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Ann Arbor Farmers Market

315 Detroit [map]
(734) 794-6255

Open-air market in the Kerrytown district has more than 120 vendors selling local produce, herbs, flowers, plants, meat, eggs, jam, coffee, chocolate, cheese, specialty foods, baked goods, and honey, as well as handicrafts. Open year-round, May-Dec. Wed. & Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jan.-Apr. Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Also, Sunday Artisan Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food truck rallies, 1st Wed. of the month, May-Oct. 5-8 p.m. Vendor applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Office of Community & Economic Development, (OCED), of Washtenaw County

415 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, 2nd floor [map]
(734) 544-6748

Works to enhance the vitality of Washtenaw County by developing opportunities for all residents to choose living wage employment, quality housing, stable neighborhoods, and community resources.

Programs include: Michigan Works! Service Center, (734-714-9814), providing resume and job search assistance, employment training, and youth employment programs; Weatherization & Home Rehabilitation, (734-622-9036), providing income eligible county homeowners and renters with free energy efficiency improvements, as well as assisting eligible county property owners with rehabilitations, emergency repairs, and accessibility ramps; and Human Services, (734-481-2101), providing emergency services such as eviction prevention and utility and food assistance, a foster grandparent program, (734) 222-3767 and the senior nutrition program Meals on Wheels. OCED also refers potential homebuyers to the Washtenaw Housing Education Partners for housing education and counseling.

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Parks & Recreation

2781 Packard, Customer Service Office, Cobblestone Farm [map]
(734) 794-6230

This unit, managed by Colin Smith, plans and manages city parks, swimming pools, golf courses, canoe liveries, and ice rinks, plus several community centers and other facilities, park shelter reservations, natural area preservation, and registration for programs and activities.

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Planning & Development

301 E. Huron, City Hall, 1st floor [map]
(734) 794-6267

This unit administers and enforces land development ordinances, coordinates site plan review, prepares the city master plan in collaboration with the city planning commission, enforces building codes and ordinances, inspects rental property, coordinates activities of the planning and historic district commissions and city appeal boards, and issues various permits and licenses.

A development review and inspection services software application, eTRAKiT, is available at, or by calling (734) 794-6267. Users can search for permits, schedule inspections, see inspection results, and check the status of registrations with the city.

Planning. (734) 794-6265. The planning unit serves as the staff for the planning commission, historic district commission, and design review board. Development proposals currently under review can be found at, and zoning information may be found at Individuals concerned about a development proposal are encouraged to contact the planning and development unit or attend a public hearing on the proposal. See Boards & Commissions for information on the planning commission's agendas and meeting schedules.

Construction inspections/building. (734) 794-6263. Reviews plans for any proposed construction, enforces state building codes, and inspects all permitted construction within the city. The new building official, Glen Dempsey, joined the city staff in December of 2015.

Permits are required for all new construction and for alterations, additions, attached or detached garages or carports (unless 200 square feet or smaller, and detached), decks, fences, sheds larger than 200 square feet, and any repairs whose estimated cost is more than $600. Permits are also required for the installation of any electrical, plumbing, heating or refrigeration work. Contractors must submit an application form and two drawings of the proposed work. Applications are reviewed for compliance with code and safety requirements. Fees are based on the cost and scope of the project. Homeowners are allowed to apply for building permits but must file an affidavit affirming they are doing the work themselves and must meet with inspectors. Inspector staff offices hours are Mon.-Fri., 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. (however, not all inspectors are in the office at this time). The permit desk (734) 794-6267 also issues permits for sidewalk occupancy, barricades, events such as races, parades, rallies, street closings, and permits to work in the public right-of-way; conducts exams and issues licenses for sewer installers; and administers licenses for peddlers and solicitors, including charitable organizations. The permit desk cash register closes at 4 p.m.

Rental housing. (734) 794-6264. The rental housing section, managed by Lisha Turner-Tolbert, registers and inspects all rental properties approximately every 30 months. Tenants may request additional inspections for specific problems. Buildings not in compliance with the city's housing ordinance cannot legally be rented or occupied. Rental property owners who don't have an office within 25 miles of the city are required to hire a local agent.

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Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs

2155 Hogback [map]
(734) 973-4540

Provides assistance to veterans, their survivors, and dependents to complete and file claims for federal, state, and local benefits which results in monthly VA entitlements, financial assistance, and burial reimbursements. Emergency financial grants for food, utilities, and shelter; veteran health care information; substance abuse referrals; and employment referrals. Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am to 12:00 pm for Walk-In; and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment only. Staff in the office 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (click on Government, Departments, then Veterans Affairs).

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