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Except where an immediate hazard exists, compliance actions begin with a written complaint or email from a citizen or another public agency. View our Ordinance Enforcement Complaint Form (PDF).
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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.
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.
Except for issues where an immediate threat to health and safety exist, initial inspection of the site will normally occur within 5 to 10 business days. Resolutions, however, can take weeks, months, and sometimes longer depending upon the complexity and legal ramifications involved.