and directors listings are on file therewith and are current; sign with the President all papers pertaining to any litigation in which the Association may be involved; and perform other duties as the Board of Directors shall require.

Section 4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall present an annual budget proposal at the February Board of Directors meeting for board approval and adoption. The budget will cover the next twelve months. The Treasurer shall maintain such banking and investment accounts for the Association as shall be appropriate for its needs; be responsible for the collection of all monies and property due the Association and the maintenance of full and accurate records of all receipts and disbursement of funds of the Association subject to the by‑laws; prepare and present to the Association at each regular and annual meeting and at other times when requested, a full and complete statement of the financial affairs of the Association; arrange for an independent annual audit of the banking and financial records of the Association, at its expense and present the audit at the Annual Meeting; may secure bond in such sum as the Board of Directors may deem advisable and the cost of such bond to be paid out of the funds of the Association.

Section 5. Chair of the Block Club Captains: the chair shall aid in the formation and continuance of block clubs; provide resources and information to block clubs; speak for the block clubs at Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings; and conduct at least two (2) meetings of block captains per year.

Section 6. Vacant officers’ positions: if an officer’s position becomes vacant, it is to be filled by another board member. Except for the president, which is covered in Section 2, the vacant position is filled by the affirmative vote of the majority of the remaining Directors. A quorum of the directors must be present for the vote. The newly selected officer(s) shall serve the un‑expired portion of the term and until his or her successor is qualified and selected.

Section 7. All persons authorized to sign checks may be bonded to the extent of the maximum amount on hand in the treasury, premium for the bond to be paid by the Association

Article VIII – Qualifications for Board Members

Section 1. Any resident who is a current paid member of the University District Community Association is considered a member in good standing and eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

Article IX – Nominations, Elections, and Installations

Section 1. The President shall appoint an Election Committee of three (3) Board members with the approval of the Board to select a minimum of two (2) above the minimum number of Directors to be elected and a ballot shall be mailed to the membership in November of each year. Ballots may be voted by mail. If there is a tie for the fifth board seat, once ballots are tallied, the Board will vote to break the tie.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall consist of fifteen (15) members. Each elected Director shall serve a term of three (3) years. Five (5) terms shall expire and five terms shall commence at the conclusion of the calendar year. Any Board of Directors position vacated during a term shall be filled by appointment by the President upon the recommendation of the Election Committee, and after approval of the Board of Directors. Vacancies shall be filled within sixty (60) days after notification of the Board of Directors of such vacancy. Such appointees shall serve the balance of the term.

Section 3. Officers shall be elected from the Board Membership by the Board of Directors at the first Board meeting of the year. Outgoing officers shall hold office until the election of new officers has taken place.

Section 4. Officers shall be installed immediately after the election of officers has been concluded.

Section 5. Every resident member in good standing in this Association shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote on each and every question properly coming before the meeting of the members, Where a family, firm or corporation holds a resident membership, only one (1) vote shall be cast by such family, firm or corporation.

Article X – Responsibilities of Board of Directors

Section 1. Directors have the responsibility of conducting, managing and controlling the business affairs, and property of the Association, unless otherwise instructed by members at any called meeting.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Reporting Association information to members at the Annual Meeting, any special meeting or as reasonably requested by members.
  2. Serving on at least one committee.
  3. Engaging and determining the compensation of all employees of the Association.
  4. Performing other duties as may be required by the laws of this state, these bylaws or the action of the members of the Association at any regularly scheduled meeting of members.

Section 2. Attendance: in case any Director shall not attend a meeting of the Board of Directors for three (3) consecutive unexcused meetings or shall not attend six (6) meetings within a twelve‑month (12) period, a Director will be automatically removed; however, a member could petition the Board to be reinstated at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Resignation: A Director may resign by giving thirty (30) days written notice to the Secretary. The Secretary will promptly provide a copy of the resignation to the chair of the Election Committee and to the President.

Section 4. Dismissal: the Board may dismiss a Director whenever, in its judgment, the best interest of the Association is served. The dismissal requires an affirmative vote of three‑fourths (3/4) of the board members present at a legally constituted meeting. This vote must be included on the agenda in advance and absent members may vote by proxy.

Section 5. Vacancy: any such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Article IX, Section 2.

