Local Laws and Ordinances

Local Laws

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 $500fine.

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, $100for a 2nd offense, $200 for a 3rd offense and $400 for a 4th offense.

Party Guidelines 

Common Party Offenses

    • Providing alcohol to a minor
    • Noise violations
    • Minor in possession of alcohol
    • Selling alcohol without a license, which includes cups
    • Littering
    • 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

Legal Assistance 

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.

  1. Mediation: an alternative resolution method that is inexpensive and has proven to be effective

  2. 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)

  3. 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.)

If you’ve received a ticket, please see the Got a Ticket? page for payment and contact details.
For Housing issues, see the Housing Legal Resources section.