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Oakland County Tree Removal Policy
The township has little to do with the trees that are in the right-of-way on the streets in South Bloomfield Highlands. Technically, the trees belong to the County and are taken care of by them. If a tree is diseased or dead, the county representative for our area will inspect the tree and measure from the center of the road. He or she will call the county to find out what the right-of-way is on that street (Hillsdale is 20 feet, Marlborough is 25 feet, etc.). If any part of the tree trunk is in the right-of-way, the county will accept responsibility and have it pruned or removed.
The county only owns two log loading trucks, so a downed tree can take as long as a month to be loaded up and carted away. BTW, the county contracts out the tree work to independent crews for this work. If you are concerned about the health of a tree that may be in the right-of-way on your property, call the township at 248-594-2800. They will contact the appropriate people at the county. The only time that the township will send out their crews is if a tree has fallen into the street and needs immediate removal.
Bloomfield Township’s “Dog Ordinance” (Ordinance #423)
Dogs are not permitted to run at large off owner’s property. Dogs must be on a leash at all times when off the owner’s property, even if the owner is present. It is unlawful to permit a dog to deposit fecal matter other than on owner’s property, unless immediately collected. Violators of this Dog Ordinance are subject to: $500 fine, plus costs and/or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days. Residents may anonymously report violators to Animal Control of the Police Department.
Only licensed operational passenger vehicles are permitted to be parked in a driveway overnight per Bloomfield Township Regulation #1508. Vehicles parked in the driveway may be covered with a tarp. Vehicles are not to be parked on the grass. Commercial and recreational vehicles are not to be parked overnight in a driveway.
All streets within the SBHIA are maintained by Bloomfield Township. Unpaved street are graded and oiled on a regular schedule throughout the spring, summer and fall. Report any paving breakage or rough roads to the SBHIA Street and Lights Board representative or contact the Road Department of the Township directly (Bloomfield Township Road Division).
There are 20 streetlights within the SBHIA subdivision. The utility costs (electric) are paid by the SBHIA. Detroit Edison maintains the lights. Any malfunctions and/or faulty lights should be reported to the SBHIA Streets & Lights Director.
Neither Bloomfield Township nor the SBHIA provides removal of leaves from the street. Do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves and other yard refuse should be places in brown bags or otherwise labeled containers.
All fences and any structure having an accessory use must have a permit which can obtained from Bloomfield Township. The SBHIA is only notified if the homeowner is applying for a variance from Bloomfield Township. All variances must be approved by the Deeds and Restrictions member of the SBHIA Board of Directors.