Buildings & Inspections/Code Enforcement
The Buildings & Inspections Department is here to provide planning, zoning, signage, and inspection services for all businesses and residents of North College Hill.
The Code Enforcement Department is charged with eliminating blight and building safety hazards and promotes building repair and renovation through education and enforcement to protect the public health, safety and quality of life.
Sidewalks represent a major investment by the citizens of North College Hill and are an important part of a balanced transportation system.
Used by all facets of a diverse pedestrian population that ranges from young to old, physically fit to challenged, they connect our homes, neighborhoods, parks, recreational facilities, schools, churches, and businesses. They provide pathways for our elderly and bikeways for our youth.
A safe and aesthetic sidewalk space promotes neighborhood interaction and enhances property values.
Responsibility for constructing and maintaining sidewalk space is shared by property owners and the City.
In cases where the sidewalk space is not properly maintained, Cod. Ord. 539.05 directs that abutting property owners be notified of necessary corrective action. Cod. Ord. 903.06 makes owners of abutting property responsible for funding construction and maintenance relating to sidewalks.
The City Engineer is responsible for supervising sidewalk construction, reconstruction or repair.
Notice To Repair Condemned Sidewalk Or Driveway
When the defective sidewalk is discovered, in a neighborhood inspected for the Sidewalk Safety Program, the abutting property owner will be sent a "Notice of Repair" that identifies the estimated quantity and cost of the required repairs. The property owner is given options to complete the required work within the stated timeframe, or. Once a property has been included in the Sidewalk Safety Program, the only acceptable method to repair condemned concrete is a full-block replacement from joint to joint. Property owners have the following options when repairing a condemned sidewalk or driveway:
Hire a Licensed Contractor.
An unlicensed property owner may acquire a permit to replace condemned sidewalk provided the work is performed to City Standards.
The City Of North College Hill will remediate the hazardous sidewalk at the owner's request and expense.
If the Sidewalk/s isn't addressed in the time frame expressed by the Code Enforcement Officer the city will move forward with the remediation, add an additional administration fee and anything that isn't paid according to the date of the notice will be assessed on the property owners property taxes.
Codified Ordinance section 1359.01 requires that each commercial building, residential rental building containing more than 4 units, or a building containing at least one dwelling unit which is otherwise a commercial building which is being leased by the owner. A residential rental dwelling occupied by the owner of the building which is greater than four units shall not be required to register under this chapter.
requires that all owners, agents or person in charge of any building of no more than 4 dwelling units designed or intended to be used as rental dwelling units located within the City of North College Hill, must register and pay rental registration fees, which as of 5/2020 has been amended to $150.00 per unit and obtain a certificate of rental registration annually for such structures or units. This is a non-refundable fee.
According to Ordinance 7-2017 An Ordinance Modifying Chapter 1195 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The City Of North College Hill Related To Vacant And Foreclosed Properties. The Purpose Of This Ordinance Is To Ensure That Vacant and Foreclosed Properties Are Protected And Maintained And The City Officials Are Alerted To The Location Of These Vulnerable Properties In A Timely Manner. This Ordinance Is Enacted In Order To Address the Problem Of Blighted Properties that Are A Direct Result Of Vacant And Foreclosed Properties And that Pose A Threat to The Public health, Safety, And Welfare. There Is A Fee For Properties That Are Categorized As Vacant And Foreclosed Please Refer to Attached Legislation or Bill Knight For Further Information.