Phone:  (419) 609-1435

Fax:  (419) 609-1410

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Building Department

Code Enforcement FAQ

1.  What does the Code Enforcement Officer do?

a.  The Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for enforcing the International Property Maintenance Code throughout the Township. Code Enforcement activities contribute to safe, healthy, sustainable communities and preservation of water quality and natural resources. The Department strives to maintain a balance between enforcement and compliance by engaging in a community-oriented approach geared toward achieving voluntary compliance. Code Enforcement staff use administrative, civil and criminal remedies to address and resolve code violations.

2. How Do I report a code violation?

a.  In person: Our office is located at 2610 Columbus Ave. Office hours are 8 a.m. through 4

     p.m. Monday through Friday

b.  Telephone: Our telephone number is (419) 609-1435. Anyone wishing to speak with a

     staff person may call this number between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday

     through Friday. If you reach our voicemail you may leave your complaint information

     there. Complaints may also be recorded at this same telephone number 24 hours a day,

     seven days a week.

c.   By email:

d.  Online: Complaints may be filed online 24 hours a day, seven days a week by using the

     Online Code Enforcement Form.

3. I reported a complaint, how long will it take to have an investigation?

a.  Depending on our work load, usually within three (3) business days.

4. Do complainants have to identify themselves?

a.  Complainants do not have to identify themselves; although if they would like an

     inspector to contact them regarding the status of the investigation, their name and

     daytime phone number are necessary.

5. What are the enforcement procedures?

a.  Complaint received & Inspection Conducted

b.  Notice left at residence or sent to violator allowing time for correction

c.  Re-inspection conducted with follow-up documentation

d.  Penalties and Abatement ordered if violations not corrected.

6.  What happens if I have a violation?

a.  Once a violation has been observed, it is the intent of Code Enforcement to have the

     resident/property owner come into voluntary compliance. To accomplish this, the

     resident is normally given 7-21 days to take whatever action is requested to correct the

     problem. On the scheduled compliance date, a follow-up inspection is conducted. If the

     violation is still on the property additional steps may be approved to gain compliance.

     For instance, an attempt to contact responsible party may be made in person or via

     telephone and a “Sorry I Missed You” note or business card may be left at the front door

     asking the resident to call the Inspector. It is also possible that a civil court process may

     be initiated.

7.  What are the most common violations in the Township?

a.  Tall Grass & Weeds

b.  Non-operational vehicles and/or Parking on Unimproved Surfaces

c.  Peeling Paint, Excessive Trash or Rubbish

8.  What can I do if I get a notice and do not understand the violation

a.  Call your inspector. The top portion of the notice contains the phone number of the

     Code Enforcement Office. We encourage you to call, not only if you have received a

     violation, but to answer any questions you may have regarding your neighborhood.

     Code Enforcement is here to work with you to ensure that our community will remain a

     highly valued place to live.

2610 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870