Division of Code Enforcement

Dennis Kennedy, Acting Commissioner      419.245.1234

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

The Department of Neighborhoods and Business Development, 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 2017, 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 benches, snow removal, 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 mowing project coordinator. 

In 2017, Code Enforcement has received and responded to more than 16,569 citizen complaints, filed through EngageToledo and the CityWorks case management system.  12,840 work orders were created from those complaints, and required physical abatement from the Division’s field crews. 

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.

2017 Code Enforcement Statistics

  • Service Request submitted to CE                    16,569
  • 30 day Public Nuisance orders                          1,682
  • 30 day Housing Violation orders                          114
  • 72 hr. Public Nuisance orders                           5,651
  • Affidavits                                                            1,001
  • Bulk pick-up violations                                       1,439
  • Donation Container Registrations                          69
  • Notice of Liability                                               2,853
  • Sign Violation Notice                                                7
  • Sign Violation Warning                                           22
  • Unfit for Human Habitation orders                          54
  • Vacant Residential Building Registration           1,199
  • Zoning Violation orders                                         519
  • BAT Work Orders                                             12,840
  • Demos Land Bank structures with city crews        366
  • Fire/ Emergency Demolitions                                  90




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 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 Business Development 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.