Code Enforcement Board

As of December 31, 2016, the Code Enforcement Board encompasses all aspects of the former Property Maintenance/Nuisance Board. It continues to be an appeal opportunity for a civil procedure rather than a criminal procedure through the courts and now hears appeals for violations of Property Maintenance Chapter 156 including, but not limited to, property maintenance violations and demolition orders. The recipient of a citation/violation notice/demolition order has seven (7) days from the date of the notice in which to request an appeal before the Board. Upon receipt of the request, the administrative staff will schedule the hearing and the individual will be sent by mail a notice of hearing, which states the date, time, and place of the hearing. To provide a more efficient process, it allows citizens to appeal a Notice of Violation or Citation issued that they believe was in error.

The Code Enforcement Board continues to hear appeals for animal, electrical, HVAC, building, noise, false alarm, sign, smoking, and solid waste citations/violation notices and for booking fee and System Development Charge refunds.

The recipient of a Citation/Violation Notice has seven (7) days from the date of the notice in which to request an appeal before the Board. Upon receipt of the request the Administrative Staff will schedule the hearing, providing the individual with a Notice of Hearing by mail stating the date, time and place of the hearing.

The CEB has the authority to:

  • Adopt rules and regulations to govern its operation and conduct its hearings
  • Determine if a violation of a Metro Ordinance and Chapter 156,  over which it has jurisdiction, was committed
  • Subpoena alleged violators, witnesses and evidence to its hearings
  • Hear testimony
  • Make findings of fact and issue orders necessary to remedy any violation of Metro Ordinance, Chapter 156  or Code provision
  • Impose civil fines 

About Code Enforcement Board

The CEB will meet every Friday except the Friday before Holiday Mondays and Derby Week (not  including holidays) at 9:30 A.M. until complete.  Each appeal will be allotted up to a maximum of 20 minutes for presentation. There will be a pre-conference for Property Maintenance Cases that are owner occupied beginning at 9:00 A.M. if all violations have been corrected and proof can be provided.

Following each case’s hearing, an Order will be issued by the hearing officer that states the CEB’s determination.

The hearings will be held at the Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. If you are unable to appear for your scheduled hearing because of an emergency, contact the administrative staff as soon as possible at (502) 574-8164 and leave a voicemail. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. Your appeal may be rescheduled once. However, if your call to reschedule is not received by a member of staff before the hearing and an order is made on the case, it will be up to the CEB member to decide whether or not to put the case back on the docket.

 

Appeal Process

Appeal Request Form

In order to contest a citation, a property owner who believes they were issued a Notice of Violation/Citation in error should follow the appeal process below:

Forward the appeal copy of the citation, accompanied by a written request stating the grounds for your appeal to:

ATTN: Code Enforcement Board Division, 444 S 5th Street, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40202.  

Click here to download the Appeal Request Form (PDF) --  after you download it, you may fill it out, print, and mail it in.

  • If proof of delivery is desired, please mail return receipt requested.
  • Include with your request the citation number, property address, reason for appeal, and current mailing address and telephone number.
  • Legal Counsel is not required but is optional. However, if you are a LLC or legal entity legal counsel is required.
  • A notice of the hearing date and time will be sent a minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date.
  • Bring any information (with copies) to support the appeal.
  • The appeal will be allotted up to 20 minutes for presentation and documentation.
  • Please be prompt for hearings.
  • After the CEB determines its decision based upon the evidence presented, an order will be issued stating the decision of the CEB and listing any fines and/or penalties that may be incurred.  

Appeal Request Form is available in PDF format. You must have Acrobat Reader to view.  Click here to download Acrobat Reader for free. 

 

Contact Staff

Administrative staff may be contacted for information regarding an appeal, hearing date, and inquiries for information on how to file an appeal.  Administrative staff can be contacted by phone between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. If we are unavailable to take your call, please leave a voicemail message stating your name, the property address, and a phone number where you can be reached.  Your phone call will be returned. Email inquiries may be sent at any time.

Administrative Supervisor: Angela Blanford

Code Enforcement Board Line: (502) 574-8164

 

 

 

Mailing address:

ATTN: Code Enforcement Board

444 S 5th St, Suite 200

Louisville, KY 40202

If you have questions regarding a property violation or a citation issued, please contact the Property Maintenance Division by calling (502) 574-2508 or the inspector at the number listed on the violation or citation notice. The Code Enforcement Board does not have sufficient knowledge regarding your particular violation(s) to provide complete and correct responses to such questions.

If you have a concern regarding a property or need to report possible violations, please contact MetroCall at (502) 574-5000 for assistance. MetroCall will forward the report to the corresponding agency for corrective action.

 

Docket

To view all available Code Board dockets, visit https://louisville.legistar.com/

Dockets are visible by date of hearing.

These dockets may not necessarily reflect updates if cases have recently been rescheduled or canceled. If you have a question about your hearing, please feel free to leave a message on the Code Enforcement Board line at (502) 574-8164, and someone will return your call.

You can download a copy of the next Code Enforcement Board docket in PDF format.  Acrobat PDF Reader is required to view this document.  To download and install Acrobat PDF Reader for free click here.  

 

FAQs

1.  What type of appeals does the Code Enforcement Board receive?

Currently, the Code Enforcement Board receives appeals of Property Maintenance citations and  violations notice of Chapter 156, as well as demolition orders.  It is a civil procedure. 


2.  Am I required to bring an attorney to the hearing?

No; you are not required to bring an attorney, but you have the right to have an attorney or any witnesses with you to help you support your claim that the citation/violation notice was issued in error.

 

3.  How can I contact the Code Enforcement Board?

You can contact the Code Enforcement Board by mailing all questions or documentation to:

ATTN: Code Enforcement Board

444 S 5th St, Suite 200

Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 574-8164

 

4.  If I arrive late to the hearing, will I be allowed into the boardroom?

Yes. The hearings are open to the public and you may come and go in a quiet fashion. If you arrive late and after your case has been called, your case will be moved to the end of the docket. If you fail to appear for your scheduled hearing, you forfeit your right to appeal and your penalty may be set at the maximum amount allowed.

 

5.  What if I follow the appeals process and I am unsatisfied with the CEB’s decision in my case?

If you feel the need to challenge the Code Enforcement Board’s decision, you have the right to appeal the citation in Jefferson District Court.

 

6.  Why am I required to turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices before entering the boardroom?

Cell phones, laptops, and other electronic equipment operate on frequencies that may disrupt the boardroom audio/visual equipment.

 

The Code Enforcement Board meets every Friday: 
beginning at 9:30 a.m. until complete.
Old Jail Building Auditorium
514 W. Liberty St.
The order in which cases are called will be determined by
the order in which the appellants sign the sign in sheet.