Brookfield Township

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Brookfield Township Code Enforcement

WHAT IS A CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER?

A Code Enforcement Officer is a sworn or non-sworn inspector, officer or investigator, employed by a city, or county, or city and county, who possesses specialized training in, and whose primary duties are the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of laws regulating public nuisance, public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs.

Jimmy Ewing

Jimmy brings years of experience in code enforcement. His goal is to keep Brookfield a nice and safe place to live.


WHAT IS CODE ENFORCEMENT?

Code Enforcement is an important function local governments perform for accomplishing community wide goals. Code Enforcement helps empower the citizens of their community to create and maintain safe, healthy and attractive living and working environments. The aim is to help improve neighborhoods and economic conditions so that the community is known as a good place to live, raise families, work and retire in. Some may view code enforcement as an annoying intrusion into the free use of private property. Traditionally, code enforcement is a process whereby local governments use various techniques to work with the community to gain compliance with duly-adopted regulations such as land use and zoning ordinances, health and housing codes, sign standards, building and fire codes. Contemporary code enforcement involves local enforcement officials in the job of ensuring compliance with policies, codes, rules, regulations, and permits in a proper, timely fashion within the limits of the law. Consequently, enforcement officials must be fully acquainted with the adoption process and the thinking behind the regulations they enforce as well as the legal limits placed on them. Conversely, those who write the laws must understand the problems particular to enforcement and administration as the codes and regulations are implemented. In this context the code enforcement official is a unique public servant whose responsibility lies squarely between policy making and the realms of law enforcement and litigation. The U. S, Congress, state legislatures, and city councils and county boards and/or commissions adopt policies, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations to solve problems or respond to federal, state, or community needs and mandates. Enforcement applies these laws to specific properties, either by using warnings and notices to persuade voluntary compliance or by filing court actions, all under the rubric of 'police powers'. Local enforcement officials and those who write the policies, codes, rules, and regulations are obligated to understand the management of the code enforcement function and the entire complex process.

Common residential code violations

Chimney
Trees
Accessory
Structures
Yard Drains
Weeds and
Grass
Paved Surfaces
Exterior
Surfaces
Structural
Members
Foundation
Porches
Doors
Steps
Railing
Downspouts
Windows
Lintel

Chimney

Code 5.02-G
Chimneys shall be free of cracks, holes or missing portions and maintained in sound condition.
Trees

Code 5.05-B
All plant materials, especially trees and shrubs, afflicted with decay, disease, insect infestation, or otherwise considered dangerous to other plant material shall be removed or appropriately treated. All sound plant materials, especially trees and shrubs, shall be properly maintained and not evidence signs of neglect.
Accessory Structures

Code 5.07-A
All structures accessory to the dwellings, including detached garages, shall be maintained structurally sound, neatly maintained, and in good repair or shall be razed to grade level and debris removed from the premises.
Yard Drainage

Code 5.04-H
All portions of all premises shall be so graded that there is no pooling of water or recurrent entrance of water into any part of any building except when such pooling or retention of water is part of a plan approved by the County Engineer. All condensate and waste cooling water shall be appropriately discharged into an approved drainage system.
Weeds

Code 5.04-D and 5.05-A
All grass, weeds or rank vegetation shall be periodically cut and in no case shall exceed a height of eight (8) inches.
Paved Surfaces

Code 5.04-A3
Yard-walks, parking areas, and driveways of a concrete, asphalt, pavers or similar surface which are of sound construction and properly maintained;
Exterior Surfaces

Code 5.02-J
Except for materials that have been designated or manufactured to remain untreated, all exterior wood, composition or metal surfaces shall be protected from the elements by paint or other protective covering. Surfaces shall be maintained so as to be kept clean and free of flaking, loose or peeling paint or covering.
Structural Members

Code 5.02-I
Any structural member of a structure which has become deteriorated or damaged to the extent that it does not serve the purpose as originally intended shall be renewed, restored, repaired, or replaced as is necessary to serve the purpose as originally intended.
Foundation

Code 5.02-A
Foundations shall support the building at all points and shall be free of all holes and cracks which admit rodents, water or dampness to the interior of the building or lessen the capability of the foundation to support the building.
Porch

Code 5.02-H
Every porch shall be so constructed and maintained so as to be free of missing, defective, rotting or deteriorated foundations, supports, floors, other members, and steps thereto, so as to be safe to use and kept in sound condition and in good repair.
Doors

Code 5.02-D
Doors shall be maintained so as to be structurally sound, fit within frames so as to be weatherproof, windproof, and water-proof and be provided with door hinges and door latches which are in good working condition.
Steps

Code 5.04-A4 & 5.06-A1,2,3
Exterior steps which are of sound construction and properly maintained free of hazardous conditions.
Railing

Code 5.06-A4
Stairway handrails and/or railings shall be firmly fastened and maintained in good condition. Where the absence of handrails and/or railings create a hazardous condition, the Enforcement Officer may require their installation in accordance with the provisions of the Trumbull County Building Code.
Downspouts and Gutters

Code 5.02-F
Rain gutters, downspouts, leaders or other means of water diversion shall be provided to collect/conduct and discharge all water from the roof and maintained so as not to leak or cause dampness in the walls, ceiling, or basements or adversely affect adjacent properties.
Windows

Code 5.02-C
Windows shall be fully supplied with window glass or an approved substitute which is glazed and is without open cracks or holes, shall have sashes in good condition which fit within frames, be capable of being easily opened and held in position by hardware, and maintained so as to exclude adverse weather elements from entering the structure.
Lintel

Code 5.02-B
Exterior walls and other exterior surface materials shall be free of holes, cracks, loose or rotting boards and timbers or any other condition which might admit rodents, rain or dampness to the interior of the dwelling.
 



Exterior Property Maintenance Code