Who needs an inspection?
All existing dwellings that are let, leased, or rented within the City of Crestwood are required to submit for approval a Residential Rental Property Re-Occupancy Permit Application.
How much does it cost?
The fees associated with the permit application depend on the type of rental dwelling. The fees are as follows:
The fee is due when the permit application is submitted to the City. If the rental dwelling fails the initial inspection, a $75.00 re-inspection fee is required.
The Application Process:
CORRECTION: An online application is not available for download as was mistakenly written in the informational brochure that was mailed to residents in August.
The application form can be obtained from the Public Works Department located on the lower level of the Government Center, 1 Detjen Drive (Get Directions). Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
After the permit application is completed, the City will notify the inspection company of the need for an inspection.
The inspection company will then contact the property owner to set up a time for the inspection. Inspections are to be scheduled in specific time periods on specific days. The inspections will occur on Mondays (1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.) and on Thursday (8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.). If a rental dwelling requires a “time critical inspection”, which is any inspection outside of these time frames, an additional fee of $50.00 will be added.
What if there are code deficiencies?
The rental property will not be allowed occupancy until an inspection without deficiencies has been achieved. At the time of inspection, the property owner or his or her representative will be given a copy of the inspection checklist. Any issues that are found that are not in accordance with the 2003 International Property Maintenance Code with amendments as adopted by the City of Crestwood, will be indicated on this checklist. Additional information will be provided at this time if necessary. The property owner will then receive a letter from the City outlining the steps required prior to scheduling a re-inspection. After all items have been addressed, the property owner will then contact the City to schedule a re-inspection. Upon successful completion of the inspection, the City will issue an occupancy permit to the property owner.
Should an applicant disagree with the results of an inspection, or feel that the code is being interpreted incorrectly or unfairly, the applicant may appeal to the Public Works Board.
What do the housing inspectors look for?
|Exhaust to outside|
|Sheds, garages, fences|
|Good repair, structurally sound, sanitary|
|Peeling, flaking, chipped paint|
|Street numbers four inches tall|
|Foundation walls: plumb, free from open cracks/breaks|
|Roof covering: tight, sound, clear of limbs, branches|
|Windows and door frames/screens|
|Structurally sound, good repair, sanitary condition|
|Stairs and railings|
|Rubbish and garbage|
|ELECTRIC AND MECHANICAL|
|Mechanical safety controls|
|Minimum 60 amp service|
|Electrical service and system free of hazardous conditions|
|Required grounded outlets|
|Two outlets in all habitable rooms|
|Properly wired garage door opener|
|Minimum (one) outlet in bathroom|
|Required light fixtures: halls, stairways, water closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms and furnace rooms|
|GFI in required areas|
|Back-flow preventer/ vacuum breaker|
|Handrails five steps for more|
|Handrails 30” to 42” above grade|
|Guardrails: Stairs, decks, landings, balconies, walking surface 30” above grade|
|Swimming pools, fence, gate self-latching|
|No double-keyed locks|
|Sleeping rooms must have 2 approved means of egress from the room (operable window or exterior door)|
|Properly functioning smoke detectors|
|Fire rated door between garage and living space|