Department of Public Works - Maps and Records


Status changes in the public right-of-way (streets and alleys) require the resolution/approval of City Council and may require additional permits. The types of status changes include:

  • Berm Use
  • Conversion to Easement
  • Dedication
  • Encroachment
  • Outright Vacation
  • Temporary Closing

Select link for a Definition of Terms


Do you need help discovering the status of your alley?  Follow the link to find City of Detroit: Street and Alley Vacations.  Once the page opens please read the description and then select 'Open in  Map Viewer'. 

You may search the map by inputting your address into the search.  If  no color features appear over your street or alley that means no action has occurred to legally vacate your street or alley and it is currently open for public use.  

If no information is displaying, please make sure the map layer is turned ON by selecting the checkbox next to the City of Detroit: Street and Alley Vacation option in your Content window. 




As of the fall of 2020 our team has started a review of Detroit's 208 unique neighborhoods with the intention of identifying which alleys are eligible to be vacated.  Upon the completion of each neighborhood review a notice will be sent out to property owners to inform them that their property abuts an alley that has been selected for vacation.  Property owners will have the right to support or object to the vacation at the City Council hearing when the resolution is proposed.  


Currently under review:  Bagley Neighborhood


Please follow the link below to request a consultation for your project.  You will be contacted to schedule a meeting either by phone or in person to discuss planning by a member of the Maps and Records Team.  Please provide a description of the right-of-way and the reason for the request.




 Download Cartographic Surveys - Select link > Read Description > Select to Open in Map Viewer.

This layer acts as an index for downloadable Cartographic Surveys.  Each feature contains an attachment available for download. The attached Cartographic Surveys belong to a collection created between 1948 and 1958. This collection visualizes platted subdivisions and non-platted sections within the City of Detroit.  The Cartographic Surveys do not indicate whether streets or alleys have been vacated, and does not include streets or alleys that have been dedicated after 1958. 


If you have further questions regarding right-of-way changes, contact the DPW-City Engineering Division, Maps & Records Bureau, at (313) 224-3970.  [email protected]