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Melvin Municipal Office Building
300 W. Washington St.
The Non-Residential Buildings and Structures section of the City's Minimum Housing Code, Chapter 11, outlines minimum standards and enforcement for maintenance, sanitation and safety of non-residential/commercial buildings and structures located within City limits.
Commonly referred to as the "Good Repair Ordinance," the ordinance adopts the International Property Maintenance Code as a guideline for minimum standards for non-residential buildings and structures. It also defines the investigation and enforcement process for bringing structures into compliance.
City Code Compliance Inspectors check structures to ensure they meet the minimum standards outlined in the Good Repair Ordinance.
There are more than 15,000 non-residential building/structure addresses in Greensboro city limits.
If you believe code violations exist in a non-residential/commercial building, you may request an inspection online here or call the Code Compliance office at 336-373-2111 or City Contact Center at 336-373-CITY (2489).
Who may initiate an inspection?
- A City inspector
- A building's landlord/owner
- A tenant of a business in that building
- A resident
- Another government agency rep (fire, police, etc.).
The City has transitioned to a new code compliance management system (linked above). The new software, which works best when accessed by Chrome and Safari browsers, allows you to view the status of code and zoning violations by address. The previous code compliance system is no longer accessible.
- A Code Compliance Inspector conducts an inspection of a structure within three to five business days following a complaint and contacts the property owner with the results.
- If the inspection reveals no violations, the complaint is dismissed.
- If the inspection reveals either one major or more than five minor violations, the property owner will be sent a notice to attend a hearing within 30 days.
- The property owner may then be given an order to take one of these actions within 30 days:
- Make repairs
- Close and secure the building/section of building affected to prevent public access
- Demolish the building if cost of repair would exceed 65 percent of its current value.
- The property owner could be given 30-day extensions to complete the job if the Code Compliance Inspector sees “reasonable and continual progress toward compliance.”
- Compliance achieved? The case is closed.
- Compliance not achieved? The case goes before the Minimum Housing Standards Commission for review. The commission may uphold the Code Compliance Inspector's initial order to repair, close or demolish the structure. If action is not taken by the property owner, the City may decide to repair or demolish the structure.
A major violation is any one of the following:
- Supporting walls or vertical studs that list, lean, buckle or are damaged or deteriorated to such an extent that the building is unsafe.
- Floors or roofs that have improperly distributed loads, are overloaded or aren't strong enough to be reasonably safe.
- Fire, wind, flood damage that makes the structure unsafe.
- Dilapidation, decay, unsanitary conditions, vermin or rat infestation, filth or contamination, or disrepair that's dangerous to the health, safety or welfare of the neighborhood.
- Inadequate exits in case of fire.
- Lake of adequate ventilation, electrical, illumination, or other essential equipment that's creates a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of the neighborhood.
A minor violation is any other violation outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code.
The City also has a "Good Repair" zoning ordinance, Article 7 of the City's Land Development Ordinance, that addresses the exterior appearance of buildings in the Central Business district.