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CODE-INQUIRY: Structure Code Violations

Structure violations occur when an inspector notices a violation while in the field or a complaint is made about a residential or commercial structure.

What are substandard structure violations?

The inspector can cite exterior violations on the house and accessories (i.e. garage, shed, fence) which they deem to be substandard. 

Some examples of substandard structure violations are: 

  • Peeling Paint
  • Cracked Foundations
  • No Handrails
  • Collapsing roof/soffits
  • Broken Windows/Doors
  • Damaged/Missing Siding 
  • No gutters/downspouts

Inspectors can also cite interior violations.  Some examples of interior structure violations are: 

  • No smoke detectors
  • Plumbing issues 
  • Electrical Issues
  • Sagging floor
  • Collapsing drywall
  • No Utilities (no water, no gas, etc)
  • Non functional windows

What is the substandard structure violation process?

Depending on the severity of the needed repairs, the inspector may request the repairs to be completed in 24 hours, 10 days, or 30 days by sending a notice to the property owner. 

After 10 or 30 days, the inspector will return to the property to verify if the repairs have been completed. If the repairs have not been completed, the property owner may sign a repair agreement or may be ordered to attend a public hearing. 

How do I get more information on substandard structure violations?

You can obtain more information by calling 311. 

For 311:

  • If a complaint, please create an Accela online complaint
  • If the caller is referencing a letter they received, please transfer them to the inspector mentioned on the letter.
  • If the caller is referencing an existing/specific case, additional time is requested, or mentions an inspector by name, please to transfer to the Code Enforcement inspector. 

 

 

 

 

 

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