Info and Tips For Avoiding Code Violations

No one likes to hear that they have a code violation. That being said, Lansing’s Code Enforcement department exists to ensure that the homes are safe and healthy to live in, and that the property values of a neighborhood are protected. So make sure you and your neighbors’ properties are up to code with some of these steps:

  • Check out the Code Enforcement website. Here, you can find information on how to file a complaint, understand code violations, learn who your code enforcement officer is, and learn what steps to take to resolve code issues.
  • Code Enforcement officials are happy to come to your neighborhood and community meetings to provide information and answer questions on housing and enforcement. If you would like someone to come to your meeting, call the number listed below.
  • Learn exactly what Code Enforcement Officers are looking for by watching CEO Walter Allen on the job in this video.

For any specific questions, contact the Code Enforcement Office at 517-483-4361 or

Thanks for continuing to make Lansing a great place to live!



A Snow Reminder

While we’re getting closer and closer to Spring-time, snow is still a coming down here in Lansing!

Here are some friendly reminders about how to be a good neighbor and keep your neighborhood safe during snowy days.

  1. Whether you rent or own, snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall
  2. Keep your sidewalk clear
  3. Ask your neighbors if they need help shoveling their sidewalk
  4. Distribute salt around the neighborhood
  5. Keep your car off the street for plows to get through
  6. Organize a group to help others shovel or salt
  7. Lend your shovel to a neighbor
  8. Clear space on the curb for your garbage cans
  9. Make sure fire hydrants are clear

From all of us here at the Neighborhood Resource Team, we hope you have a safe, warm week! Happy Neighboring!

March is Here! Time to Think Ahead!

As spring and summer head towards us, it’s time to start thinking about what you will do to engage with the community and with the City during the warm season.

Here are a few reminders about upcoming City of Lansing Events:

Neighborhoods in Bloom (May 20th)

Neighborhoods in Bloom is an excellent way to gather your neighbors for a beautification project in your community. The City of Lansing will provide flowers for planting in your neighborhoods, which must be planted in a public area, such as a sidewalk or road divider.

Applications will be available starting March 23rd.

LOVE Lansing Celebration (May 30th):

This is a FREE celebration of neighbors, neighborhoods, and local organizations held at the Lansing Center. Come out and celebrate all the excellent work you’ve done, and that you will continue to do.

Registration will be available March 23rd, and you must register in advance. In the meantime, you can find additional information here.

Walking Wednesday- Schedule Today!

Walking Wednesdays will be held throughout the summer as a way to display your neighborhood, connect with City of Lansing staff, and address issues that need City attention. Please contact Erika Campbell to schedule today.

One more thing….

In addition to these City-sponsored events, now is a great time to consider what kinds of events your neighborhood organization will hold or take part in this year. If you’re a leader, assemble your community organization to begin these talks, and if you’re a community member, reach out to your neighborhood organization to offer your ideas, volunteer, or give other support to the organization.

Feel free to reach out to the Neighborhood Resource Team to assist in planning, idea generation, or general support. Take a look at the City of Lansing’s Neighborhood Handbook (found on the City website) for event ideas and logistical reminders.

Happy Planning!

February Updates: 2/20-2/25

Hello Neighborhood Leaders!

Below please find a few reminder dates of events occuring this week, as well as ongoing projects to participate in:

-Thursday 2/23 (6pm) and Friday 2/24 (8am and noon), the Neighborhood Resource Team is hosting the monthly Leaders in Neighborhood and Community Service (LiNCS) meetings at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center. We look forward to seeing our regular attendees as well as new and eager faces. Stop by and participate in our neighbor-led dialogues on all topics related to neighborhoods and proactive neighboring practices.

-Baker Neighborhood Group’s Youth Advisory Board is meeting at 10am on Saturday 2/25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. All interested youth in the Baker Neighborhood area are welcome to attend and brainstorm on ideas about how to better their neighborhood.

-Don’t forget to schedule your Walking Wednesday for this year! Contact Erika Campbell today:

-Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @lansinglyb and Instagram: lansingloveyourblock for live updates on the citizen led, city-supported initiatives that are strengthening Lansing neighborhoods each day.

As always, feel free to contact our team directly, and happy neighboring!

The Love Your Block 2017 Grant Application is Live!

Lansing Love Your Block Year 2’s Grant Application is Live!

Applications are due Friday, February 10, 2017, to the Neighborhood Resource Coordinator.

Grant Workshops are on January 12th (6-8pm at Neighborhood Empowerment Center, 600 W Maple) and 18th (5:30-7:30pm at Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E Kalamazoo St)

The Neighborhood Resource Team is of service to you in the completion of this application. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.

Follow the below link and click on “Lansing Love Your Block Application” on the far top right side.

City of Lansing Neighborhoods Page