This division provides the following services:
Lien Searches for Residential & Commercial Properties
We conduct searches for open code violations, open building permits, liens and unsafe structure cases.
Issuance of Initial Business Licenses
A business License is required for any business that maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the city and/or managing any profession or occupation within the city.
Code/Zoning Inspections for Businesses
Inspections are conducted on all business locations to ensure compliance with the City's zoning and other regulatory ordinances.
Annual Business License Renewals
The division process renewals for Local Business Tax Receipts and Certificates of Use which expires September 30 of each year.
Issuance of Initial Landlord / Tenant Permits
We process and issue initial Landlord/Tenant permits which are required of every owner of a dwelling or dwelling unit within the City, on leasing, subleasing and renting. Landlords are also required to obtain a national background check for all tenants over the age of 15.
Annual Landlord / Tenant Permits
We process and issue renewals for Landlord Permits which expires on March 31 of each year.
Re-Occupancy on Home ownership Transfers
The division processes and issues Certificates of Re-Occupancy prior to the purchase, sale, conveyance and transfer of title, relating to any single family condominium, duplex, triplex, townhouse dwelling unit, or apartment complex consisting of four or more units. Re-Occupancy Certificates are not issued unless the applicant is in compliance with all City requirements (Warning Notices, Civil Violation Notices, unsafe structure violations, open building permits, and liens, etc.).
Minimum Housing Inspections
The City's Housing Officer conducts inspections of dwellings to ensure compliance with the City's Code and ordinances.
Lien Amnesty for Single & Multi-Family Housing
The City's Lien Amnesty Program allows property owners to pay a reduced amount of the total accrued fines for properties that are in full compliance.
Lien Reductions for Commercial Properties
The division processes requests from Commercial Property Owners for reductions on outstanding liens on commercial properties. The reduced fines are approved by the City's Special Master upon consideration of the City's recommendation.