City Mayor Steve Adler joined leaders from around the country in proclaiming October as National Code Compliance Month, which recognizes the work done to keep our communities safe. The City recognized the observation of the month at the October 13th City Council meeting.
Code enforcement officers inspect residential and commercial properties as well as streets and sidewalks. Inspectors identify and remove safety hazards, nuisances, unhealthy conditions, and other city codes violations to keep Austin clean and safe.
“If there is one department in the city that is at the front lines, it is Code, both for the good and the bad,” Mayor Steve Adler said at the City Council Proclamation. “That’s what happens when you are one of the most public facing and public interactive departments. As a City we are proud of [Code] and we recognize [Code inspecting is] not an easy job and as a City we recognize that.”
A key part of code compliance is the collaboration between the community and code professionals who throughout the year address potential hazards in the community. Austin Code works closely with the community daily to help raise awareness of minimum standards and find collaborative solutions to problems. The department investigates over 35,000 code cases per year to check for potential code violations and hosts over X community events to raise awareness of city codes.
Code Month educates the public on how they can contribute to the Code Compliance process. Residents are invited to engage on the department’s website and social media to learn more about the department and its work.
“The Austin Code Department is committed to its mission of building a safer and greater Austin together through code education, collaboration, and enforcement,” said ACD Director José G. Roig. “Code Compliance Month gives us the occasion to celebrate our work and how we, together with the community, help keep Austin a safe place to call home. We are securing a better and safer Austin for generations to come.”
For more information on Austin Code, visit austintexas.gov/code or follow Austin Code on Facebook at Austin Code Department, Instagram at Austincode, or Twitter at Austin_Code.