Bureau of Property Maintenance and Housing Inspections
The Bureau of Property Maintenance and Housing Inspections is responsible for ensuring safe and quality housing stock through the administration of the City of Lancaster’s Property Maintenance and Rental Property Ordinances.
Our Housing Inspectors
Are Certified Code officials of International Property Maintenance (IPMC) which provides requirements for continued use and maintenance of building elements, site conditions, swimming pools, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems in existing residential and nonresidential structures.
What We Do
The Bureau is committed to working with residents, tenants, property owners, landlords, and community organizations to educate the public on maintaining their properties.
Pursuant to City Ordinance Chapter 238 Rental Property, and Chapter 223 Property Maintenance, and Chapter 182 Lead Poisoning Prevention & Lead Hazard Control, the City of Lancaster has established a Residential Rental Property Program.
Promote public health, safety and welfare by establishing accountability for the proper maintenance of residential rental housing units through a license and registration program and a systematic inspection process. Regular inspections of rental properties are conducted to ensure safety and maintain quality of life standards.
The City will systematically inspect all residential rental properties no less frequently than every six years as set forth in the policies and procedures. Systematic inspections are scheduled 90 days in advance.
We conduct complaint based inspections when notified through the Housing Hotline at (717) 291-4706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report property maintenance violations.
For violations related to grass and weeds, trash, or snow removal, please contact the SWEEPS hotline at (717) 291-4744 or email SWHotline@cityoflancasterpa.gov
The Bureau of Property Maintenance & Housing Inspections will inspect approximately 12,000 rental properties built prior to 1978 over a four-year cycle for possible lead hazards during the systematic inspection process to minimize lead hazards within the city’s housing stock.
New requirements go into effect January 2023. The new ordinance enhances lead safety protections in rental housing and childcare facilities. This ordinance requires all rental properties and childcare facilities built before 1978 to meet lead safety requirements every two to four years. Learn more at cityoflancasterpa.gov/lead-safe.
Associated Boards, Commissions & Authorities
Sectors & Building Blocks
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