How do I schedule an appointment to meet with a Neighborhood Code Enforcement (NCE) Officer?
1. Call 311
2. Ask to be connected with NCE
3. Give the NCE representative the following information:
a. The address in question
b. The reason for the appointment
c. The day and time preference, Officer’s schedules vary from day to day
When is my Hearing date?
1. Go to Community Development’s homepage: www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org
2. Under the Code Enforcement tab, select “Orders to Repair” or “Orders to Demolish” depending upon the type of hearing.
a. There will be links for different hearing dates
b. Click on a specific date to view a list of addresses involved in that particular hearing
Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Wayne Code Enforcement
What does it mean when a property is condemned?
A. Condemnation means that the property has been deemed unsafe and/or unfit for occupancy. This does not mean, however, that the property is for sale. The option to sell still resides with the property owner. If warranted though, a demolition case could also be in effect according to criteria defined in Indiana code 36-7-9-4
I have no electricity/heat/water/gas. What will happen?
A. It is not safe or healthy to reside in a structure without electricity, heat, water, or gas in certain months. Either the property will be immediately condemned if circumstances warrant or a reasonable time-frame will be offered to the owner/occupant to obtain compliance.
Do I have to attend the Hearing if my property has been brought to code?
A. It is not necessary to attend the Hearing if the noted violations have been brought to code. However, if you have not received a “Brought to Code Letter” from NCE, contact NCE for confirmation
What if I can’t attend the Hearing?
A. If the Property Owner is unable to attend the Hearing, an informed representative for the owner may attend
Do I have to come into the office to submit a Housing Registration?
A. The housing registration is accessible on NCE’s website along with step by step instructions
Why do I continue to receive notices from NCE when I no longer own the property?
A. NCE is obligated by law to notify the listed owner of record via the Treasurer’s Office. After the Treasurer’s Office records the New Property Owner, NCE will have the updated information, and the notices should stop.
My landlord won’t fix anything. What can I do?
A. After an acceptable amount of time is allowed for the landlord to make necessary repairs, you may contact NCE to schedule an appointment for an Inspection by a NCE Officer. If NCE finds the property to be in violation, a Notice will be sent to the Property Owner in an attempt to gain compliance. The property owner will be allotted ample time to make the improvements and an opportunity to request additional time via a Work Plan.
My landlord has turned off my heat/water/gas. Can you help me?
A. After such a complaint is received, NCE will notify the Property Owner of the illegal issues involved. It is standard to allow 7 days to rectify the problem. If the property owner does not comply within the 7 day allotted timeframe, and the structure is occupied, the property will be condemned.
My landlord won’t do anything, and I think I have mold. Can NCE help?
A. NCE does not test for mold. However, if the mold is visible, NCE will send a Notice of violation to the Property Owner for resolution.
The house next to me has open windows and doors. What will be done and how soon?
A. You may report open and assessable entries to NCE. If the situation is an emergency, NCE will order an immediate board-up. Otherwise, they will send notification to the property owner with an established time frame to comply.
My neighbor is operating a business out of his garage. Who can I contact about this?
A. If there is proof of a business being operated out of a residential structure, citizens may contact the Allen County Zoning Department at 260-449-7607
My neighbor has a vehicle that has not moved. Who can I call, or what can be done?
A. Call NCE to report abandoned and inoperable vehicles on the lawn. NCE will tag the vehicle(s) that are in violation with applicable instructions and time-frames for compliance.
Does NCE do anything about trees?
A. NCE has no jurisdiction regarding trees on public or private property. Contact either the Parks Department or the Street Department.
How tall does grass have to be before it can be posted and considered as weeds? 9 inches
A. NCE only posts privately owned residential and commercial properties. City Owned properties should be referred to the City’s Property Management Department. County Owned properties should be directed to the Allen County Community Development Corporation (ACCDC).
I know someone who is hoarding. What can NCE do?
A. If NCE is invited inside the structure, a thorough inspection will be attained. Citizens can also contact the Adult Protective Services for assistance.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
Housing Registration Form
Abandoned and Inoperable Vehicles
Financial and Home Repair Assistance
Orders to Repair
Orders to Demolish
Summer Weed Program