When a property changes ownership, or when the occupant changes, a City of Arnold Property Maintenance Inspection is required prior to the change.
The City of Arnold requires that any structure sold or rented must comply with BOCA National Property Maintenance Code using local modifications. A fee (see costs below) is required for this inspection, due at the time of application.
The City performs a comprehensive property maintenance inspection of exterior property and premises, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems and equipment, fire and life safety aspects, fundamental light, ventilation and occupant needs and general sanitation.
An initial inspection is conducted by appointment after application is made. If required corrections are noted during the inspection, a re-inspection is conducted by appointment.
- Submit completed inspection application
- Pay inspection fees (Residential = $50, Commercial = $75)
- Schedule inspection appointment
- Schedule a re-inspection, if applicable (when all required corrections have been accomplished)
- Inform buyer or new occupant they are required to make application for Occupancy Permit
A Certificate of Compliance is issued when the dwelling passes inspection, which is good for six (6) months or until a change of occupancy occurs.
Most Common Property Maintenance Code Violations
To assist you in your preparation for the City’s Property Maintenance inspection, the most common items found during inspections that require correction or repair are as follows. Performing your own self-inspection and addressing these specific areas prior to your inspection can help your property pass the Property Maintenance Inspection.
- Incorrect placement or type of street numbers – street numbers must be
- Arabic numbers (1933 not nineteen thirty three)
- On the dwelling
- Fastened with screw or nails (no stick on numbers)
- No brass, gold, silver, bare aluminum, or copper
- Contrasting color (dark numerals on light siding or light numerals on dark siding or brick)
- No handrails along exterior or interior stairs with more than four steps or railings along porch landings 30 inches or more above grade.
- Water heater relief valve mounted too far from the tank, drain tube not provided, or the drain tube is reduced in diameter, too short, too long or has its discharge end threaded
- Insufficient combustion air in furnace room (50 cubic feet of room volume required per 1000 BTUH of input to all fuel burning appliances; example: 100,000 BTU furnace and 40,000 BTU water heater requires a room 8 feet x 10 feet x 32 feet, otherwise additional air will be required)
- Multiple lugging within the electrical service panel (more than one wire per terminal)
- Openings in the electrical service panel cover (which would allow accidental contact with live electric terminals)
- Using a hollow core, 6-panel, or glass-paned doors (instead of a solid wood door) between an attached garage and a living area
- Missing or damaged dry wall between an attached garage and living area
- Missing, improperly located, or inoperative smoke detectors
- Electrical receptacles within 6 feet of a sink, or in a bathroom, garage, unfinished basement areas, or on the exterior of the home not being ground fault current interrupted (GFCI) protected