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WHAT DO ST. LOUIS COUNTY INSPECTORS LOOK FOR?

The Inspector performs a visual inspection of the premises based on the International Property Maintenance Code (2000).
The Public Works Department then issues a report detailing code violations that require correction prior to the issuance
of a new re-occupancy permit. The following is a list of the more common items that are included in the inspection:

EXTERIOR INSPECTION FIREWOOD SECTION 302.1


DERELICT VEHICLE/TRAILERS SECTION 302.8 Stack all firewood neatly 12 inches above ground.
Remove derelict and unlicensed vehicle from premises. FENCE SECTION 302.7.1, 302.7.2, 303.2
EXTERIOR RUBBISH AND DEBRIS SECTION 302.1, 305.1 Repair damaged or deteriorated fence section Paint fence where
Remove and dispose of all rubbish, garbage, tree limbs or yard waste. paint is peeling or metal surfaces that are rusted. Fences around
TALL GRASS SECTION 302.4 swimming pools must maintain four foot height and use gate latch
Cut grass over 8 inches in height. hardware that is not accessible to small children.
EXTERIOR PAINTING SECTION 303.6
Scrape and paint all exterior surfaces where there is GENERAL INSPECTION-ALL AREAS
chipping and flaking paint. STAIRS AND PLATFORMS: BALUSTERS SECTION 303.12.
HOUSE NUMBERS SECTION 303.3 Secure loose balusters and replace those that are missing. New
Install missing house numbers. Numbers shall be baluster installation require four inch maximum opening between
visible from the street and be at least 4 inches in height. Balusters, and their configuration must not present a ladder effect
SIDING REPAIR SECTION 303.6 STAIRS AND PLATFORM: TREAD AND RISERS SECTION
Repair siding by replacing all loose, missing, or deteriorated siding 303.10.1, 303.10, 304.4
and new trim necessary to complete the work. Repair/Replace deteriorated or damaged stair treads and risers.
ACCESSORY BUILDING SECTION 302.7 Stair risers and treads shall maintain the same height and depth
Repair or remove deteriorated accessory building. for the length of the stairs so as to avoid a tripping hazard.
GUTTERS SECTION 303.7 STAIRS AND PLATFORM: HANDRAILS SECTION 303.12
Repair or replace all loose or missing sections of guttering and 304.5, 304.5.1
downspouts; replace missing end caps or elbow, and seal leaks. Repair or replace deteriorated, loose, or missing handrails. New
clean out leaves, debris , and other foreign matter from all gutters handrail shall be 34 to 38 inches above the stair tread or floors
and downspouts. STAIRS AND PLATFORMS: GAURDRAILS SECTION
DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALK REPAIR SECTION 302.3 303.12, 303.12.1, 304.5, 304.5.1
Repair deteriorated driveway or sidewalk by patching all cracks Repair or replace deteriorated, loose or missing guardrails.
and voids and replacing damaged sections. Eliminate ¾ inch Guardrails are required at 36 inches minimum height, where
or more of differential in height of slab section by mud jacking walking platforms are 30 inches or more above adjacent
or feather out with mortar. walking surfaces.
PORCH AND DECK REPAIR SECTION 303.1 STAIRS AND PLATFORMS: STAIR STRINGERS SECTION
Repair wood porch or deck by securing loose wood and replacing 303.10, 304.4
deteriorated sections with new lumber. Repair/Replace deteriorated or missing stair stringer.
EXTERIOR CONCRETE REPAIR SECTION 302.3 DOOR REPAIR SECTION 302.1
Repair existing concrete steps, patio, walks, or porch by Fit and adjust door to operate properly, and close snugly.
re-cementing all cracks, holes, and voids. Eliminate ¾ inch Repair/Replace deteriorated or defective door. Repair or
or more of differential in height of slab section by mud Replace deteriorated wood jamb. Replace or repair deteriorated
jacking or feathering out with mortar. threshold and hardware.
ROOF REPAIR SECTION 303.7 WINDOW REPAIR SECTION 303.13, 303.13.1, 303.13.2
Repair existing roof by replacing any loose or missing Replace all crack or broken windows. Repair all broken sash
shingles. Repair existing roof by sealing leaking section. cords, chains, missing windowsill, or window weights. Repair/
Repair deteriorated or loose flashing to chimney and Replace torn or missing screens. Replace deteriorated or missing
rooftop vents. window putty. Loosen windows that have been painted shut, to
WEATHERPROOFING SECTION 303.15, 303.2 operate properly.
Eliminate air and water infiltration by pressure caulking cracks WINDOW SCREEN SECTION 303.14
joints, and caulking around all windows, door, and other openings. Window screens must be provided for each habitable room
EXTERIOR MASONRY REPAIR SECTION 303.6, 303.11, 303.5 between April 15 and November 15.
Tuck-point masonry walls or chimney. Repair loose areas by removing EXTERMINATION OF PESTS SECTION 302.5, 306.1
mortar and masonry and replace. Exterminate health hazard by thoroughly treating affective areas
RETAINING WALL SECTION 302.7 for insects, pests, and rodents according to standard practices
Repair deteriorated retaining walls. of the trade regard ing extermination and termite prevention.
GRADING SECTION 302.2 STRUCTURE: JOISTS, GIRDERS, POST SECTION 303.4, 304.2
Properly grade premises where soil erosion and accumulation of Reinforce, level and repair sagging floor joist. Remove sagging
