Housing & Community Development
The Housing and Community Development Department uses a team of Code Enforcement Officers to enforce city property maintenance codes and ordinances, as well as Community Development who manages grants, and Housing First to assist the chronic homeless.
The Housing and Community Development Department is made up of three different departments. Code Enforcement which enforces the city property maintenance code. Community Development, The Assistant Director of the Housing & Community Development Department (HCDD) is responsible for the application for and administration of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funding. The Assistant Director also applies for and administers a variety of other state and federal grant funds, including Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition, Community Parks & Playgrounds and Program Open Space. Lastly, Housing First Division which works with the chronically homeless in Salisbury to assist them with housing needs.
Contrary to popular belief, the property maintenance code pertains to all buildings located within the corporate limits not just residential structures. Topics covered in the property maintenance code include, but are not limited to;
Interior violations: life safety, sanitation, equipment, etc.
Exterior violations: peeling paint, broken windows, rotting wood, etc.
Brush, Weeds and Noxious Growth: grass 8 inches or higher, over growth, weeds
Untagged or inoperable vehicles: improperly registered, abandoned, inoperable
The HCDD also enforces the landlord licensing ordinance. Any property owner who owns rental property within the city limits of Salisbury must first obtain a Rental Unit Owners License and then register each property that they own. This must be done through the HCDD. The applications can be downloaded via this web site, completed by the owner or property manager and mailed to HCDD.