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1 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Civic Center Complex, Room 310
Evansville, IN 47708
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Existing Structure Exterior Property Requirements


All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The occupant shall keep that part of the exterior property, which such occupant occupies or controls, in a clean and sanitary condition.

Grading and Drainage

All premises shall be graded and maintained to prevent the erosion of soil and to prevent the accumulation of water thereon, or within any structure located thereon.


Stairs and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair, and maintained free from hazardous conditions. 

Rodent Harborage

All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation.

  • Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not be injurious to human health.
  • After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent re-infestation.

Exhaust Vents

Pipes, ducts, conductors, fans or blowers shall not discharge gases, steam, vapor, hot air, grease, smoke, odors or other gaseous or particulate wastes directly upon abutting or adjacent public or private property or that of another tenant.

Accessory Structures

All accessory structures on premises shall be maintained in compliance with all Property Maintenance Codes.

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and in good repair.

Defacement of Property

No person shall willfully or wantonly damage, mutilate or deface any exterior surface of any structure or building on any private or public property by placing thereon any marking, carving or graffiti without the consent of the owner.

  • It shall be the responsibility of the owner to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair.

Exterior Use or Storage of Indoor Furniture Prohibited

No person occupying or having control of any premises shall allow the use or storage of furniture which is upholstered or not designed for outdoor use in an uncovered or exposed area where it is likely to decay, decompose, or retain moisture causing a health hazard.

Exterior Structure

The exterior of a structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety, welfare or be a public nuisance.

Protective Treatment

All exterior surfaces, including, but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences shall be maintained in good condition.

  • Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment.
  • Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.
  • All siding and masonry joints as well as those between the building envelope and the perimeter of windows, doors, and skylights shall be maintained weather-resistant and watertight.
  • All metal surfaces subject to rust or corrosion shall be coated to inhibit such rust and corrosion, and all surfaces with rust or corrosion shall be stabilized and coated to inhibit future rust and corrosion.
  • Oxidation stains shall be removed from exterior surfaces. Surfaces designed for stabilization by oxidation are exempt from this requirement.

Posting of Street Numbers

To enhance response for emergency services, it shall be the responsibility of each and every property owner, trustee, lessee, agent and occupant of each residence, apartment building, business or industry (“affected party”) to purchase, post and maintain address numbers as required under this policy at all times.

  • Each structure to which a street number has been assigned shall have such number or number series displayed in a position easily observed and readable from the public right-of-way.
  • All numbers shall be in Arabic numerals (or equivalent) at least three inches (76 mm) high and a minimum of one-half-inch (13 mm) stroke, and shall be a contrasting color from the background, house, apartment building, business or industry and be clearly visible night and day.
  • Each required number shall be affixed on the front of the building or on a mailbox located on the same lot in such a location that it may be easily and readily seen by a person of ordinary eyesight on the public street or highway upon which the building abuts.
    • If the structure is 50 feet or more from the road, the address number must be at the entrance to a driveway accessing the structure and on the structure if multiple buildings are located on the same drive.
    • The sign at the drive or on a mailbox located on the same lot should be placed perpendicular to the road, or facing the road, so the number can be seen when traveling from either direction.
    • If a structure can be accessed through an alleyway, the numbers must also be posted at the rear of the structure or on an outbuilding adjoining the alley in the same manner they are posted on the front of the structure.
    • Multiple-unit structures should display the building number in such a manner as to be visible from the road as outlined above, and in addition unit numbers should be clearly placed at the entrance of each unit. It shall be the duty of each and every affected party, upon affixing a new address number, to remove any conflicting number.
  • It shall be unlawful to cover any address number with any sign, drapery, or other obstruction tending to conceal such number.

Structural Members

All structural members shall be maintained free from deterioration, and shall be capable of safely supporting the imposed dead and live loads.

Foundation Walls

All foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and free from open cracks and breaks and shall be kept in such condition so as to prevent the entry of rodents.

  • Mortar joints shall be maintained.

Exterior Walls

All exterior walls shall be free from holes, breaks, and loose or rotting materials; and maintained weatherproof and properly surface-coated where required to prevent deterioration.

Roofs and Drainage

The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain.

  • Roofing shall be installed as designed by its manufacturer.
  • Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior portion of the structure.
  • Every structure shall have adequate gutters and downspouts in sound condition maintained in good repair to divert normal rainwater from the roof to available storm sewer or to other areas on the premises where dispersal of water will not adversely affect the foundation of any structure.
  • If there is no storm sewer available, the downspouts shall terminate above grade with a diverter and splash block to direct water away from the foundation of this and adjacent dwellings.

Decorative Features

All cornices, belt courses, corbels, terra-cotta trim, wall facing and similar decorative features shall be maintained in good repair with proper anchorage and in a safe condition.

Overhang Extensions

All canopies, marquees, signs, metal awnings, fire escapes, standpipes, exhaust ducts and similar overhang extensions shall be maintained in good repair and be properly anchored so as to be kept in a sound condition.

  • When required, all exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.

Stairways, Decks, Porches and Balconies

Every exterior stairway, deck, porch and balcony, and all attached or detached structures thereto, shall be maintained structurally sound, in good repair, with proper anchorage and capable of supporting the imposed loads.

Chimneys and Towers

All chimneys, cooling towers, smoke stacks, and similar attached or detached structures shall be maintained structurally safe and sound, and in good repair.

  • All exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.

Handrails and Guardrails

Every handrail and guardrail shall be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.

Window and Doorframes

Every window, door and frame shall be kept in sound condition, good repair and weather tight.

(1) Glazing. All glazing materials shall be maintained free from cracks and holes.

(2) Openable Windows. Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be easily opened and capable of being held in position by window hardware.

Insect Screens

During the period from April 1st to November 1st, every door, window and other outside opening utilized or required for ventilation purposes serving any structure containing habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas, or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored, shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch, and every swinging door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.

Exception: Screen doors and windows shall not be required where other approved means, such as air conditioners, air curtains or insect-repellent fans are employed.


All exterior doors and hardware shall be maintained in good condition. Locks at all entrances to dwelling units and rooming units shall tightly secure the doors.

Basement Hatchways

Every basement hatchway shall be maintained in good condition to prevent the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage water and capable of supporting normally imposed loads.

Basement Windows

Every basement window that is openable shall be supplied with rodent-proof shields, storm windows or other approved protection against the entry of rodents.

Other Concerns

  • County Weed Control (812) 435-5777
  • County Trash Control (812) 435-5695
  • Zoning and Sign Information (812) 435-5226
  • Abandoned Vehicles (812) 435-5226
  • Fences (812) 435-5226
  • Air Quality (812) 435-6145
  • Mold and Lead Paint (812) 435-5695