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City of Tupelo

Codes Enforcement


Code Enforcement is beginning a windshield survey to determine the most blighted areas of the City.






Codes Enforcement

Our Codes Enforcement Staff enforce the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code, part of the International Code Council.

Codes Enforcement’s mission is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain and improve the quality of our city by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal code, as well as working with residents, neighborhood associations, public services agencies and other City departments. The City of Tupelo adopted Ordinances and Codes

  1. Establish the procedure for the repair and demolition of dilapidated and unsafe buildings.
  2. Gives the City of Tupelo the authority to clean private property that is overgrown, unclean or has dilapidated structures on it.
  3. Set minimum property maintenance and community appearance standards regarding junk vehicles, junk, open storage, screening of junkyards
    and restrictions on parking commercial vehicles in residential districts.

The Ordinances and Codes are specifically designed to ensure the absence of blight, nuisances, and to maintain a clean environment for all citizens in our city. This is done by working in partnership with the people of Tupelo.

Common Things That Our Inspectors Look For And Where to Find Them

Violation Section Source
Junk/Litter 9.6.11 Development Code
Junk Vehicle 9.6.10 Development Code
Commercial/Recreational Vehicle 9.6.14 Development Code
Outdoor Storage 9.6.4 Development Code
Garbage Container 9.6.7 Development Code
Lawn Parking 9.6.6 Development Code
Zoning Various Development Code
Carport Sale 15-106 Code of Ordinances
Fence Repair 9.6.16 Development Code
Satellite Dish 12.1.4 Development Code
Swimming Pool 303 IPMC
Premises ID 304.3 IPMC
Raw Sweage 506 IPMC
Accessory Structure 12.1.1(2) Development Code

Click on the Section number to go to that Chapter of the Development Code or the Code of Ordinances.  The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) is a copyrighted document and cannot be linked here.  Our office has copies available for public viewing or purchase for $22.50.

Enforced by
Police Department
(662) 841-6412

Abandoned or Inoperable Vehicles
Continuous Yard Sales
Illegal Dumping
Illegal Street Vendors
Overgrown Lots
Unlawful Use of Land
Commercial Vehicle in Residential Area
Enforced by
Development Services
(662) 841-6510

Abandoned Vacant Buildings
Dilapidated Building
Housing Code Violations
Unsafe Buildings
Junk Vehicles
Lawn Parking
Fence Repair
Outdoor Storage

Be A Partner

You can make Tupelo a better place by partnering with the City of Tupelo. Follow these simple steps to resolve the problem.

  1. Contact the responsible person and describe the nature of the problem.
    Discuss how the problem affects you and solutions.
  2. Contact your Neighborhood Association and let them know the size and scope of the concern.
    Attend neighborhood association meetings and get involved to resolve the issues.
  3. File a complaint with the appropriate department if all other steps prove unsuccessful.
    A City Inspector or Codes Enforcement Officer will visit the location and assess the situation.

The violator of City code(s) is given the opportunity to voluntarily comply with the law and correct the situation within a reasonable period. If the violator does not voluntarily comply, Code Enforcement Division will have a public hearing giving a specific deadline for compliance. If the violator takes no action, the Division will take corrective action to remedy the problem. Several options are available:

  1. Board the property
  2. Demolish the property
  3. Fine of up to $1,000.00 and/or by imprisonment in jail for 30 days.
  4. Fine of $100.00 for the first day following the expiration of the order to repair, vacate or demolish or following the occupancy or re-occupancy of the building in violation. A penalty of $10.00 per day will be imposed for each subsequent day that failure to comply continues.
  5. Judicial Remedies are used when other remedies are not believed to have high probabilities of success. A violation of any provision of the code shall constitutes a misdemeanor, and the violator may be fined up to $500.00 or up to 30 days imprisonment or both for such offense.
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