Property Maintenance & Enforcement
To improve neighborhoods through enforcement of property maintenance codes, housing codes, and elimination of distressed and deteriorated structures.
What We Do
The Property Maintenance Division strives to ensure public safety, health and welfare through enforcement of housing codes and property maintenance codes. The Division provides reasonable safeguards to ensure that existing structures are safe to occupy and use.
It is to our community's benefit to keep all properties properly maintained and to encourage and assist our neighbors who may be struggling to do the same. A property that is not well maintained impacts property values and has a negative effect on quality of life for surrounding neighbors.
The Property Maintenance Division, which enforces compliance with the Property Maintenance Code and the City's Zoning Code, handles several thousand complaints annually. The Division includes three full-time property maintenance inspectors, one seasonal inspector. The City encourages citizen participation to raise expectations regarding code enforcement.
Notice of violation service may be accomplished by any of the following:
- By posting notice on the property which the nuisance is located.
- Issuing notice by mail to the owner of record, at the address filed with the Cole County Assessor's Office, and if applicable, the occupant.
- If the address of the owner is not known, the service will be made by posting and by publication.
- By any other legal process pursuant to law.
The City may abate the nuisance if the owner and/or occupant fails to abate the nuisance violation within a described time period. Any costs incurred by the City in the abatement of a nuisance will be certified by the City Clerk in form of a special tax bill or assessment against the property. In addition to the abatement charges, the City Clerk will impose a fee of $250.00 to cover the City's administrative costs for abating the nuisance.
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (573) 634-6410
Fax: (573) 634-6457