stagnant water exist. girder and install new girder. Replace deteriorated support post.
INTERIOR INSPECTION ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
SMOKE DETECTORS SECTION 704.1 ELECTRICAL: REWIRING SECTION 603.1
Install and maintain smoke detectors: on the ceiling or wall in the hall outside Remove existing deteriorated or improper/undersized electrical
separate sleeping areas within 15 ft. of bedrooms; in each bedroom; and in wiring and replace with proper gauge wiring. Remove all extension
each inhabitable story of the house, including basements, but not in cords used as permanent wiring.
uninhabitable attics or crawlspaces. ELECTRICAL: GROUND WIRE JUMPER CABLE SECTION 605.1
FIRESTOPPING SECTION 703.1 Install ground-wire jumper cable with clamps on both sides of water
Install fire stopping at openings in ceilings or floors, or openings where meter. Minimum wire size #8.
pipes or wires enter through walls, ceilings, or floors. Fire stops may be ELECTRICAL: REPAIR SERVICE BOX SECTION 605.1
22 gauge steel sheet metal, ¾ inch plywood, or ½ inch sheetrock. Eliminate hazardous conditions by providing service box cover and
GARAGE/HOUSE FIRE SEPARATION SECTION 703.1 door at electrical service panel. Keep door closed as a fire prevention
Install, or repair holes in the gypsum board (sheetrock) fire separation measure. Eliminate hazardous condition by installing fuses, circuit
wall between living space and garage or openings where pipes or wires breaker, or blank covers in openings. Properly secure electric service
enter through walls, ceilings or floors. panel to wall.
INTERIOR PAINTING SECTION 304.3 ELECTRICAL: OVERFUSING SECTION 604.3
Scrape and repaint all areas with peeling and flaking paint. Eliminate potential hazard by replacing high amperage fuses with fuses
SUBFLOORS SECTION 304.2 of 15 AMP rating.
Replace deteriorated sub-floors. ELECTRICAL: ADDITIONAL RECEPTACLE SECTION 605.2
FLOOR COVERING SECTION 304.3 Install additional electrical receptacle as needed. Two in each room
Repair existing floor by securing any loose flooring and replace all are the minimum required and one in the bathroom.. Any new
deteriorated or missing sections of flooring covering. Replace damaged bathroom receptacle outlet shall have ground fault protection.
tile or deteriorated carpet. ELECTRICAL: DEFECTIVE RECEPTACLE SECTION 604.3
EMERGENCY EGRESS DEADBOLTS SECTION 702.3 Properly wire open grounded or reversed polarity receptacles. Replace
Replace interior key operated deadbolts with interior thumb latch. defective receptacles. When replacing receptacles in ungrounded
APPLIANCE REPAIR SECTION 603.1 circuits they must be of the two prong type, GFCI type, or have
Repair or replace defective or inoperable appliance. connections made to the grounded circuit conductor system. Secure
INTERIOR: BASEMENT WALL LEAKS SECTION 304.1 receptacle to the structure. All floor-mounted receptacles must be an
Repair leaking basement walls. approved floor-mounted type receptacle with approved covers.
INTERIOR: FIREPLACE REPAIR SECTION 603.1 ELECTRICAL: COVERPLATES SECTION 605.1
Repair defective fireplace damper, gas burners, or ash dump. Tuck-point Eliminate hazardous condition by providing cover plates for light
firebox or chimney mortar where deteriorated. switches, outlets and other electrical boxes.
INTERIOR CONDITION SECTION 304.1 ELECTRICAL: LIGHT SWITCH SECTION 604.3
The interior of the structure must be maintained in good repair and Repair defective light switch . Secure all loose switches.
structurally sound. ELECTRICAL: LIGHT FIXTURES SECTION 604.3
BATH TOILET REPAIR SECTION 504.1 Remove light fixtures where the weight of the fixture is supported
Repair toilet flush mechanism by adjusting or replacing defective by the electrical cord. Replace with U.L. Listed light fixture. Repair
mechanisms to insure proper water level. Anchor toilet to floor. or replace damaged fixtures. Replace missing or damaged globes.
Replace deteriorated toilet seat. ELECTRICAL: OPEN SPLICES SECTION 604.3
BATH: TOILET BASE SEAL SECTION 504.1 Install all exposed wires splices in junction boxes with covers.
Install new seal at base of toilet to prevent leakage at floor. ELECTRICAL: LOOSE WIRES SECTION 605.1
BATH: VANITY SECTION 304.1 Secure all loose and hanging wires by running wiring through the
Repair or replace deteriorated cabinet vanity beneath existing lavatory. floor joists, or secure wires to the structure.
BATH: TUB ENCLOSURE/SHOWER DOORS SECTION 504.1 ELECTRICAL: OBSOLETE WIRING SECTION 604.3
Repair or replace deteriorated tub enclosure. Repair deteriorated joints Remove all obsolete, unused, and dead wiring.
at the tub and wall by removing damaged caulk and re-caulking. ELECTRICAL: GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLAMP SECTION 604.3
Repair or replace deteriorated/damaged shower door. Install a wire clamp, suitable for the wiring method, on the garbage
KITCHEN/BATHROOM: MECHANICAL VENT SECTION 403.1, 403.2 disposal.
Provide adequate ventilation by installing mechanical ventilation fan with
necessary ductwork and properly tying to switch or by installing window.
KITCHEN CABINETS SECTION 304.1
Repair existing damaged or deteriorated wood cabinets or countertop
KITCHEN STOVE ANCHOR SECTION 603.1
Install anti-tipping anchor for stove according to manufacturer specifications.

