Code Enforcement

Dave Clemens
Code Administrator/Building Official
: (314) 513-5063
Fax: (314) 839-0249

Additional Contact Numbers
Residential Occupancy & Inspections: (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 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, a globally recognized Code used throughout the United States. The main purpose of the Code is to protect the health, safety 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).

Residential Occupancy Forms

Residential Occupancy Inspection Guide

Residential Occupancy Inspection Application

Residential Occupancy Permit Application
New Resident Guide


Commercial/Industrial Occupancy Permits
Commercial Occupancy Permit Application

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.

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

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. 

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:

2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fire Code
2015 International Property Maintenance Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 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.


Building Permit Application

Clandestine Drug Remediation Permit Application

Clandestine Pre-Sample Permit Application

Demolition Permit Application

Domestic Fowl Permit

Excavation Permit Application

Residential Re-Roof Packet

Fence Permit Application

Sign Permit Application

Swimming Pool Permit Application

Trash Enclosure Permit


Fence Regulations and Installation Guide

Residential Code Deck Details

Swimming Pool Permit Guidelines

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