Administrative Hearings Bureau

About the AHB

Established on January 1st, 2005, the City of Jackson's Administrative Hearings Bureau (AHB) addresses concerns within the community stemming from what is termed "blight."  The City defines blight as a condition that impairs, destroys, or deteriorates the property because of its decay, improper storage, or effect on property or quality of life including, but not limited to, such things as garbage, junk, noxious weeds, inoperative vehicles, and waste. 

The purpose of the AHB is to improve the quality of life within the community and improve compliance with the applicable sections of the City's Code of Ordinances.  In furtherance of this goal, the City seeks to work in cooperation with residents through AHB proceedings to provide attractive neighborhoods through practical code enforcement.

An AHB is authorized under Michigan Complied Laws 117.4q, et seq.

AHB Meetings

The 2021 AHB Schedule (PDF) is available online. 

AHB Dockets are posted in the City's Agenda Center and are available to view before meetings. Any updates about meetings, such as cancelations, are posted on the City Meeting and Event Calendar

Meetings generally take place on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor City Council Chambers at Jackson City Hall.   

COVID-19 Guidelines


The AHB has established COVID-19 guidelines for its meetings. 

Please be advised that when attending a hearing scheduled in the Administrative Hearings Bureau, the following guidelines must be practiced:

  1. Face coverings will be required by persons attending an AHB hearing (unless unable to medically tolerate) as required under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020‐115 section 6(b);

  2. Social distancing of six (6) feet should be maintained at all times when inside City Hall;

  3. Hand sanitizer will be available;

  4. Bring your own pen or writing instruments to use during the hearing;

  5. Avoid touching public door handles without the use of a sleeve, gloves, pulls, etc., if possible;

  6. If hearing attendees are experiencing any COVID‐19 related symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, or cough or any other illness of any kind whatsoever, notify one of the departments described on this page and your hearing will be rescheduled without penalty.

Please contact the City Attorney’s Office at (517) 788‐4050 or the Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations at (517) 788‐4060 prior to your scheduled hearing date if you have any questions or concerns regarding your appearance at City Hall.

Some common blight violations are:

  • Building Code Violations
  • Housing Code Violations
  • Zoning Violations
  • Grass and Weeds
  • Trash on the Property
  • Indoor Furniture on Lawn
  • Snow/Ice Not Cleared on Sidewalk
  • Signage

Contact Us

  1. Email
    Phone: (517) 768-6437

    3rd Floor City Hall
    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201


    AHB Hearings are generally organized from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on three Wednesdays out of each month in the 2nd Floor City Hall Council Chambers, 161 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.

    AHB Officers

    • William Thompson
    • Charles Falahee
    • John Kane