Each week the City Code Enforcer, Nick Barbour, drives every City street and records violations of the City’s ordinances. This entails personal contact (if possible), written documentation and digital photography. The Code Enforcer simultaneously investigates complaints generated by citizens.
Residents should be aware that our Code Enforcer will likely be wearing a shirt bearing the City logo, will carry City business cards, and will be driving a City vehicle. If there is ever any doubt about any City employee’s identity, please contact City Hall or the police department for verification.
Property owners in violation of a City ordinance may receive a knock at their door or a courtesy (form) letter in the mail detailing the violation with a time-line for correction. If the property owner fails to remedy the violation, a Notice of Violation will be issued. Failure to pay the Notice of Violation and remedy the situation will result in a Civil Infraction being issued and forwarded to the 63rd District Court, who will then issue a court date.
A few of the more common violations that are ticketable offenses include:
- House Numbers – The International Property Maintenance Code requires that “buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters a mimimum of 4″ in height.”
- Junk/Blight – Section 14-19 defines junk as discarded materials of any kind or materials which are incapable of performing the function for which they were manufactured or intended.
- Pools – The International Property Maintenance Code requires that pools, hot tubs and spas containing more than 24″ of water be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48″ in height above the finished ground level. Gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
- Rental Registrations – Section 10-70 states that all rental dwelling buildings shall be registered with the City. There is a fee for registration and inspection. We highly recommend you contact the City prior to renting any dwelling to insure it has passed inspection. Click Rental Registration Report for a list of rental properties registered with the City. If you do not see an address listed, please contact us.
- Inoperable Vehicles – Any vehicle not licensed for use upon the highway or in a state of disassembly or disrepair.
- Weeds – Section 14-180 of the ordinance requires property owners to keep their grass cut to less than 8″ in height.
Residents may submit complaints to the Code Enforcer at any time, but please understand that the process to remedy any given situation generally takes several weeks (or longer). Not every complainant will receive a personal phone call or letter as a follow-up. If you have received a courtesy letter and need additional time to remedy the situation, please contact the Code Enforcer immediately; the City makes every attempt to ensure the property rights of both the complainant and the violator.
The Code Enforcer holds regular office hours each Wednesday and may be reached by voice mail at 616.696.1330 ext. 341 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org