Occupancy Inspections

Occupancy Inspections must be conducted whenever a home in Baldwin sells and whenever a new tenant moves into a rental unit. Please call Stephanie (contact info on the right) to schedule your inspection. Baldwin enforces the 2009 Property Maintenance Code for these inspections.

Occupancy Permit Requirements


The following updates are customary to residential occupancy permit requirements. Note that this does not limit the types of violations cited during an occupancy inspection:
  • Exterior of property must be maintained
  • Smoke Detectors (1 per floor and 1 per bedroom) battery operated is acceptable for existing homes
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) plugs in kitchen, bathroom, and within 6' of water. (including the exterior, unfinished basement, garage)
  • Handrails when there are more than 4 risers (inside and outside) on one side
  • Proper venting of hot water tank and furnace
  • Mechanical fans are required in all bathrooms where a window is not present
  • Health and safety issues (trash, high grass, abandoned vehicles, etc)
  • Fire extinguishers in all rental properties
  • Electrical wiring in good condition
  • Plumbing must be in compliance with the International Plumbing Code
  • Integral garage ceilings must be completely fire separated from living space above. Any holes must be covered with fire rated material
  • Must have solid wood or steel door with threshold between basement and an integral garage

Occupancy Inspection Documents