Building Code Enforcement

Posted by MJ

The Buffalo News reported on an uptick in the number of code violations being ticketed by the inspections department.

Since the city expanded the size of its building inspection department at the start of 2008, the inspectors have zeroed in on streets in the older parts of the city with a concentration of multiple dwellings.

Jason Dool, whose appointment as chief building inspector became permanent July 26, said that as many as 325 properties have been inspected on 17 streets where the enforcement blitz has been centered.

From January 2008 through June of this year, the department filed 3,820 violations of building and fire codes.

“That number is probably 400 to 600 higher because of multiple violations in multiple dwellings,” Dool said.

The department was intended to have four inspectors under the expansion plan passed by the Common Council in 2007. However, one inspector left and his provisional replacement failed a civil service examination and hasn’t been replaced for budgetary reasons.

This type of enforcement has been long called for and it is nice to see the push. Hopefully the housing court can keep up.


savelkpthousing said...

That was then

This is now

Activists and advocates for the eliminations of nuisance housing and blight in the City of Lockport have joined together to form
Save Lockport Housing.

Save Lockport Housing is comprised of tax paying local business owners, social activists, and concerned residents who have become disenchanted with the lack of progress being made by local government, to reverse the current trend of property blight and neglect . The group has become weiry of the laissez-faire attitued and is demanding an immediate change from the current direction set by local goverment.

Save Lockport Housing is a City of Lockport based group looking for a more focused approach in dealing with the challenges of neglected and nuisance housing.

Their primary goal is to make sure that the application of local ordinances and New York State laws are applied without prejudice toward one indiviual or another, and that the resources of the Building Inspection Department are not squandered on the citing of insignificant violations, while other more serious offenses are ignored.

Save Lockport Housing is looking for prospective members who are willing to volunteer for many of their initiative based programs, and activities. These include the following:

•Creative Housing Initiative for Returning Veterans
•Housing Court Monitoring and Liaison
•Liaison to the Common Council and Mayors Office
•Press Liaison
• Legal Reasearch and pro-bono legal assistance
•Building Inspection Department Liaison
•Research and statistics
•Help with repairs for the elderly and disabled
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For further information go to their web site savelockporthousing.com, email them at savelockporthousing@gmail.com, or visit them at Facebook @ Save Lockport Housing.

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