Commonly Inspected Items

  1. Exterior Property
  2. Interior Property
  3. Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical Equipment
  4. Fire Safety

Accessory Structures

Structures not greater than 3000 square feet in floor area, and not over two stories in height, the use of which is customarily accessory to and incidental to that of the dwelling, and which is located on the same lot. All accessory structures shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

  • Carports
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Walls
  • Detached garages

Basement Hatchways

The hatchway shall be maintained to prevent the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage.


All chimneys and vents shall be maintained structurally safe and in good repair.

Doors & Door Frames

All doors, door assemblies and hardware shall be maintained in good condition.

Exterior Walls

All walls must be free from holes, breaks, loose, rotting material, maintained weatherproof, and properly surface coated to prevent deterioration.

Foundation Walls

All walls must be maintained free from "open cracks" and breaks, to prevent entry of rodents and other pests.

  • Cracked or bowing foundation
  • Loose and flaking mortar
  • Missing or unsecured crawl doors

Grading & Drainage

All premises shall be graded and maintained to protect the foundation walls or slab of the structure from the accumulation and drainage of surface or stagnant water, within 10 feet of the foundation.

Handrails & Guards

All handrails and guards shall be firmly fastened and in good repair.

House Numbering

Buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.

  • These numbers shall contrast with their background.
  • Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters.
  • Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.

Painted Surfaces

Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.

  • All siding and masonry joints, as well as those between the building envelope and the perimeter of windows, doors, and skylights, shall be maintained weather resistant and watertight.
  • All metal surfaces subject to rust or corrosion shall be coated to inhibit such rust and corrosion and all surfaces with rust or corrosion shall be stabilized and coated to inhibit future rust and corrosion.
  • Oxidation stains shall be removed from exterior surfaces. Surfaces designed for stabilization by oxidation are exempt from this requirement.

Roofs & Drainage

Roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and free of defects that admit rain. Drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained.

Stairways, Decks, Porches & Balconies

All exterior stairs, decks, porches and balconies and any attachments to them, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

Structural Members

All structural members must be sound and free from rot or deterioration.

Structural members include:

  • Band boards
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Floor joists
  • Posts
  • Roof trusses
  • Walls

Vacant Structures & Land

All vacant structures must be secured, not allowing access from the outside to the first floor or any stairway leading to a floor.

Windows & Skylights

Every window and skylight shall be kept in sound condition, good repair and weather tight.

  • Glazing (glass): All glazing materials shall be maintained free from holes (weather tight).