Division of Code Enforcement

This division inspects structures in order to enforce building, housing and zoning codes. In addition to inspecting for new construction and alterations, it investigates complaints, obtains warrants, addresses structures which are not in code compliance, and prosecutes code enforcement cases, representing the City in building-related civil matters before Board of Building Standards.

How the Code Violation Notice Process Works

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Once a complaint is received an exterior property inspection is conducted. If the complaint is valid, a violation notice is issued to the owner. The City has identified Concentrated Inspection Areas where inspectors inspect property in a proactive, more systematic manner. Inspections are also made resulting from complaints received.

If violations exist, a violation notice is issued giving the property owner time to make corrections. If violations are not corrected in consultation with the Department of Law, legal proceedings can be initiated against the property owner. For minor misdemeanor violations inspectors have the ability to issue tickets.

Ordinances Concerning Code Violations:

Building Code: Enforcement and Penalty
Building Code: Permits and Occupancy Certificates
Zoning Code: Enforcement and Penalty
Zoning Code: Specialized Uses Regulated
Zoning Code: Off-Street Parking and Loading
Zoning Code: Nonconforming Use
Zoning Code: Fence Regulations
Zoning Code: Outdoor Signs and Displays
Housing Code: Residential Occupancy Standards
Housing Code: Rental Dwelling Standards
Housing Code: Rooming Occupancy Standards
Housing Code: Enforcement and Penalty