Housing and Dangerous Buildings

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Code Enforcement enforces City and State mandated codes relating to residential and commercial structures that are dangerous, substandard, blighted, or vacant. Building owners are legally required to maintain their buildings and property to the standards set forth in the City Housing, Dangerous Building and Property Maintenance Codes.

City and State Codes also mandate that tenants or other persons who are in control of a property, building, residence, apartment or parcel of land are legally required to maintain their living, common areas, yards and lots in a safe and clean condition.

Common Code Violations include:

  • Plumbing, electrical, mechanical hazards creating a danger to human health.
  • Lack of heat in a dwelling unit.
  • Lack of running water.
  • Lack of electrical service.
  • Lack of care, cleanliness, or sanitary conditions.
  • Mechanical equipment not maintained in accordance with the manufactures specifications.
  • Excessive infestation of rodents, cockroaches and other vector violations.
  • Unsafe electrical conditions which present a clear and present danger of fire or electrocution.
  • Defective or inadequate weather protection of exterior walls.
  • Ceilings, roofs, vertical supports or other horizontal support that sag, split or buckle.
  • Accumulation of inoperable or unlicensed vehicles stored on private property
  • Major repairs of vehicles in drive or on lawn of private property

Call (209) 385-6237 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a general Code Enforcement line that is monitored daily during business hours. For any emergencies call Merced Police Department at (209) 385-6905.