Code Enforcement

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Purpose

 The quality, safety and aesthetic condition of housing and businesses in Albion are a reflection of community values. The physical condition of the city’s structures is unique compared to other infrastructure, in part, because it is both a product of community wealth and essential criteria to building prosperity. While the role of city government in establishing building codes is clearly to protect the best interests of the community as a whole, the crafting and enforcement of these codes must also respect the rights of individuals.

The purpose of encouraging residents to keep their houses up to minimum housing code standards is to maintain the appearance and safety of our community’s housing stock. Appearance violations emphasize the exterior, not because it is more important than interior issues, but because the general public is only presented with the exterior view of the property. Exterior issues expand beyond the structure itself, including inoperable vehicles, junk, trash and garbage cans. Maintaining a neat, cared-for appearance in a neighborhood is an important deterrent to crime. Studies have shown that neighborhoods that look run-down or "like no one cares or is paying attention," will attract more crime, from vandalism to petty theft and worse.

Responsibilities

Code Compliance officials work in neighborhoods to ensure compliance with the city’s housing code. The primary concern of these officials is helping property owners bring their property into compliance with the City Housing Code. In order to do this, they address many issues, including inoperable vehicles, junk and trash in yards, exterior housing violations, and interior housing violations on rental property and Neighborhood Enterprise Zone certifications.  By addressing these issues, they assist in making the city’s neighborhoods stronger and more attractive places to live. In situations in which a property owner is elderly, or does not have the financial resources to make repairs, the Code Compliance official will work with the individual to help him or her access assistance.

 

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Chief Scott Kipp
Director of Code Enforcement
112 W Cass St
Tel: (517) 629-2473
skipp@cityofalbionmi.gov

Liz Loomis
Code Enforcement Officer
112 W Cass St
Tel: (517) 629-7178
Fax: (517) 629-7454
eloomis@cityofalbionmi.gov

SAFEbuilt, LLC
Commercial & Residential Code Inspection Services
107 S. Capital Ave.
P.O. Box 190
Athens, MI 49011

Inspection Scheduling:
(877) 721-9266
Office: (269) 729-9244
Fax: 269-729-9254
athensmi@safebuilt.com