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Environmental Affairs

The purpose of Environmental Affairs is to conserve and protect the natural resources (water, air, and land resources) of the City of Detroit in the interests of the health, safety and welfare of the people, to promote improved social and economic conditions, and to protect limited environmental resources for the future benefit of Detroit residents.  This is done through coordinated efforts with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as community groups and citizens.  Environmental Affairs is here to serve the public trust by enforcing environmental regulations through policy and inspections. 

Environmental Emergency Contact Information

An environmental emergency is a sudden threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water.

Report after hours environmental emergencies to: (313) 350-1384

If your matter is not an emergency but you would like to report an issue, please use Improve Detroit or (313) 876-0426

Do you have questions?

Email Environmental Affairs at [email protected]


You can find more about each area by clicking on the links below.

Air Quality

Including Bulk Solid Material Storage 

Brownfield Redevelopment 
Environmental Enforcement
Host Community Agreement
Right of Entry 
Special Interest


If you would like to make a complaint about illegal dumping, other solid waste issues, or tall grass/weeds submit a complaint on Improve Detroit.