When Traditional Code Enforcement Doesn’t Work: Creating a Culture Shift to Build Capacity and Address Problem Properties (Training)
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Joe Dulin Matt Kreis Jake Dishaw Michelle Sczpanski
  • Local governments that are strapped for resources often feel they only have the capacity to use traditional code enforcement tools, like fines and the threat of criminal penalties. But these punitive tactics do not affect all communities equally. Though intended to address poor neighborhood conditions, they in fact disproportionately harm communities that have already experienced decades of disinvestment, and contribute to neighborhood decline. There is a better way. In this training, we will share lessons from code enforcement directors and inspectors who are taking a new community-based approach to code compliance, where code enforcement plays a more intentional role in supporting property owners who want to comply. Attendees will learn how to invest time in more proactive approaches focused on providing residents with the knowledge, training, tools, and resources to play a more active role in addressing problem properties. This session will also focus on strategies to shift the internal culture within code enforcement teams; on using data to gain support for a compliance-focused approach; and on creating opportunities to meaningfully engage work with the community to address problem properties and make neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more vibrant. 
Session Type
Training Workshop