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DDD Announces Dedicated Code Enforcement Personnel

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The DDD has entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans to fund the employment of a Code Enforcement Agent and Title Inspector dedicated to Downtown. Reporting to the City’s Director of Code Enforcement, the new Code Enforcement personnel will primarily focus on quality-of-life issues such as sanitation violations, sidewalk maintenance, rodent abatement, and conditions posing imminent danger.

To report a potential code violation, please call 311 or go to https://nola311.org/service-request/.

To learn more DDD’s grant programs which can help remediate code violations, please go to https://downtownnola.com/business/grants-assistance/ or email ddd@downtownnola.com.

The specific codes relative to imminent danger and quality of life are:
26-157 – Exterior Property Area – Sanitation.
All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of trash, litter, debris, garbage, waste, rubbish or other similar material. Every occupant of a structure shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such trash in approved container(s), as provided in Chapter 138 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.


26-159 – Sidewalks and driveways.

All sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair and maintained free from hazardous conditions, including but not limited to, deterioration, deformation, fractures, fissures, spalling, or detached, dislodged or failing connections.

26-160 – Weeds and plant growth.
… all premises and exterior property, including vacant land, shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth more than ten inches tall on the entirety of the lot, plot, or parcel. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs.

26-161 – Rodent harborage.
All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation. Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent re-infestation.
The owner of any structure shall be responsible for pest elimination within the structure prior to renting or leasing the structure.
The occupant of any structure shall be responsible for the continued rodent and pest-free condition of the structure, except when the infestations are caused by defects in the structure, and then the owner shall be responsible for pest elimination.

26-163 – Accessory structures and fences.
All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

26-165 – Defacement of property.
No person shall willfully or wantonly damage, mutilate or deface any exterior surface of any structure or building on any private or public property by placing thereon any marking, carving, or graffiti. It shall be the responsibility of the owner to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair.

26-168 – Premises identification.
Buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabetic letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of four inches in height with a minimum width of .5 inches.

26-242 – Emergency procedures.
An imminent danger to life, health, property or public safety exists whenever there is an extreme accumulation of household hazardous waste, including but not limited to paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, gasoline, and pesticides, or other leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic.

 

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