What is Ordinance Enforcement?
Rules governing the use of private property are intended to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of all citizens. The Building Department is responsible for enforcing the provisions of Township Ordinances, State Building Codes, and Property Maintenance Codes. Each ordinance also contains penalties that may be imposed when a property owner refuses to correct a cited violation.
Who may file a complaint and when may it be filed?
Any citizen may file a complaint whenever they observe conditions, uses of property, or structures that they suspect are improper. Knowledge of Ordinances or Codes is not required since the enforcement staff makes this evaluation. Misdirected complaints will be forwarded to the appropriate department or agency (i.e., Police, Fire, Public Services).
How is a complaint filed?
Except where an immediate hazard exists, compliance actions begin with a written complaint or e-mail from a citizen or another public agency. The appropriate form for filing a complaint can be acquired on our website or by visiting the Building Department.
What happens once I've submitted my written complaint
Except for issues where an immediate threat to health and safety exist, initial inspection of the site will normally occur within 5 - 10 business days. Resolutions, however, can take weeks, months, and sometimes longer depending upon the complexity and legal ramifications involved.