BASEMENT BEDROOMS must offer egress by means of a door that opens


to the exterior, or a window of at least a 5.7 square feet opening that is no
higher than 44 inches from finish floor to window sill.
MECHANICAL INSPECTION PLUMBING: FLOOR OPENING COVER SECTION 504.3
GAS PIPING: APPLIANCE CONNECTOR PIPE SECTION 603.1 Install missing grate or cover for plumbing drain opening in floor.
Replace defective or damaged flexible appliance gas piping with an MULTIFAMILY DWELLING INSPECTION
approved material. MULTIFAMILY: FIRE DOOR BLOCKED SECTION 702.1
GAS PIPING: SHUT-OFF VALVES SECTION 603.1 Remove all blocks or chains from required self-closing doors.
Install an in-line gas shut-off valve for gas appliance. The furnace MULTIFAMILY: FIRE DOOR REPLACEMENT SECTION 701.2
and water heater must have separate gas shut-off valves. Repair or replace defective fire rated door.
GAS PIPING: DRIP-LEG SECTION 603.1 MUTIFAMILY: FIRE DOOR CLOSER SECTION 701.2
Install missing drip-leg on water heater or furnace. Repair/Replace approved, defective door closer for fire rated door.
MECHANICAL: DUCT WORK SECTION 607.1 MULTIFAMILY: EXIT SIGNS SECTION 701.2
Replace deteriorated or missing sections of sheet metal ductwork. Restore/Replace missing or defective exit signs.
install missing heat register suitable for proper airflow. MULTIFAMILY: EXIT LIGHTING SECTION 402.2
MECHANICAL: FURNACE OR WATER HEATER FLUE PIPE Restore required exit lighting in halls and stairwells.
SECTION 603.2 MULTIFAMILY: EXIT STAIR STORAGE SECTION 702.1
Install 3 sheet metal screws at each metal flue joint. Properly seal Remove all illegal storage from stairs.
opening around furnace flue at chimney. Replace missing or
deteriorated chimney cap.
MECHANICAL DRYER VENT SECTION 403.5
Install 4-inch smooth metal vent pipe to outside air with cover for
clothes dryer.
MECHANICAL: THERMOSTAT SECTION 603.1
Replace defective thermostat for HVAC system.

PLUMBING INSPECTION
PLUMBING: FAUCET SECTION 505.1
Replace deteriorated water faucet. Repair leaking faucet by
replacing washers, rings, packing, and reseat valves if needed.
PLUMBING: TRAP AND VENT SECTION 504.1
Properly trap and vent all plumbing fixtures.
PLUMBING: P-TRAP REPLACEMENT SECTION 505.1
Replace defective, improper, or corroded P-trap to insure sanitary
operation. Plastic flex pipe in traps not acceptable.
PLUMBING: WATER HEATER RELIEF VALVE SECTION 505.4
Eliminate potential hazardous condition by extending hot water heater
blow-off arm within 2 to 6 inches of the floor. The blow-off arm must
be steel, copper, or galvanized, the same diameter as the
pressure relief valve opening, but at least ¾ inches. Replace relief
valve if deteriorated.
PLUMBING: SOIL STACK SECTION 504.3
Repair soil stack leak by removing defective sections of pipe and
fittings and installing new pipe and fittings.
PLUMBING: CLEAN-OUT PLUG SECTION 504.3
Install missing clean-out plug in soil stack.
PLUMBING: OBSOLETE FIXTURES SECTION 504.3
Remove obsolete unused plumbing fixtures. Cap obsolete water
And drain piping back at the connection to the main drain and stack.
PLUMBING: CLOGGED DRAINAGE SECTION 504.1
Repair slow drainage. Rod out the household waste drains and sewer line.
PLUMBING: WATER SUPPLY LINES SECTION 505.3
Remove plastic hot and cold water supply lines and replace with an
approved metal material.
PLUMBING: REPLACEMENT OF DETERIORATED WATER LINES
SECTION 505.3
Repair water supply lines by removing all deteriorated and leaking sections
of piping. Install new sections of water piping complete with all required
fittings, insulated connectors, and shut-off valves.
PLUMBING: SECURE WATER LINES SECTION 504.3
Properly anchor hot and cold water supply lines to prevent vibrations and
water pipe hammering. 11/5/07