Canton leads the way in quality of development in southeastern Michigan. The Municipal Services Department (MSD) plays a key roll in shaping that development to meet the community's needs.
MSD provides development, planning, building and infrastructure services, and is responsible for coordinating these activities to provide the best possible service.
The is headed by Director Tim Faas and consists of four divisions: Building and Inspection Services, Planning Services, Engineering Services and Public Works.
MSD employees are committed to exceptional customer service. All four divisions are involved in the creation and long-term maintenance of residential, commercial and industrial development in the community.
The MSD administrative offices are located on the second floor of Canton's Administration Building, located at 1150 Canton Center Road. For questions or concerns regarding MSD please call 734/394-5160.
Vacant Property Registration and Maintenance Ordinance
In an effort to help protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, maintain property values and protect our utility system, Canton has adopted an ordinance that requires all properties that have been vacant / unoccupied for over 30 days to be registered with the township.
Under the Ordinance, property owners will have 30 days to register vacant properties by submitting a registration form to Canton’s Building and Inspection Services Division. Once registered, staff will perform a safety and blight inspection of the exterior, owners will need to complete a checklist form certifying the condition of the structure’s interior. Property owners will be responsible for any maintenance code or ordinance violations revealed during the inspection. Failure to comply will result in a civil infraction penalty.
Fees under the ordinance total $110 and include both the registration and inspection fees. Please note, vacant properties must be registered annually.
For more information on Canton’s Vacant Property Registration and Maintenance ordinance or to report a vacant property in your subdivision please call Building and Inspection Services at 394-5200.