Division of Code Enforcement

Dennis Kennedy, Commissioner
One Government Center, Suite 1800
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Main Phone: 419.245.1400
Fax: 419.245.1413


The Department of Neighborhoods, Division of Code Enforcement enforces the property maintenance and zoning codes of the City of Toledo, and by referenced authority, the International Code Council. Our goal is to bring properties into compliance with uniform standards of health and safety regulating the properties and structures in which the public occupy. The actions of Code Enforcement assist in the removal of blight, stabilizing property values, and help eliminate crime which is associated with vacant and abandoned properties.  While eliminating nuisances, particularly in low and moderate income neighborhoods, the division interacts with the community and its residents. Code Enforcement plays an important role in sustaining the viability of the City’s neighborhoods in the community.



The Division of Code Enforcement is responsible for responding to complaints generated by the Administration, City Council, citizens and neighborhood organizations, by using inspections & enforcement mechanisms, and to assist in the abatement of general nuisances. The focus of nuisance abatement is accomplished through the enforcement of property maintenance, building, zoning, and health code standards. The Division also takes a proactive approach to property maintenance by being a consistent presence in neighborhoods, being accessible to citizens, and through the Administration’s neighborhood clean-up events.  



The most significant highlights for the year 2018, stem from our integral participation in several initiatives which foster the mission statement of our Division.  As a key partner in the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation’s 2020 demolition program, the Code Enforcement Response Team (CERT) enforcement task force, and the Community Services Organization within TPD, Code Enforcement bears the responsibility to utilize resources to eradicate blight immediately, but also to focus on the prevention of what causes blight.  Code Enforcement was responsible for the registration and enforcement of donation containers within the City, courtesy bench placement and maintenance, snow removal in the right-of-way along school routes and major thoroughfares, bulk pick-ups in cooperation with Republic Services, a key component in the Municipal Housing Court system, and the largest project; tall grass & weeds abatement and grass mowing program logistics. 

In 2018, Code Enforcement has received and responded to more than 16,096 citizen requests for service, directed to the Division through EngageToledo and the CityWorks case management system.  From those request for service, 11,439 work orders were created and assigned out to crews, which required physical abatement in our community. 

Code Enforcement also participates in Neighborhood Clean-Up events and Beautification projects, such as the EngageToledo Alley Cleaning program, EngageToledo week-long targeted neighborhood clean-up, EngageToledo Recycling Events, and the EngageToledo Trailer Days.  Code Enforcement supports neighborhood events such as these, and provides equipment & personnel for organized groups who target blight in their community.

2018 Code Enforcement Statistics

  • Number of Requests for Service                                        16,672
  • Number of Inspections                                                        10,187
  • Number of Violations Issued                                              23,332
  • 30 day Housing & Nuisance Violations                               1,445
  • 72 hr. Public Nuisance orders                                              5,802
  • Zoning Violation orders                                                           430
  • Number of referrals for abatement (city crews)                  3,881
  • Number of referrals for abatement (mowing partners)      7,766 
  • Number of Demolitions completed                                         410
  • Notice of Liability (NOL) tickets issued                               2,243
  • Affidavits Filed with Municipal Court                                      981
  • Donation Container Registrations                                            72
  • Unfit for Human Habitation orders                                            51
  • Vacant Residential Building Registration                            2,045
  • Fire/Emergency Demolition                                                       70 




The Code Enforcement Division is charged with ensuring that minimum property maintenance standards, established in the Toledo Municipal Code (TMC), are being followed. By following the TMC, the health, safety and cleanliness of neighborhoods is enhanced and will result in increased property values and improved quality of life for the City of Toledo Residents. 

To view the Code Compliance Guide, click here. 

To request city support for Volunteer Clean-Up, click here.


Other requests:

Hold Harmless Agreement  

To report issues or complaints, please click link to SEECLICKFIX application or contact Engage Toledo at 419.936.2020 



Pursuant to Toledo Municipal Code §1767 Vacant Residential Building Registration any vacant properties located in the City of Toledo must be registered within 30 days after the structure first becomes vacant.  The property owner must file a Vacant Residential Building Registration form with the Department of Neighborhoods and pay a $200.00 fee at the time of filing.   For questions regarding this registration, please contact the Department of Neighborhoods at 419-245-1400.  To complete the Vacant Property Registration, click here.