1. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?
No. However, we do have some general guidelines that we ask
residents to follow:
No balloons, banners or extra fanfare
Traffic and parking must be maintained in an orderly
Signs are to be placed on the premises only.
Signs are not permitted to be posted on traffic signs,
utility poles or to block the vision of intersections.
Please remove any signs that are put out each day at the
end of the sale.
Limit the number of sales to 2-3 per year.
No outside merchandise may be brought in for the sale.
2. Can I store my boat, RV, motor-home, and/or trailer on
No, this is prohibited per our Open Storage Ordinance, Sec.
42-5.5. However, we do try to offer some leniency to our
residents if you call to notify us in advance that you will be
bringing a boat, RV, or trailer, etc. home for a few days to
make repairs and/or prepare for a vacation, etc. In these
instances, we will allow the afore-mentioned item(s) to remain
on site for a few days only, providing we do not receive any
complaints from other residents. The storage of these items
inside a garage is permitted.
3. Are bonfires and/or firepits permitted within the
Bonfires, as well as the burning of trash, leaves, or
construction materials, etc., are prohibited. However, the
Township does allow the burning of wood in a "small container
manufactured for the purpose of containing small recreational
fires." Please refer to our Fire Code, Chapter 16, Article II,
Sec. 16-27 for the conditions that apply to this Ordinance.
4. I think my neighbor is running a business out of
his/her home. Is this allowed?
Our Zoning Ordinance was amended in 2010 to allow home
occupations, providing that the following criterion are met:
No employees, other than the residents of the home,
shall be employed at or located on the premises.
No signage, advertising device or other items implying
the existence of a home business may be on the site
No outside storage of any kind related to the home
It cannot create a nuisance, such as noise, vibration,
fumes, odor, dust, litter, electrical interference or other
Traffic and delivery of goods created by the home
occupation cannot be greater than would normally be expected
in a residential neighborhood.
Refer to our Clearzoning Ordinance, Sec.42-4.43 for
additional information and/or details.
5. My neighbor continually puts their trash out early
and/or leaves their cans out after our scheduled pick up day.
Is this allowed?
Trash is allowed to be put out at the curb as early as
noon the day before your scheduled pick up day. All trash
containers are to be removed within 12 hours following
6. Does the Township allow fences?
We would encourage you to check with your homeowners
association first to find out what their restrictions may be.
The Township does allow fences up to four (4) ft. in height,
restricted to side and rear yards only. This type of fencing
will only require a permit from the Township’s Building
Division. However, anything over four (4) ft. in height or
within a front yard will require approval from the Zoning
Board of Appeals prior to being installed, in addition to a
permit. Please note: All fences to be utilized for the
purpose of containing a dog(s) will be required to get
approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, in addition to a
permit, even if they meet our animal containment setback
requirements (16 ft. from side lot lines & 25 ft. from rear
property lines). The only EXCEPTION to this rule is invisible
fencing, which only requires a permit, as long as it complies
with our animal containment setback requirements (as noted
above). For more information on animal containment, refer to
Ordinance Chapter 8, Article II.
7. Can I put a shed in my yard?
Sheds are considered an accessory structure; therefore
Zoning Board of Appeals approval must be obtained prior
to installation (regardless of size or location). If the
Zoning Board of Appeals approves your request, then a permit
must be obtained through our Building Division. Before
installing any structure (such as a trellis, statue,
sculpture, retaining/landscape walls, etc.), contact the
Ordinance Division to find out what approvals may be
necessary. In addition, we would encourage you to check with
your homeowners association first to find out what their
restrictions may be.
8. My neighbor’s tree fell onto my property. Whose
responsibility is it to clean it up and/or remove the tree?
The Township does not become involved in these types of
situations. If this is not something you can come to an
agreement on with your neighbor, then this will become a civil
matter between you, and you will need to seek court action for
9. How can I get my neighbor to cut his grass?
Bloomfield Township has a weed ordinance that allows grass
to grow eight (8) inches. Anything taller than that is a
violation of the ordinance and can be dealt with by contacting
the Ordinance Division. If it is a vacant home, the Division
will make an effort to contact the responsible party. If no
response is received, the Township will hire a crew to cut the
grass every two weeks until a responsible party comes forward
to maintain the property.
10. I want to cut some trees on my property. Is this
The Township has an extensive Tree Preservation ordinance
that regulates tree removal. Trees contribute to the character
of the community and are an important asset to our ecosystem.
Many different factors contribute to the allowance of tree
removal and in some cases a tree permit will be required.
Violations of this ordinance can be costly, so it is
imperative that you contact the Township prior to any cutting.
Refer to the Clearzoning Ordinance Sec. 45-5.14 for the
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