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December 17, 2021 - 9:07pm
posted by Press Release in batavia, news, Bureau of Inspection, code enforcement, safety.

Press Release:

   The condition of buildings and land in the City of Batavia plays a vital role in the quality of life enjoyed by the City's residents, merchants and visitors. Enforcement of the Municipal Property and Zoning Codes ensures that each property meets required standards. The Municipal Property and Zoning Codes protect the health, safety and welfare of those who live, work and visit the City, and conserves the value of the property and neighboring properties. It also conserves the value of the property and neighboring properties.

   The City of Batavia has a total of 4,460 residential structures, 514 commercial structures, and 34 Industrial structures. The condition and maintenance of these existing structures as well as the safe and code compliant construction of new buildings plays a vital role in the success of our businesses and City.  In order to preserve these structure and enhance neighborhoods, the Bureau of Inspection conducts property and building code inspections and code enforcement activity.

  “It is important that residents understand the role inspections plays here in Batavia, “ said Jill Wiedrick, Assistant City Manager. “Residents in Batavia seek a high quality of life in an aesthetically pleasing environment and are affected by what they see when they open their door every day. The Bureau of Inspection’s mission is to ensure a City where all residents have a clean, safe environment to live, work and play.”

  The goal of the Bureau of Inspection is to achieve timely voluntary compliance of code violations. Code Enforcement Officers balance the goal of gaining voluntary compliance with ensuring the health and safety of our residents. They attempt to minimize the negative impact violations such as peeling paint, missing roof shingles, vehicles parked on lawns, trash, debris, and high grass have on neighborhoods.

Code Enforcement Officers follow a scripted process when inspecting structures and enforcing the Code.

Step One: Inspection:

An inspection is conducted by a Code Enforcement Officer on the basis of a complaint, neighborhood survey, or a referral.  The primary focus of these inspections are on health, safety and removal of blight.  If violations are present, a Notice and Order citation is issued to the owner requiring correction.

Step Two: Re-inspection:

The Code Enforcement Officer re-inspects a cited property.  If the owner does not comply with the Notice and Order citation, the case will be prepared for the court process.

November 10, 2021 - 4:21pm
posted by Press Release in Bureau of Inspection, batavia, news.

Press release:

Although not a well-known branch of municipal government, the Bureau of Inspections impacts each of us on a daily basis. The Bureau of Inspections strives to keep the City free of trash and debris by enforcing local ordinances, inspecting current structures for safety, and ensuring new building construction meets State and City regulations. As a result of this, the Bureau of Inspections is tasked with many different responsibilities including, permit review, site plan review, inspections of permitted work, enforcement, and staffing the City’s three land use boards. With a staff of 3 full-time employees and one part-time employee, the Bureau of Inspections covers the entire City; all 5.2 square miles of it!

Over the course of the next few weeks, we are going to take a deeper dive into the inner workings of the Bureau of Inspections, including permitting, land use boards, and enforcement. Each of these is a portion of the daily tasks that are part of the responsibilities of the Bureau of Inspections, but arguably have the most impact on City residents.

“It is extremely important for residents to understand the role inspections play here in the City of Batavia, “ said Jill Wiedrick, Assistant City Manager. “Residents in Batavia seek a high quality of life in an aesthetically pleasing environment and are affected by what they see when they open their door every day. The Bureau of Inspections' mission is to ensure a City where all residents have a clean, safe environment to live, work, and play.”

February 16, 2021 - 5:01pm

From the city Department of Public Works:

The offices of the Department of Public Works Administration and the Bureau of Inspection will be closed on Monday, Feb. 22, for mandatory training.

The offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Anyone needing to do business with either office please plan accordingly.

April 17, 2020 - 4:34pm

From the City of Batavia:

Though the Bureau of Inspection office is currently closed to the public, building permits are still being issued and necessary inspections are being conducted. Building permit applications can be printed from the City of Batavia website, or obtained by contacting the Bureau of Inspection.

“Many residents and contractors may be looking to plan projects, and I want to make sure they realize that the City Bureau of Inspection office is accepting and processing permit applications and will issue permits for the construction season,” said Matt Worth, director of Public Works for the City of Batavia.

An inspector is typically in the office to answer questions, by phone, that you may have in regards to any project you may be considering.

Permits may be submitted through the following methods:

  • Email – [email protected]
  • Fax -- (585) 345-1385
  • Placed in the City Hall drop box adjacent to the City Hall front door

Applicants will be notified when the permit has been issued, at which time, payment can be made by the following methods:

  • Check sent by mail to Bureau of Inspection, at One Batavia City Centre
  • Dropbox on the wall outside the doors of City Hall
  • Personal internet banking
  • Credit card over the phone (fee will be applied)

Applicants must call in advance for required inspections.

For questions, please call the Bureau of Inspection at (585) 345-6345.

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