Code Administrator/Building Official
Office: (314) 513-5060
Fax: (314) 839-0249
Additional Contact Numbers:
Occupancy Inspections & Code Enforcement (314) 513-5032
Commercial Occupancy & Building Inspections (314) 513-5033
The purpose of the Code Enforcement Division is to promote and improve the safety, health and welfare of the citizens and occupants of Hazelwood through an effective pro-active code compliance program. City Code Enforcement Officers are responsible for the enforcement of Hazelwood codes, ordinances and regulations, including, but not limited to the Residential Occupancy Permit Program, Minimum Housing and Nuisance Violations and Building Codes and Ordinances. In addition to the above regulations, the Code Enforcement Division provides the following services plus much more to the community:
- Investigates complaints in a timely manner and takes appropriate action
- Investigates immediately all health and safety issues brought to their attention
- Provides information concerning Hazelwood codes and ordinances
- Assists citizens with compliance measures
- Assists in the enforcement of ordinances and laws regulating the construction industry
- Assists public with all matters relating to violations in a courteous and expeditious manner.
Residential Occupancy Permit Program
Since January 1, 2002, the City of Hazelwood Occupancy Permit program has been the City’s ongoing attempt to improve the safety, quality and maintenance of existing residential living units and property. The Occupancy Inspection Process is brought about by the change in the occupancy of any residential unit. Our nationally Certified Code Enforcement Officers perform inspections of both the interior and exterior of a property prior to re-occupancy. These compliance inspections are based on the requirements of the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, a globally recognized Code used throughout the United States. The main purpose of the Code is to protect the safety, health and welfare of the City’s inhabitants by assuring existing properties are brought into compliance with safety-oriented and maintenance requirements. The City of Hazelwood’s ultimate goal…safe and maintained places to Live, Work and Play. These Occupancy Inspections have helped maintain neighborhoods as well as the property values of existing homes in our community. They have also played a role in saving lives through the safety requirements for smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide detectors and ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).
Commercial/Industrial Occupancy Permits
The City of Hazelwood Code Enforcement also performs safety-oriented and maintenance requirements for all New Businesses in the City of Hazelwood.
Minimum Housing and Nuisance Violations
Although Code Enforcement is principally proactive, all citizen complaints are kept anonymous, graciously received and investigated.
Rear Yards — Code Enforcement does not have legal access to rear yards to cite violations, so Code Enforcement relies on HELP from adjoining property owners lodging an anonymous complaints.
Whenever violations are found, pictures are taken and a “courtesy infraction notice” or “housing infraction notice” is issued in an attempt to obtain voluntary compliance. If you are a recipient of an “infraction notice,” communications with the Code Enforcement Officer is highly recommended. In some cases, time extensions can be obtained if necessary and requested. If there is no communication with the City and the violation continues past the “infraction notice” re-inspection date, violations will result in Code Enforcement issuing a Municipal Court Summons and a Court date. Below is a sample list of items Code Enforcement is tasked with regulating and assuring Code Compliance:
- Grass or weeds over 8 inches
- No building permits
- Trash, limbs and debris
- Parking of vehicles on unimproved surfaces
- Unsafe/Unfit structures
- Derelict, Unlicensed Vehicles on residential property
- Residential Occupancy Inspections and Permits
- Nuisance Noise
The Hazelwood Animal Control Officer works through the Hazelwood Police Department
Contact Info: (314) 838-5000
Home Improvement Program
The City of Hazelwood’s Federally Funded Home Improvement Program is operated for the City by St. Louis County. For additional information and/or questions, please click the link below for more details:
Building Codes and Construction
Code Enforcement is also tasked with regulating building permits in the City of Hazelwood. Code Enforcement performs Building Code plan reviews, issues permits and performs inspections. Types of construction projects range from the St. Louis Outlet Mall to a residential fence permit. In addition to the City of Hazelwood Municipal Code, the City has adopted and enforces the following codes promulgated from the Internationally recognized International Code Council (ICC) whose codes are used world-wide.
Adopted and enforced are the following:
2009 International Building Code
2009 International Residential Code
2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 International Fire Code
2009 International Property Maintenance Code
2009 International Fuel Gas Code
2009 International Energy Conservation Code
The City of Hazelwood also contracts with St. Louis County for Electrical, Plumbing, Elevator and Amusement permits and applications.
Why do I need a building permit?
There are many reasons for obtaining building permits for construction. Taking out a permit provides you the City services of a code compliant review that will make sure the plans are complete, the plans comply with accepted engineering principles, as well as codes and ordinances adopted by the City. In addition, a building inspector will continuously perform inspections of most phases of construction to assure the construction is consistent with the approved plans and construction techniques. Also, the inspector makes sure all details and standards are being met.
♦ ♦ ♦ ALL ROOFING PROJECTS REQUIRE BUILDING PERMIT ♦ ♦ ♦
BUILDING GUIDES AND DETAILS
BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Property Remediation
Occasionally, Code Enforcement is called to a property where a Drug Manufacturing operation is taking place. The Police Department removes any and all visible drug manufacturing ingredients and materials and closes the operation. Due to Clandestine Drug Manufacturing on the property, Code Enforcement declares the property “UNFIT.”
The manufacturing on the property may have ceased but the by-products of the process can still be hazardous to any future occupants. These by-product fumes are absorbed into the components of the property like carpet, drywall, paint, insulation and duct work systems. Because of the hazard that remains, the City of Hazelwood and Code Enforcement have developed an Ordinance. This Ordinance requires licensed Contractors test the components of property and properly clean and remove any of the remaining hazardous materials.
As a further safety requirement, the City requires that the initial testing and post clean-up testing be performed by different licensed testing/clean-up companies. This assures that these properties have been properly cleaned and will not pose a hazard to future occupants of the property.
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City Sewer Lateral Repair Program
Contact: Nikki Miller, Project Manager
Phone: (314) 513-5031
Work Covered By City Sewer Lateral Program
- Root blockage does not qualify for Sewer Lateral Repair Program. After failure of an attempt to open the sewer lateral by rotary cutter, the Property Owner should contact a St. Louis County Registered Plumber to camera their Sewer Lateral Line. After the video determines the Sewer Lateral has failed, the Property Owner is eligible to apply to the Sewer Lateral Repair Program.
- Cost of Sewer cleaning by Rotary Cutter is not covered by the program.
- Cost of the Camera work is reimbursed at 90% to the Property Owner.
- Corrective Sewer Lateral Repair Work (maximum of $7,500) is eligible for 90% reimbursement under the City Sanitary Sewer Lateral program which includes repair or replacement of the defective portion of the sewer lateral line, filling the trench and seed and straw. Right-of-way public sidewalk and street replacement is covered when required.
- The Program does not cover or include restoration cost to Property Owner’s landscaping, pavement or other work requested by the Property Owner.