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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. a2gov.org/market


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. a2gov.org/parks

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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 etrakit.a2gov.org, 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 unit, headed by planning manager Brett Lenart, serves as the staff for the planning commission, historic district commission, and design review board. Development proposals currently under review can be found at a2gov.org/planning, and zoning information may be found at a2gov.org/zoning.

Construction inspections/building. (734) 794-6263. This unit, headed by building official Glen Dempsey, reviews plans for proposed construction, enforces state building codes, and inspects all permitted construction within the city. Building permits are required for all new construction, alterations, additions, decks and fences, and almost all repairs. Fees are based on the cost and scope of the project. Call or look online for details. a2gov.org/departments/build-rent-inspect/building/Pages/default.aspx

The Permit desk (734) 794-6267 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.

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.

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