Building Inspection & Code Enforcement

Building Inspection & Code Enforcement

Under the direction of Chief Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer, the Code Enforcement Building Inspection Department performs a variety of routine and complex work in the investigation and enforcement of potential violations of municipal and state laws, city ordinance, national and state codes and regulations to include zoning, building, environmental, land use, health and safety of public welfare.

Facebook: City of Osceola

Phone: 870-563-5245

Duties of the Chief Building Inspector

  • Performs a variety of duties to include plan reviews, overseeing the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code compliance on new construction and remodeling.
  • Responsible for performing electrical, plumbing, and HVAC and structural inspections on residential, commercial and industrial construction projects.
  • Inspects and regulates the International Property Maintenance Code.
  • Maintains yearly State of Arkansas Plumbing and HVAC Inspector licenses.
  • Maintains the lateral capability of performing all phases of Residential and Commercial inspections from job start to finish.

Also acts as liaison between citizens of Osceola and the Osceola Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Duties of the Code Enforcement Officer

  • Responds to complaints of potential code violations relating to signage, abandoned and/or hazardous buildings, property nuisances, land use, zoning, noise, dumping, polluting, property maintenance, or other code related matters.
  • Patrols the city to locate and correct code violations.
  • Conducts field investigations of potential violations; gathers evidence; questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects; compares facts to code requirements; makes findings; sets hearings; and issues warnings, correction notices, or citations.
  • Meets with owners, tenants, businesses, etc. to review and explain code requirements and violations or potential violations; secures code compliance.
  • Follows through on the enforcement of conditions of approval and mitigation measures associated with discretionary permit issuance.
  • Represents the city in the course of assignment; maintain effective and cooperative relations with the public.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and interpret all city codes; explain enforcement procedures to the public.
  • Prepares a variety of written reports, memos, notice of violations and correspondence related to code enforcement activities.
  • Assists in obtaining, preparing or presenting exhibits or other evidence in court as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by the Mayor of Osceola.
  • Enters and maintains electronic records and data bases on code enforcement activities.