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Welcome to the Code Enforcement Division of Building Services where our mission is to:
Build community support in our efforts to ensure residential, commercial, and industrial properties are maintained in a safe and healthy condition.
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The Code Enforcement Division enforces Municipal Code maintenance regulations identified in the of Oakland Municipal Code (OMC Chapter) 8.24, 15.08 and Title 17:
• Blight (mattresses, trash, debris, furniture, appliances recyclables, hazardous weeds, graffiti; garbage can stored in public view etc.)
• Building Code (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.) including construction or change of occupancy without permits.
• Zoning (unpermitted business in residential neighborhoods, illegal signs)
• Vacant buildings and lots (deteriorated, abandoned, hazardous).
• Foreclosed and Vacant Registration Program
• Garbage cans stored in public view
• Fencing (over 6 Ft)
• Razor/Wire/ Barbed Wire
Code Enforcement uses progressive enforcement to follow up on complaints:
• Courtesy Notice – Initial reports of minor property violations are sent a Courtesy Notice that describes the alleged violation. No inspection of the property is conducted. The property owner has three (3) weeks to respond to the notice and may certify that the violations are unfounded or have been corrected by returning the Owner Certification form with photographs. By signing the Owner Certification form, the owner also agrees to maintain the property in the future without additional notices.
• Blight Posting – Major property violations are inspected by Code Enforcement to verify the allegation. If verified, a Blight Posting is displayed that advises the property owner to contact Code Enforcement Inspector within two (2) weeks to discuss the violations and the necessary steps to abate the violations.
• Notice to Abate – Once the Blight Posting period has expired and there is no contact from the property owner, a re-inspection is conducted and a Notice of Violation is mailed to the property owner. Assessments of inspection and administrative fees begin at this level.
• Foreclosed and Vacant Registration Program –Banks and other lenders are responsible for maintaining properties while in foreclosure or default. Unsecured, blighted properties are an attractive nuisance for trespassers and illegal dumping. Foreclosed and vacant defaulted properties must display owner contact information in the front window of the property. The property must remain clear of trash, debris and secured at all times. Registration of the property includes a $568.00 registration fee, an inspection report and maintenance plan (OMC Chapter 1.12). For more information (click here)
• Substandard Public Nuisance –Hazardous and unsafe condition; including landslides, structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical damage, may trigger the most stringent enforcement action of declaring the property Substandard/Public Nuisance and assessing penalties and citations.
• Cleanup Boardup Program – Major blight violations that are not abated by the property owner may be abated by private contractors hired by the City. Code Enforcement uses every resource to notify and contact property owners before cleaning the property. Contractor, inspection and administrative fees are charged and liened, and will be collected with the property taxes.
• Violation Appeal – Property owners who receive an initial Notice to Violation are provided with a Violation Appeal form that allows them the opportunity to refute the City’s allegation of code enforcement violations at an appeal hearing with an independent hearing officer.
• Billing Appeal – Property owners may also appeal fees and liens at an appeal hearing with an independent hearing officer.