BUILDING AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
The City of Beckley has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). It is a model code that regulates the minimum maintenance requirements for existing buildings.
It is intended to establish minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety. Responsibility is fixed among owners, operators and occupants for code compliance. The IPMC provides for the safe use of existing structures in the interest of the social and economic welfare of the community.
The scope of the code covers, the interior and exteriors of existing buildings and properties.
The most common violations in the City of Beckley are garbage or rubbish, unlicensed or inoperable vehicles, and, overgrown properties during the season of (April 15 – November 15). Most of the garbage and rubbish violations are remedied simply by using a proper weathertight container and lid to place the bags in until weekly garbage pickup.
VACANT OR ABANDONED PROPERTY AND BUILDINGS
Any vacant property or buildings are required to be maintained and secured by the owner, or the owner’s designated representative. Vacant structures in the city if improperly secured or maintained can become targets of vandalism, theft, and in some cases occupied by squatters. If we find any properties like these, we attempt to notify the owners of the situation and the code requirements. This protects their property and the safety of neighbors, and any first responders that may be called out for emergency situations.
If we don’t get any response from the owner, we will post any building that poses a health or safety hazard to the public. These buildings then become unlawful to be occupied until the building can be restored to a minimal level of safety according to the adopted city codes. Owners can get a permit to renovate these buildings, or permission from the building code official to enter the structure to remedy any violations. If the structure becomes an imminent safety hazard or too dilapidated to restore, it will be put on the list for demolition by the city.
The Code Enforcement Office will be boarding some vacant structures. These properties usually have become nuisance properties for the community or emergency personnel. We board them up according to the Boarding Standard from the property maintenance code, or the recommendations from the U.S Fire Administration.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT OR VIOLATION
If you have a complaint or violation you wish to report, please provide the following information:
Address of the Violation
Description of the violation
Location of the violation, i.e. front yard, side yard, rear yard, etc.
We will send someone out to verify any violations, and to open a case if there are any issues found. We have to give proper notification, a time to correct or remedy the issue. Many factors influence how long it may take to remedy a situation, depending on the type, size, and scope of the violation, and our ability to contact the responsible party.
Complaints can be emailed to our department at the following email address:
For complaints or violations please put “Complaint” in the subject line.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INSPECTORS
Robert L. Cannon