Section 6. Contracts: the Board of Directors shall approve any deeds, leases or other contracts by a majority vote. They must be validated and signed on behalf of the Association by the President and Secretary. Additionally, the Board of Directors may decide that any deed, lease or contract may be validated and signed on behalf of the Association by officers other then the President and Secretary.

Article XI – Power of Board of Directors

Section 1. The Board of Directors is authorized to conduct the business of the Association. It is authorized to take whatever steps deemed necessary by the majority of the Board to protect the interests of the Association. It is authorized to institute legal proceedings to defend against the same, and is authorized to contract to pay for legal services and costs in connection with any such action.

Section 2. The Executive Committee is empowered to take action without Board approval only in emergency situations. The Executive Committee does not have the power or authority to amend these bylaws, fill vacancies on the Board, designate compensation for the Board members or its employees, or to terminate a membership.

Article XII – Focus Areas and Committees

Section 1. The standing committees of the Association are: Beautification Committee, Communications Committee, and Election Committee, Membership Committee, Planning and Development Committee, Safety and Security Committee, School Committee, Snow Committee, Social and Cultural Committee. The duties are as follows:

  • Beautification Committee ‑ Provide products and services for beautification and holiday decorations for the University District.
  • Communications Committee ‑ Publish the newsletter, maintain the website, monitor the hotline and distribute notices for all general membership meetings and social events
  • Election Committee ‑ Conduct the election of board members
  • Membership Committee ‑ Maintain and increase membership of the Association
  • Planning and Development ‑ Work to maintain residential standards, help enforce zoning regulations, and monitor the building and development plans for the neighborhood.
  • Safety and Security ‑ Work with neighborhood patrol organizations, gather crime statistics and promote safety in the district
  • School Committee ‑ Help the schools in our neighborhood achieve their educational goals
  • Snow Committee ‑ Handle any business with the snow removal contractor
  • Social Committee ‑ Make arrangements for all General Membership meetings and social events.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees of the Association shall be created as needed. Committee Chairpersons shall be appointed by the UDCA President, with approval of a majority of the Board of Directors. Committees shall have a defined mandate or purpose and term. Each Ad Hoc Committee Chairperson shall report progress of their committees’ activities to the Board, in person or in writing, on a monthly basis until the work of the committee is complete. Committee Chairpersons shall be dues paying UDCA members.

Article XIII – Bylaws

The members of this Association may, by a majority vote of a quorum present at any General Membership Meeting or at a Special Meeting having that purpose mentioned in the notice thereof as one of the objects of said meeting, alter, amend, or repeal any of these bylaws or Articles of Incorporation.

Article XIV – Amendments

Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by a three‑fourth (3/4) majority of the members present at a called meeting of the Board of Directors. All amendments must be ratified by the general membership. Proposed written amendments to these bylaws shall be included in the notice of the meeting at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.

Section 2. These bylaws shall become operative upon a simple majority vote in favor held at the regularly scheduled general meeting or specially called meeting provided that the notice of such a meeting is sent by mail or carrier at least one (1) month ahead to all members in good standing of the Association.

Section 3. As issues important to the Association arise, the Association will create written policies to address these issues. The policies will then be incorporated into these bylaws when said bylaws are revised or updated, as necessary.

UDCA By-Laws:

Amended May, 1983

Amended October, 2000

Amended October 2003

Amended January, 2007

Amended April, 2009

Amended April, 2013


Effective April 4, 2013, with simple majority favorable by vote by the general membership.

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Membership dues are due on January 1st and the membership period runs from January 1st – December 31st of each year.

  • UDCA emails and special notices
  • Quarterly newsletter and website updates
  • Community interest workshops
  • Merchant partner discount program
  • Snow Plowed Streets
  • Beautification projects around and through the neighborhood
  • Handsome signs identifying our community
  • Most of all, the satisfaction of being part of the stabilization of your most valuable asset – YOUR HOME!

Go to to find your block captain. Email to find out how to volunteer to become a block captain or to get the contact information for your block captain.


Mission of the Standards Committee: To establish, identify and document, best practices for a set of residential standards for the University District Community Association.

Role & Responsibility of Committee members: Inform UD residents and property owners of the City of Detroit Codes, ordinances and relevant agency rules that are the basis of the Residential Standards. To receive and confirm violation reports from residents. Issue violation notices to residents when warranted. Refer violations to authorities having jurisdiction when necessary.

