Code Enforcement & Licensing

Responsibilities


The Code Enforcement & Licensing Division is responsible for enforcing property maintenance and zoning codes within the City of Milford.  The Division issues rental operating licenses, contractor licenses and licenses for peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants, as well as administers the City's residential rental inspection program.

 

Licenses

Residential Rental Inspection Program

Program Overview
City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-8 in 2008 requiring all residential rental properties in the City to register annually with the Planning Department.  The purpose of the rental registration program is to ensure code compliance, protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, and prevent deterioration of the housing stock through proactive inspection and enforcement of City ordinances.  Chapter 180 - Residential Rental Operating Licensing outlines the content and timing of applications, regulations for the issuance of licenses, inspection procedures, penalties for noncompliance and fees.

Licenses are obtained from the Planning Department and are valid from January 1st to December 31st of each year.  The fee for the rental license is $50.00 per unit.

The initial rental inspections will be conducted for the entire City over a two-year period.  The City will notify property owners of when they need to schedule an inspection along with specific instructions on who to contact to arrange a date and time.  Rental inspections are good for four years from the time of passed inspection for those units that do not have infractions upon their initial inspection.  Those who require follow-up inspections will be re-inspected in two years.  Please keep in mind, however, the City reserves the right to inspect residential rental properties at any time and properties may be inspected in shorter intervals to ensure compliance with City Codes.

Preparing for an Inspection
Landlords are encouraged to review the inspection checklist prior to the initial inspection to ensure compliance.  Rental inspections review compliance with Chapter 174 - Property Maintenance and the ICC 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) to ensure minimum maintenance and housing standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety.

When an inspection is scheduled, it is the responsibility of the property owner to make sure the property is ready by the time the inspector arrives.  This includes notifying the tenant in accordance with applicable laws.  The inspector may arrive 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after the scheduled time.

Pets shall be placed outside or secured to minimize interference with a complete inspection of interior and exterior areas.

Owner/Caretaker Responsibility
When the rental inspection has been scheduled, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure the owner or caretaker is present during the inspection and that the tenants have been properly notified.  If the property fails the inspection, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure the noted violations are corrected.  Once violations are corrected, it is the owner's responsibility to schedule a re-inspection of the property.  The initial inspection and one re-inspection are provided at no charge to the owner.  Should the property require additional inspections, these will be assessed at $50.00 per inspection.  If the owner fails to comply with the requirements of Chapter 180, or other City Codes, the owner will be subject to violations and penalties as outlined in the City Code carrying a fine of up to $1,000 per day.

Below are additional resources for landlords and tenants of rental units within the City.

Overview of Rental Inspection Procedures
Rental Inspection Checklist
Chapter 180 - Residential Rental Operating Licenses
Chapter 174 - Property Maintenance
2015 International Property Maintenance Code
Chapter 88 - Building Construction