Legal, Ethical and Moral Regulatory Enforcement

Can you ever be ethical and moral and follow the law at the same time? Ethics and morals relate to “right” and “wrong” conduct. While they are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different, especially as they relate to code enforcement, building inspection and all other forms of regulatory enforcement. How many code officials are requiredContinue reading “Legal, Ethical and Moral Regulatory Enforcement”

Consistency in Code Enforcement—Asset or Liability?

One of the key principles of the standards known as GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures) is the consistency principle. The GAAP consistency principle states that when a business has fixed a method for the accounting treatment of an item, it will enter all similar items in the exact same way in the future. Can codeContinue reading “Consistency in Code Enforcement—Asset or Liability?”

Regulatory Controls and Enforcement at Hotels, Motels and Extended Stays

Across the nation, regulatory enforcement officers and inspectors are tasked with protecting the health, welfare, and safety of its residents (and visitors) by ensuring that codes and standards are properly enforced. In addition to property maintenance and zoning, in many communities’ officers have the responsibility of regulating the maintenance of the living conditions inside transientContinue reading “Regulatory Controls and Enforcement at Hotels, Motels and Extended Stays”

The Role of Code Enforcement During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

According to the Center for Disease Control, isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation separates sick people with a quarantinable communicable disease from people who are not sick and Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed toContinue reading “The Role of Code Enforcement During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic”

Code Enforcement Fairness and Effectiveness

Code enforcement fairness and effectiveness depends upon community respect and confidence in local government. Community cooperation with code enforcement is a product of its trust that officers will act honestly and the officer, as the public’s initial contact with the enforcement of codes and regulatory standards, must act in a manner that instills such trust.Continue reading “Code Enforcement Fairness and Effectiveness”

A Guide to Enforcing “Junk” or Inoperable Vehicle Violations

The code enforcement officer is responsible for maintaining the quality of life in a community. The fact of the matter is disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked. According to the broken windows theory, if a window in a building is broken, and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon beContinue reading “A Guide to Enforcing “Junk” or Inoperable Vehicle Violations”

Benefits of Well-Trained Code Enforcement Staff

Having staff that are well trained in their roles can improve a municipality’s business performance in many ways.  Staff satisfaction is very important, and if code enforcement officers are satisfied with their role, morale is increased, which in turn, increases work output. Training helps to make people more confident in their role. Better training meansContinue reading “Benefits of Well-Trained Code Enforcement Staff”

Decision Making for Code Enforcement Leadership

Code enforcement leaders are forced to make decisions every day and there are a variety of decision-making models available that can be used to accomplish this goal. Various scenarios require different types of responses; structured, step processes and sequences; however, one should not underestimate the emotional and human element of that decision. The decision itselfContinue reading “Decision Making for Code Enforcement Leadership”

The Importance of Communication in Code Enforcement

Providing high-quality service depends on a commitment to consistency and enhanced communication.  The basic process shared by most regulatory industries are incident response, inspection, and follow-up/enforcement activity. Effective code compliance and enforcement depends on how well these systems work together to produce an amenable outcome for all interested parties and communicating that outcome. Many codeContinue reading “The Importance of Communication in Code Enforcement”

Consolidating Inspection, Compliance, and Regulatory Enforcement Services

While minimal resources are often made available to provide code compliance services, demands for service have increased. Many communities have not invested in appropriate technologies that would facilitate a more efficient approach to code service delivery. The need for enhanced enforcement has also increased the burden on Code Compliance Officers to report and follow-up onContinue reading “Consolidating Inspection, Compliance, and Regulatory Enforcement Services”