UDCA Mission: the University District Community Association strives to maintain and support the integrity of the neighborhood, provide communication of events and issues to its residents, promote a quality education in our local school while maintaining health, safety and happiness in a family-friendly, diverse community.

Our Location: The University District is located east of Livernois Avenue and west of and including Parkside St, between Seven Mile and McNichols.

Non-Discrimination Policy: It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Subdivisions that all property therein will be available without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, sex or national origin.

Drug-free Zone: The University District Community has zero tolerance for drug trafficking. As a community we can assure all who traffic in drugs that they will be sought out and reported to the authorities. Drug trafficking places all residents, living in the mist of drug dealing, at risk.

Residents who observe drug traffic are asked to call police at 313-234-4000 andour radio patrol at 313-447-0003 to report such activity (anonymously if you wish). It will take this entire community to maintain a safe living environment for all of our residents

Standards Enforcement: The University District Community Association, and its successors, strives to administer and enforce the architectural integrity, safe, social and desirable community living atmosphere and ensure the real property value of the homes in this community through the collective efforts of each property owner by supporting and enforcing the standards as set forth in this document.


  14. FENCES


These restrictions shall be applicable to all lots in the University District Community, in the City of Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.


Building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits are required for most remodeling and new projects, such as: additions, decks, sheds, garages, fencing, pools, furnaces, air conditioning units, hot tubs, water heaters, etc. Permit fees vary depending on the project and are issued by the Department of Public Service located at City Hall.


A current Certificate of Occupancy is required when selling or renting a home in the UDCA community.


No residence other than a single private dwelling house which shall cost not less than $100,000 shall be erected on any lot in the Subdivisions (other than lots fronting on Livernois and Parkside). Lots fronting on Parkside may be used for two (2) family residences or other uses permitted by law, the cost of construction of which is not less than $150,000. Lots fronting on Livernois Avenue may be used for stores or other uses permitted by law, the cost of construction of which are not less than $150,000. The foregoing dollar figures shall be increased in January of each year by a percentage equal to the percentage rise in the previous twelve (12) months of the housing component of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (1967=100) for All Urban Consumers for the City of Detroit, or the equivalent of such index then in existence. All residences and business structures shall be of pressed, glazed, or wire cut brick, stone or concrete over tile or metal lath for exterior construction with full basement. Residences shall be at least two full stories and not more than 2 1/2 stories in height, containing a minimum of 2,200 square feet of enclosed area, with at least 18 feet of studding. No residence building with a flat roof shall be erected on any of said lots.


The property and buildings in the Subdivision (excepting lots fronting on Livernois Avenue which may be used for purposes for which they are properly zoned) shall be used and occupied only by single or two families. They shall not be used for any trade, business or occupation or employment (or uses incident thereto) or for apartment, multiple residential or boarding house use unless a variance, exemption, or special circumstance has been formerly granted.

No advertising sign, billboard, or other advertising device shall be permitted, erected, placed or maintained at any time upon said premises other than the normal and usual “For Sale” sign incident to the sale of property. The term “family” as used herein shall be as such term is defined in the Zoning Ordinances of the City of Detroit in effect on the initial effective date of these restrictions. No property in the Subdivisions shall be used or occupied in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, for any noxious or unlawful purpose or for any activity which constitutes a nuisance under applicable law


A property owner shall submit to the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department for its prior approval, detailed plans and specifications for the construction and location of any residence or garage or any material addition to or alteration of same which requires a permit from the City of Detroit. All such plans must be in conformity with all applicable building codes, rules and regulations, and these restrictions and otherwise provide for construction in harmony with the existing structure of which it is a part and correspond in architecture to the immediate area of the subdivision involved. Any substantial changes in plans shall require the same approval and zoning as the original plans.


The erection of any new building or repair of any building damaged by fire or otherwise shall be completed as rapidly as possible. Should the owner or contractor leave such building in an incomplete condition for a period of more than six (6) months, then the Association or its authorized representative, at its discretion is authorized and empowered (but not required) to tear down and clear from the property the uncompleted portion of such structure, or to complete the same at its discretion, and in either event, the expense incurred in so doing shall be charged to the owner’s interest therein.


All dwellings shall be erected on a grade of at least 20 inches above the inner sidewalk grade line or 15 inches if building line is 30 feet and according to profile plans of the engineers of the property. The natural grade of the land shall not be raised more than 2 feet above the sidewalk without the written consent of the adjoining property owners.


