Code Enforcement

The Department of Codes & Regulations Property Maintenance Division’s goal is to help prevent the deterioration of Louisville’s neighborhoods by improving property maintenance and use and to maintain the highest safety and sanitation standards for properties in the community.

The Property Maintenance Code:

  • Establishes a minimum maintenance standards for such elements as basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation, and fire safety
  • Establishes owner and occupant responsibility for following the code
  • Regulates the use of existing structures and premises
  • Provides for administration, enforcement, and penalties

As an additional resource, the Department of Codes and Regulations has compiled key information to help property owners and tenants navigate the Property Maintenance Code.

Neighbors can also assist by reporting code violations by calling 3-1-1 to submit your concern through Louisville Metro’s online call center.

How is the Property Maintenance Code enforced?

If Louisville Metro Government receives a complaint about a property or discovers a violation, a Code Enforcement Officer will perform an inspection; should the property not comply with the Property Maintenance Code, either a citation or a violation notice will be issued and the property re-inspected for compliance. If the property remains non-compliant, an escalating civil penalty structure will apply. Where Louisville Metro must perform an abatement action, such as mowing or boarding a property, the owner will also be responsible for the fees to complete the work. When fees and citations are not paid, Louisville Metro may file a lien against the property and ultimately institute foreclosure action.

The fees recovered are meant to offset the cost of the property inspection and any subsequent abatement actions, as well as to encourage owners and occupants to comply with the Property Maintenance Code. A fee schedule for Property Maintenance Code violations can be found here.