Address: Third Floor
Melvin Municipal Office Building
300 W. Washington St.
The Residential Dwellings section of the City's Minimum Housing Code, Chapter 11, requires homeowners and landlords to maintain their homes/ properties to a minimum standard. Regardless of whether housing is owner- or tenant-occupied, it must meet the minimum standards.
The code states that structures must be maintained in a condition that makes the housing premises safe, sanitary, and fit for human habitation.
City Code Compliance Inspectors check property to ensure structures meet the minimum standards outlined in the code. Violations may range from repairable situations such as broken windows to major structural integrity issues.
There are nearly 131,000 residential addresses in Greensboro city limits.
Review the status of current Minimum Housing Code cases.
The City has transitioned to a new code compliance management system (linked to 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.
If you believe code violations exist in a dwelling, 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
- Another government agency rep (fire, police, etc.)
- Five or more Greensboro residents who together sign a petition for inspection.
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 20 days.
- The property owner may then be given an order to make repairs in 30 days.
- The property owner could be given up to two 30-day extensions to complete the job if the Code Compliance Inspector sees “reasonable and continual progress toward compliance.” However, fees will be charged for each extension period.
- Compliance achieved? The case is closed.
- Compliance not achieved? The case goes before the Minimum Housing Standards Commission for review. The commission may order either of these decisions:
- Repair, alter or improve the issue
- Remove or demolish the building if the cost of repair would exceed 65 percent of its current value.
In emergency cases, where there is apparent immediate danger to the life, health, or safety of any person or to the safety of other property, a Code Compliance Inspector may issue a 48-hour Repair or Vacate notice. This would be done if any of the following conditions exist:
- Broken, burst, or inoperable plumbing or no water service
- Unsafe or exposed wiring or no electrical service
- Dangerous cooking or heating equipment or conditions
- Dangerous fuel storage equipment or fuel supply lines
- Any unclean or unsanitary condition.
If the structure is not repaired within 48 hours, the inspector may order the structure closed for occupancy and unfit for human habitation.