No tents, shacks, barns, vehicles (including, but not limited to trailers, recreational vehicles and vans) or any temporary building or structure of any design whatsoever, shall be used for living or residence purposes. No temporary occupancy, residence or domicile shall be permitted in unfinished, incomplete or materially damaged residences or structures, provided that this restriction shall not prevent the erection of a temporary storage building for materials and supplies used solely for, and in, the construction of a dwelling, provided that such storage building is removed from the premises upon completion of the residence.


A garage may be erected on any of said lots except on lots fronting on Livernois Avenue, but only for the private use of the owner of the lot on which said garage is located. Living apartments may be provided in any 2-story garage for the occupancy of persons, provided that such persons (a) are in the employ of the property owner, and (b) all of such persons perform continuous and substantial services for the owner or occupants of the principal dwelling, and (c) receive therefore monies and/or consideration substantially in excess of, and in addition to, or the reasonable value of, use and occupancy of the said living apartment. Each garage (or any out-building) shall correspond in architecture and shall be of the same material and construction as the residence to which it is appurtenant. A single storage building or garden and such other tools and equipment shall be permitted on each lot provided that it (a) is placed at the rear of the property, and (b) is harmonious in color and design to the contiguous property, and (c) does not exceed six (6) feet by ten (10) feet in length and width, and six (6) feet in height.


Vehicles can be stored in residential districts if they are unoccupied and parked in a fully enclosed garage. Recreational vehicles are permitted unhoused for temporary periods not to exceed 48 hours for the purpose of loading and unloading.


Parking of commercial vehicles and equipment on University District streets is prohibited. Exceptions include taxicabs; temporary parking of motor homes, pickup campers, and coupled trailer coaches; the expeditious loading or unloading, delivery, or pick-up of goods, wares, merchandise, or passengers at an address within the block where the vehicle is parked; the performance of business or commercial service by a licensed contractor or service establishment at an address within the block where the vehicle is parked for the time needed to complete the service., provided, that, while parked, the vehicle shall prominently display a written notice of the location where the service is being performed.

This article shall not apply to private passenger vehicles that have commercial license plates; trailers no longer than eight (8) feet in length that are coupled to a permitted vehicle; or pickup trucks or vans that have commercial license plates.

Motor homes, pickup campers, and coupled trailer coaches may be parked on any University District street, for up to twenty-four (24) hours, only during the loading or unloading of such vehicle for the purpose of trip preparation or trip completion.

A vehicle shall be considered abandoned when it has remained on a public street, highway, alley or public place for a period of forty-eight (48) continuous hours or more and from its condition and the surrounding circumstances, shall reasonably appear to be unclaimed, discarded, deserted or abandoned.

A truck, not to exceed 10,000 pounds, may be parked in the District only if it is kept in a fully enclosed building.


Abandoned, unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles shall not be left on the street, including any motor vehicle which is in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. An individual may perform mechanical work on one (1) motor vehicle on the premises or property as long as such work is performed inside a garage or other enclosed structure. An in-operable vehicle is any vehicle that is not equipped with all parts that are required to operate legally and safely on public streets and/or that is not drivable under its own power. Unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles not moved within 24 hours will be tagged for 48 hours and then towed. Fine: Court

Inoperable vehicles stored on premises must be raised off the ground (e.g. on a trailer) and must be covered (e.g. with a tarp). Fine: Court


Fences or walls shall be erected and maintained in the UDCA as follows: Fences and walls that do not exceed four feet in height can be located anywhere on one’s property provided that fences and walls located in the front yard shall be set back at least two feet from the sidewalk or property line and shall be located so as not to restrict proper visual observation of vehicles or persons using the public right-of-way. Fences along a driveway shall not obstruct ingress or egress of vehicles or of passengers from vehicles parked in the driveway. If the homeowner wishes to erect a fence adjoining a public right-of-way that will exceed four feet in height, he or she must notify surrounding property owners. Fences and walls exceeding four feet in height, but not exceeding six feet in height, may be placed in back of the front building line with the written consent of the owner(s) of the adjoining property, filed with the City. In all instances where a fence is erected, a permit must first be obtained from the City. It also is illegal to use barbed wire, exposed spikes or any other dangerous devices or materials on or in connection with any fence, barrier or enclosure in the community.


