Code Administration

Kalamazoo's Code Administration Program coordinates inspections and enforcement of codes related to dangerous or dilapidated structures, structures open to casual entry, trash or garbage on private property or in the curb lawn, zoning violations, tall grass or weeds, and graffiti. Staff encourage property owners to remain in compliance with city ordinances or promptly address any violations. 

The standards within the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), current edition, as published by the International Code Council, are adopted as the residential property maintenance standards of the Housing Code for the City of Kalamazoo. Local addendums to the IPMC are found in Chapter 17-48.

Dilapidated or dangerous structures that remain in violation maybe referred to the Dangerous Buildings Board, especially if the deterioration is severe or poses a danger to the community. The Building Board of Appeals may authorize the City to enter and abate violations via repair or demolition. In the case of vacant or blighted blighted residential structures, a registration and monitoring program exists, as established in Chapter 9, Article VIII of the Code of Ordinances.

Chapters from the Code of Ordinances pertaining to code enforcement:


Reporting violations

  • Curb lawn trash violations or unsightly property can be reported by calling our 24-hour hotline at (269) 337-8221 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tall grass and weeds may be reported by calling our 24-hour hotline at (269) 337-8847. Reports of these violations are accepted between May and October. 
  • To report issues with residential or commercial properties, please submit a pdf service request (82 KB) to the Community Planning & Development office by fax to (269) 337-8513 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Forms & Applications

Please review the Community Planning & Development fee schedule to determine if a fee applies to your request. Forms may be submitted my mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or faxed to (269) 337-8513. All forms must be signed whether or not they are submitted electronically.

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Contact

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 (269) 337-8047
 (269) 337-8182
 241 West South Street
     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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