Health Department

Property Maintenance

515 S. Liberty St.
Independence, MO 64050
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, except for most government holidays
Phone: (816) 325-7193


 

It is the mission of the Environmental Public Health Division/Property Maintenance Unit to work in partnership with the people of Independence to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment.  The City of Independence has developed municipal codes intended to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of its residents. The Property Maintenance Code and Health Code set the standards by which development must conform.

We administer a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements. The codes we enforce are:

 

We work with residents, neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other City of Independence Departments to:

  • Empower community self-help programs.
  • Develop public outreach programs.
  • Establish community priorities for the enforcement program.

Enforcement Methods

In most cases, the person responsible for a code violation is given an opportunity to voluntarily comply with the law and correct the situation.

Once the deadline in the compliance order has passed, the owner or responsible person is subject to one or both of the remedies listed below. (In addition to any fines that result, fees including administrative costs will be charged for any abatement action.)

  • General Ordinance Summons (GOS) - This remedy is designed to address minor violations. The fines range from $150 to $500 and generally increase with each offense.
  • Abatement - This remedy is used when the City needs to take action to abate a nuisance. In a typical case, the Division will hire a private contractor to board and secure a structure or clean a property of trash and weeds.