The City's Code Enforcement Officers ensure compliance with housing codes, plans and organizes inspections for all applicable buildings, and answers questions and investigates housing code cases.
According to the International Code Council (ICC), building codes began when George Washington and Thomas Jefferson encouraged the development of building regulations to provide for minimum standards that would ensure health and safety.
Today, the City of Des Plaines joins most of the U.S. in being covered by a network of modern building regulations ranging in coverage from fire and structural safety to health, security, and conservation of energy.
In Des Plaines, building code violations follow a specific, predetermined process that allows the City to investigate complaints and violations and, if found appropriate, offer opportunities for compliance in a specified time frame. View the Code Enforcement Violation Process flow chart to better understand this important process. Questions? Contact us at 847.391.5380.