The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to protect and improve the quality of life, health and welfare of the community through enforcement of the housing, health and zoning regulations. The Code Enforcement Division strives to keep all properties in compliance through education, community policing and building relationships with our citizens.
Service and Instructions
The Code Enforcement Division enforces ordinances which regulate Substandard Buildings, Abandoned premises, Securing of unoccupied buildings, Demolitions, Liens for city’s cost, Sanitary facilities and requirements, Lot Maintenance, Declaration of unfit dwellings, Business Regulations, Coin Operated Machines, Blocking of alleys and city right of way, Unsanitary conditions on private property, high weeds, inoperable motor vehicles, environmental spills and public nuisances.
These inspections are usually generated by complaints.
- Weedy lots
- Illegal dumping
- Junked vehicles
- Abandoned Homes
- Open Storage
- Abandoned Lots
- Sub-standard Homes
- Sanitary Facilities
- Fire Hazards
The Code Enforcement Division of Neighborhood Services enforces ordinances which regulate tall weeds, zoning, substandard structures, junk motor vehicles, and other property maintenance issues. When a violation is identified by code enforcement staff, property owners and occupants will be notified by mail. In some cases, public hearings must be held prior to any enforcement action. Other cases must be referred to the Municipal Court for prosecution.
Here are a few common ordinances. Home owners and tenants are equally responsible for the care of their premises.
Each type of complaint received by code enforcement staff has a specific process required by law and an inspector must verify the violation. Each case requires an average of approximately three inspections. Each case demands time and attention and may include follow up through a contract to clean, mow, or demolish.