No person shall open any fire hydrant or use any water from the same without first obtaining a permit from the board of fire commissioners. No person shall in any manner obstruct the use of any fire hydrant in the city or have, place or allow to be placed any material or thing in front thereof or connect or tie thereto any object, animal or thing. Any material found as an obstruction, as aforesaid, may be removed by the officers and employees of the board of fire commissioners or the water and sewerage department, at the risk, cost and expense of the owner or claimants.


The numbers on residential buildings shall be displayed on, at or near the front door, readily visible to passersby, at least three inches in height. If the numbers are hidden by an awning or other appurtenance, the owner shall provide supplementary numbers in such a manner as to comply with this article.



Property Maintenance Standards



This standard/ordinance requires air conditioners, heat pumps and generators to be placed in the rear yard, not less than three feet from the side of the residence. Locations in the side yard must have the written approval of the adjoining property owner(s) and must be screened by landscaping or hidden by a fence. Locations in the front yard require a hearing before the Association, involving submission of a plan to scale showing relevant dimensions, proposed landscaping and a statement of the need to locate such equipment in the front yard. The concern with these units is the possible nuisance aspect to those in adjoining residences and the detrimental appearance from the street. Generally, therefore, if the Association does permit location in the front yard, landscaping of the unit is required to screen it from public view.



Cats, dogs and other household pets shall not be kept, bred or raised for any pecuniary gain, and their owner shall comply with all laws and ordinances pertaining to the ownership and keeping of such animals. No animals, livestock or poultry or any kind, except cats, dogs or other household pets, may be raised, bred or kept within the community and which may present a hazard or liability to other neighbors within the community (i.e., exotic animals, reptiles, spiders, etc.)



The City will collect dead animals if reported. Place dead animals at the curbside for collection. Do not place dead animals in the Courville container. Violations of the animal control ordinances are subject to a $500 fine and/or 90-day imprisonment for failure to comply. Ordinances address:

  • Failure to vaccinate dogs against rabies
  • More than four (4) dogs or cats over the age of four (4) months at residence
  • Failure to obtain license for a dog over the age of four (4) months
  • Failure to have a collar or harness with license tag attached on dog or cat



Removed carpeting should be cut into 4-foot rolls, not to exceed 50 pounds. PLACE BETWEEN SIDEWALK AND CURB for pickup on bulk pick-up date ONLY.



  • DETROIT RECYCLES is a single-stream program – all recyclable materials go together in your container. Pick up is every other Thursday.
  • Make sure items are clean and dry.
  • Rinse food residue.
  • DO NOT put recyclables in plastic bags—place items directly in your container!
  • DO NOT put food or garbage in your container.
  • Be sure plastics have chasing arrow symbol.
  • Break down boxes to save space in your container.


  • Trash pickup is every Thursday. Bulk waste pick up is every other Friday. Yard waste pick up is every other Friday. Yard waste pick up is seasonal. (Winter suspension of pick up is per published Advanced Disposal schedule)
  • Place trash in the trash container. Trash containers should be put to the curb no earlier than 6:00 pm on the day before collection and be removed no later than 9:00 pm on collection day. Fine: $100
  • Place yard waste in biodegradable paper bags. Do not use plastic bags. Fine: $200+
  • Breakdown boxes, crates and place in refuse container, not alongside the container. Fine: $200
  • Brush and shrubbery should not exceed eight (8) feet in length or eight (8) inches in diameter.
  • Bulk trash for pickup must not exceed one (1) cubic yard, six (6) feet in length or one thousand (1,000) pounds in weight. Fine: $200
  • Trash containers should be set out six (6) feet away from yard waste on collection day. Fine: Container not collected.
  • Trash containers cannot be stored at the curb, in the front yard or on the front porch between collections. Fine: $100
  • Animal waste deposited on private property must be removed within twenty-four (24) hours. Animal waste deposited on public property or rights-of way must be removed immediately. Fine: $200
  • Pet waste must be bagged before placing in approved trash container. Improperly disposed of pet waste creates a health hazard for sanitation workers. Fine: $1500
  • Burning solid waste in open fires. Fine: $1500
  • Failing to secure City or private solid waste collection containers and services. Fine: $200
  • Dumping or depositing solid waste from a motor vehicle. Fine: $1000
  • Storing or depositing solid waste on private or public property. Fine: $200
  • Littering. Fine: $200
  • Construction related and similar materials (tires, wood paneling, bricks, concrete, dirt, sod, etc.) are not accepted by land fill operators. Thus, these are not considered bulk waste and will not be collected by Advanced Disposal on bulk day. Place these in trash containers for Thursday pick up.



