The Dangerous Buildings / Demolition Division responds to complaints of dangerous buildings, prepares cases to obtain a demolition order from City Council and engages demolition contractors in the removal of dangerous and abandoned structures in accordance with the Michigan Housing Law and City of Detroit Ordinance 290-H.
New Community Tool
Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department has published an new interactive online map showing city council-approved demolitions in the city of Detroit. The map was created by Data Driven Detroit with funding from the Living Cities/Woodward Corridor Initiative.

Data from the past several years can be displayed in three categories (Approved, In Process, Demolished) and will be refreshed on a quarterly basis. The self-help tool allows the community to research dangerous buildings in their neighborhoods and includes a feedback form so that users can report issues or errors to the department.

Did You Know?
There is a process to approve a structure for demolition which requires a vote of City Council. Approved demolitions, where a funding source has been identified, are then put out to bid. The actual demolition and final-grading of the site can be completed in a few days. The process allows for appropriate notification, funding, approvals and clearances as well as oversight to ensure a safe and complete demolition.

Once a contractor is cleared to begin active demolition of a large commercial property, such as the Arnold Home on Seven Mile Road at Southfield, there are five phases in the process which typically take 60+ days to complete. 


2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 434
Detroit, MI 48226

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
             Monday - Friday

Supervisor: Dilip Patel
Phone: 844-DET-DEMO


Request for Dangerous Building Inspection .pdf

Request To Defer Demolition Order Application Form .pdf
If your building was determined to be dangerous and is set to be demolished, you can defer the demolish order. 

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