Blight Ticket Appeal

The Blight Violation Notice (Ticket) states the specific violation, the date, time, and place that the alleged violation occurred, and payment options concerning the fine.

An appearance at a hearing is required to contest the alleged violation. Blight Violation Notices also state the date, time, and place of the scheduled hearing. Questions must be directed to the department that issued the violation. If it is believed that the citation was issued by mistake, it is strongly recommended to have all concerns addressed during the scheduled hearing. The consequences of ignoring a Blight Violation Notice may result in an uncontested decision and order of default being issued against the alleged violator.

You may also contact the Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) at:


and ask to speak to the Property Maintenance Division supervisor before the hearing date.


Citizens have a right to appeal the Department of Administrative Hearings (DAH) hearing officers' decisions to the Wayne County Circuit Court within 28 days of the date of the order. Written information about the procedures and forms for filing an appeal of an order or to set aside a DAH order of default can be picked up at:


Department of Appeals and Hearings

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue - Suite 124 Detroit, MI 48226
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Blight Clearance Applications: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Appeal Instructions and fillable forms are here:
  1. Procedures for Filing Appeals
  2. Claim of Blight Appeal
  3. Bond on Blight Appeal
  4. Court Hearing Transcript Order Form
  5. Third Circuit Court Filing Procedures