  • CHAIN-LINK AND WOVEN-WIRE. Metal top rails must not exceed 8 feet in length. Metal fencing must be rolled into bundles and tied. Concrete footings must be removed from posts. Any wood must be separated from metal fencing material for collection.
  • STOCKADE OR RUSTIC FENCING. Fencing must be disassembled to facilitate handling. Collection is limited to three 8-foot long sections per week. Concrete footings must be removed from wooden posts. PLACE BETWEEN SIDEWALK AND CURB for pickup on bulk pick-up date ONLY



Never pour poisons, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic products down a drain or thrown into the trash. Instead, use up toxic products completely according to the label. These items will only be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Receiving Facility at 2000 E. Ferry Street (near the I-75 and I-94 freeways). Individuals can call (313) 923-2240 to schedule a time to bring household hazardous materials (HHW) to the facility, which is open year round Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This facility is open to Detroit residents ONLY! There is no charge!

Residents can take these items to the HHW facility:

  • Household Batteries
  • Home Office Equipment
  • Electronics Car Equipment (Batteries, brake fluid, fuel, kerosene, motor oil, filters, etc.)


    • Cleansers & Polishes
    • Fertilizers, Pesticides and Weed Killers
    • Home Repair Products (glues & caulk)
    • Mercury Thermometers
    • Paint Thinners, Solvents & Varnishes
    • Wood Preservatives
    • Fluorescent Light Bulbs


The facility will not accept:

  • Unknown or Unlabeled Wastes
  • Commercially Generated Wastes
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Explosives
  • Shock-sensitive Materials
  • Old Paint And Solvent Cans – These must be set aside from regular rubbish or brought to the Public Works Yard during working hours (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). DO NOT PLACE IN RUBBISH OR TRASH CONTAINERS.



It is the duty of the owners or occupants of any property, vacant or occupied, to keep their premises, the adjoining sidewalks and public property, including streets and alleys, free of litter at all times.



No person shall permit any refuse, rubbish or waste to accumulate on property which he or she owns or occupies in such manner as to interfere with the safety, health or comfort of the public. This also applies to “junk” motor vehicles that are not housed within a fully enclosed building. All exterior of buildings, premises, and structures shall be maintained free from any accumulation of solid waste and be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The occupant of the building, premises or structure shall keep that portion of the exterior area that is under the occupant’s control in a clean, sale, and sanitary condition. Solid waste shall be separated and stored in approved containers.



If a special pickup is required for debris and rubbish after a move, a private contractor must be engaged. MATERIAL MUST BE PLACED BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND CURB.



All buildings, structures and exterior property in the University District, including all vacant or unimproved property, shall be rat proofed and maintained in a rat proof condition and be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation. Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent infestation.



No person shall play any game of nine (9) or ten (10) pins, ball, wicket or other games in any street, alley or other public space.



In residential districts, satellite dish antennas are permitted upon approval of the site plan by the City Council. Such antennas must be located on the ground in rear yards and must be adequately landscaped or fenced to screen them from view from the public right-of-way and from the first-floor level of nearby residential properties. Such antennas, together with all other structures in the rear yard, may not occupy more than 35% of the required rear open space. 30″ or Less in Diameter – City zoning ordinance, satellite dish-type antennas or receivers not exceeding 24″ in diameter require a permit. For a permit to be granted, they must be screened from the public right-of-way and consent must be obtained from the owner(s) of adjoining properties having a direct sight line to the proposed location of the dish. If a permit is not granted by the city administration, an appeal may be made to the City Council.




Swimming pools shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. Pools shall be entirely enclosed by at least a four (4) foot wire mesh fence or other type fence which prevents direct access to the pool. Pools shall have a self-latching gate maintained in good repair.

Swimming pools shall be equipped with a properly maintained water filtration device and shall be installed in a manner consistent with the Michigan Construction Codes, enacted pursuant to Section 4 of the Derossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act. being MCL 125.1504. In grade swimming pools shall be equipped and maintained with adequate underwater lighting to render visible all areas of the pool floor and walls. Swimming pools that are not in use shall be completely drained of all standing water, and either barricaded against trespass or completely filled in with Grade A fill soil or sand.


