The Code of Ordinances sets forth standards for how property should be maintained within the city limits, in order to promote the health, stability, and property values of our neighborhoods. When property does not meet those minimum requirements, the city can act through a variety of methods to obtain compliance and, if compliance is not possible, abatement of the problem.
- Did you just receive a violation letter? Here's the steps you should take to avoid prosecution or expense.
- Want to report a problem property? The 3-1-1 Call Center is your one-stop-shop! Just call 3-1-1 or use their online reporting form.
- If you want to check on the status of a case you have already reported, the PeopleSoft online interface will give you a basic overview of the case history.
- Dangerous buildings, such as those weakened by fire or neglect, are the most extreme housing code violations we face. Owners who do not repair or demolish the structure can face heavy bills from the city's cost of making the property safe.
- For safety reasons, structures that are open to entry must be boarded immediately, either by the property owner or the city. Every effort is made to use the property records, including the vacant property registry and the rental property registry, but if necessary the city will utilize their contractors to secure the building, and bill the owner afterward.
- Not sure if what you see is a violation? Tour our interactive "bad house" to learn about common code violations.
- Forgot who your area inspector is, or did they change recently? Check this map (11MB PDF; it will help if you know your neighborhood area)
- Nuisance violations such as high weeds or illegally dumped trash are often abated rapidly by the city and billed back to the property owner. It is much cheaper for owners to take care of the problem themselves; mowing bills alone can run to hundreds of dollars!
- If a residential structure such as a house or apartment building is deemed unfit for occupancy, an Order to Vacate can be issued by a city inspector. The owner or their designated agent will need to obtain a work access permit to enter the structure to perform the necessary repairs. Once sufficient improvement has taken place, the Order can be rescinded and a Certificate of Reoccupancy can be issued.
- Violations can be appealed within 10 days of the date on the notice letter; contact Neighborhood Preservation at 816-513-9010 to start the process.
- If you need assistance, you may want to look at the home repair programs that the city has available at times throughout the year.
- The Jackson County Land Trust takes ownership of abandoned properties if they do not sell on the courthouse steps; those properties are maintained for weed and other nuisance violations by the City as needed and as funds allow.