Outdoor Furniture: The City of East Lansing restricts all non-outdoor furniture in outdoor spaces, including any open porch, balcony, patio, or lawn. If you are found in violation, you will receive a warning giving you two to three days to remove the furniture. If the furniture is not removed, a ticket can be issued to carrying up to a $1,000 fine.
Noise: East Lansing prohibits noise which may disturb neighbors. After 11 p.m., the noise violation will be written as a misdemeanor offense. If a police officer determines your noise is too loud, a violation can be issued and may constitute a $500 fine.
Party Littering: A new, revised party litter ordinance allows Parking & Code Enforcement (PACE) officers to issue a ticket without issuing a prior warning if it is clear the litter was from the occupants/guests of the property and the offense is deemed serious. A tiered fine system for multiple party litter offenses on a property allows PACE officers to fine $50 for a 1st offense, $100 for a 2nd offense, $200 for a 3rd offense and $400 for a 4th offense.
Common Party Offenses
- Providing alcohol to a minor
- Noise violations
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Selling alcohol without a license, which includes cups
- Disorderly conduct
- Urinating in public
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated
You May Attract Police by:
- Being belligerent & noisy
- Letting underage people drink
- Allowing people to leave with open containers
- Having so many people over that your guests are urinating in neighbors’ yards, hanging out in the street or parking illegally
In the event you find yourself involved in a situation that seems unsolvable or difficult to navigate, seek legal assistance. There are a number of ways to seek legal assistance, all of which are designed to help lower income and less experienced people find fair solutions to their problems.
Mediation: an alternative resolution method that is inexpensive and has proven to be effective
ASMSU & COGS Legal Services: Specifically for MSU students who need legal counsel. (Note: ASMSU service list is in alphabetical order – please scroll down for Student Legal Services)
MSU College of Law Legal Clinics: For MSU Community members seeking help in a variety of areas (taxpayer law clinic, housing law clinic, immigration law clinic, etc.)