16. SIDEWALKS (Repair & Snow Removal)

When any sidewalk becomes out of repair, the homeowner is responsible to repair or replace it. If the City is notified of such a situation and finds it to be a hazard, the City will give the owner or occupant notice to repair the sidewalk within 30 days or the City will perform the work and charge the expense, plus administrative costs, to the homeowner. A larger, area-wide sidewalk program is conducted on a regularly scheduled basis.


Snow or ice that has fallen or formed on any sidewalk in the front, rear, or on the sides of any house, shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow or ice has fallen or formed, or a quantity of salt, sand, ashes or other approved materials applied to the snow or ice sufficient to render the sidewalk safe for persons to walk upon. However, snow or ice shall not be plowed, shoveled, brushed or piled, onto the street. Nor placed in any manner so as to interfere with public travel.



All unused building materials and temporary construction shall be removed from the property and Subdivisions within sixty (60) days after substantial completion of construction. The portion of the surface of the earth which is disturbed by excavation and other construction work shall be finish-graded and seeded or covered with such other landscaping as soon as the construction work and weather permit. Stumps and trees are not to be removed to adjoining or other sites in the Subdivision. All tree stumps in front yards shall be removed.


Limbs, cuttings, shrubbery, brush, tree branches, etc.: The pile should not exceed 8 feet in length. Logs must not exceed 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Brush must be tied in bundles that can be lifted by one person. Should be placed BETWEEN THE CURB AND SIDEWALK for pickup.



The owners of any vacant or unoccupied building or structure shall take reasonable steps to secure said building against trespassers and other hazards and otherwise keep and maintain said buildings and property in accordance with these restrictions. The securing of buildings shall be accomplished by the use of wire mesh unless such is not feasible. See: “University District Community Association Standards for Vacant Residential Property”



  • Failure to obtain a Certificate of Compliance. Occupants of a dwelling unit are responsible for keeping that part of the dwelling unit or premises, which they occupy and control, in a clean, habitable, sanitary, and safe condition. This includes falling gutters, broken windows etc. The city may inspect an owner-occupied structure and issue a correction order for multiple violations. The occupant must make repairs in order to receive a certificate of compliance. Fine: $250
  • Failure to Comply with Emergency Order. Emergency conditions: sewage in basement, no heat or electric, falling porches Fine: $500
  • Grass & Weeds in Excess of 8 Inches. Grass and weeds should be maintained to a height less than eight (8) inches by the owner or occupant of that property. This does not include exterior areas where flowers and gardens are maintained and cultivated. Noxious weeds (e.g., Canada thistle, poison ivy and sumac, ragweed, milkweed, and any other plant that endangers property or the health or safety of the public) are not permitted. Fine: $50
  • Failure to Remove Snow and Ice. All occupants or owners of property must clear ice, snow and filth or other obstructions from sidewalks. Snow may not obstruct street or right-of-way. Fine: $50
  • Creating a Rodent Harborage. Property should be cleared of debris, garbage, litter and rubbish that would provide a habitat for rodents. Fine: $100



  • Operate or maintain a radio or other noise making or amplifying device which disturbs the peace and good order of the neighborhood. Fine: Court
  • Sound device audible greater than 10 feet from motor vehicle. Fine: Court
  • Disturbing the peace in public or private area. Fine: Court
  • Three (3) false alarms within any three (3) month period. Fine: Court
  • Allowing burglary alarm to emit for more than one (1) hour. Fine: Court
  • Habitually barking dog(s). Fine: Court

If this is a life threatening emergency, get off the internet and dial 911.

EMERGENCY                                                        911        
Detroit Police Department 12th Precinct 313-596-1200
University District Hotline 313-318-7498
University District Radio Patrol (Volunteer Patrol) 313-447-0003
University District Subscriber Patrol (Paid Patrol) 313-447-0003
Abandoned Car Reports 313-596-1200
Curfew Violations 313-596-1200
Grafitti Removal (Provided by No More Broken Windows 866-693-3013
Police Reporting by Telephone 313-267-4600
Detroit Police Neighborhood Police Officer: Romell Randolph 313-720-9991
Advanced Disposal – Waste Pickup 844-2-DETROIT