Walls can be used to protect homes from an intruder, and some states have begun installing them in residential neighborhoods.
But the state of Michigan recently announced it was banning the use of wall coverups in residential areas.
“The state is prohibiting the use or sale of decorative wall covers that can conceal or obscure the location of intruders,” state health commissioner Barbara Rauner wrote in a letter to homeowners.
“Wall coverings that conceal the location, size, or shape of intruding intruders will not be allowed.”
Rauner said that her office has received more than 50 reports of homeowners in Michigan refusing to remove wall coverup walls after a rash of burglaries, shoplifting, and other crimes.
The Michigan Department of Health, Labor and Inspections (MHIL) has said that it has received nearly 500 complaints from homeowners over the past two years about wall cover-ups.
“These wall cover up incidents are not uncommon, and many homeowners are unaware that the wall cover ups are not appropriate for their situation,” Rauners letter reads.
“We encourage you to consider purchasing wall cover and wall cover systems that will provide you with a secure and effective barrier to protect your home.”
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARED) has also begun regulating decorative wall cover for the same reason.
“If the walls have decorative decorations ornaments, they may be considered decorative in a state that has laws prohibiting decorative decorations,” the USDA’s website reads.
“It may also be a violation of state law to use decorative wall decorations in a commercial or industrial setting.”
In addition, if you use decorative decorations, you should be aware that the use and sale of these decorations may violate state and federal law.
“The USDA website states that it is a federal law, but that it can be complicated.”
Some states have specific laws regarding the placement of decorative decorations and other decorations that may be decorative in nature,” the website reads, “and you should contact your local or state attorney general for assistance in determining if there is a specific state law prohibiting the placement and/or display of decorative decoration in a residential setting.””
The USDA also encourages you to educate yourself about the legal implications of using decorative decorations in residential settings.
“A new law passed by the Michigan legislature could make it easier for homeowners to avoid costly and unnecessary decorations.
State Rep. Mike Gatto (R) introduced House Bill 596, which would require that homeowners who are using decorative wall decor, ornament, or other decorative items that can be visible in the exterior of their homes, apply for a permit from the Michigan Department for Community Preservation and Urban Design.
A bill that would make it a misdemeanor to use or sell a decorative wall or ornament without a permit.
In addition to requiring a permit, the bill would require the department to notify the homeowner and to report any complaints within 45 days.
Gatto said that homeowners would be able to opt out of the rule by calling the department’s toll-free number at 1-800-436-2556.
A similar bill that was introduced in the Michigan House would allow homeowners to refuse to remove decorative wall and ornament decorations from their homes without a complaint.
House Bill 599 would make the homeowner responsible for any decorative ornamency or other material that was placed on the property and would require any homeowners who choose not to remove a decorative or ornament on their property to pay a fine of up to $500 and/ or a civil penalty of up $5,000.