The property maintenance code is a nationally recognized standard by which the City can protect the minimum health, safety, and maintenance requirements for existing buildings, structures, and property. City inspectors rely on the 2012 International Building Code for guidance when conducting any inspection or following up on a complaint. The code sets a minimum standard for the upkeep of neighborhoods and commercial areas in an effort to prevent public nuisances such as the accumulation of trash, high weeds, dilapidated porches, and derelict vehicles.
Anonymous complaints can be reported to the inspector by calling (618) 251-3100. Property owners in violation of the property code are notified in writing of the reasons for violation and allowed a reasonable time period to comply. Even though inspectors make every effort to work with property owners, for those who choose not to comply with the code the City has full authority to issue fines or prosecute.