Code Enforcement

It is the responsibility of the Code Enforcement Division to regulate (abandoned and occupied dwellings, overgrown lots, to include unkempt properties), the existing codes and ordinances that govern the maintenance and aesthetic value of residential and commercial properties. An important factor in a city's ability to consistently thrive and experience growth is the maintenance of existing developed properties.

To report a code enforcement violation call the action center at 662-329-5147 or click here to fill out a report online.

Code Compliance Process

To report a complaint, call the Action Center at 662-329-5147.

The following steps are taken to resolve code violations:

StepsDescription
Complaint ReviewWhen a complaint is reviewed by a code enforcement officer to determine if it is a violation of city code.
InvestigationIf the issue is a violation of city code, a code enforcement officer will visit the property to verify the problem.
Legal ActionWhen compliance cannot be reached, the case is forwarded to the city attorney for legal action and hearing before the mayor and the city councils. When compliance cannot be reached, the case is forwarded to the city attorney for legal action and hearing before the mayor and the city councils.
Property Owner NotificationIf a violation is found, the property owners will receive a notice of violation letter detailing the necessary corrective actions, and a deadline to make corrections. If a violation is found, the property owners will receive a notice of violation letter detailing the necessary corrective actions, and a deadline to make corrections.
Re-InspectionThe officer re-inspects the property at the end of the given time frame. If violations still exist, further enforcement will be taken. The officer re-inspects the property at the end of the given time frame. If violations still exist, further enforcement will be taken.


Examples of Code Violations

  • Accumulation of trash, junk, and debris
  • Excessive growth of grass and weeds (6 inches or higher)

Unsafe Structure

An unsafe structure is one that is found to be dangerous to the life, health, property, or safety of the public or occupants of the structure. Such structure may be damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe, etc.

International Property Maintenance Code

Property owners must ensure that buildings and structures are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. The code has standards pertaining to:

  • Cooking facilities
  • Electrical systems
  • Fire hazards
  • Heating and sleeping facilities
  • Plumbing
  • Structural soundness
  • Ventilation