Code Enforcement

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Annen Vance, Code Enforcement Official
69 N. South Street, Wilmington Ohio – 2nd Floor – Room 229
Office Phone : 937-382-6509

*If you are requesting an inspection, case update, or a call back, please leave a detailed message, otherwise, your call will not be returned. 

“The Code Enforcement Department strives to fairly and efficiently enforce and uphold the Codes and Ordinances while protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents, businesses, owners, and visitors.”

General Overview
The Code Enforcement Department accepts complaints from citizens as well as other local departments and agencies regarding violations of the City’s Property Maintenance and Zoning Codes. The department handles a variety of violations including regarding exterior property maintenance, junk vehicles, litter, grass and weeds, infestations, interior property issues, and other property violations and then investigates each complaint to determine a course of action.

Specific Examples of Property and Code Violations

  • Litter and Trash
  • Junk Vehicles or RV Storage on Residential Property- (This does not apply to cars parked in the street)
  • Abandoned Shopping Carts
  • Exterior Structure Maintenance- Roofing, Windows, Siding, and General Property Disrepair
  • Interior Structure Maintenance- Walls, Flooring, Leaks, Deficient Wiring or Plumbing, Infestation, Hoarding
  • Damaged, Dangerous, or Uneven Sidewalks
  • Vacant Unsecured Property
  • Tall Grass (exceeding 10 inches April 15th through October 31st )
  • Overgrown Trees and Shrubs (Growing over sidewalks or roads)
  • Outdoor Storage of Items
  • Trash and Recycling Containers
  • Unsafe Properties- Infestations or Unsanitary Interior Issues

The full directory of Wilmington City Code of Ordinances can be found online at our Municode Library.

Reporting Property and Code Violations

This office encourages citizens to report property issues that impact their property or neighborhoods. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit your complaints directly to the online form below, or you can choose another method of reporting below.

Report Violation Anonymously Click to Fill out Google Form
Report via Phone 937-382-6509
Report via TextMyGov Text “Hi” to 937-884-1588
Report via Email

Understanding the Code Enforcement Process

The code enforcement process is generally initiated by a concerned resident reporting a possible violation.  Here is an example of the process:

  1. Concern or violation reported.
  2. Inspection is carried out by the Code Enforcement Official.
  3. Determination if violation exists and photos are obtained.
  4. If the violation is founded, a case is opened, and violations are added.
  5. Property owner and/or tenant are notified via mail or personal service of violation.
  6. Follow up inspection date is determined by Code Enforcement Official and communicated to owner or tenant.

Approximately 90 percent of code enforcement cases are resolved by the property owner/responsible party following formal notification of the violations.  When voluntary compliance is not obtained however, the city will pursue criminal charges until the violations have been resolved.

Monthly and Annual Reports

    State of the City 2022
November 2022 October 2022 September 2022
August 2022 July 2022 June 2022
May 2022 April 2022 March 2022
February 2022 2021 Code Enforcement Annual Report 2020 Code Enforcement Annual Report

Request for Information or Case Records- Public Records Request

Records kept by this department are public and can be requested in various ways. If you would like information about a specific property or general open code violations, you can request that information by phone, email, text, or in person. 

*All open cases and active investigations may not have an inspection report or photo album available. If you would like to request all information about a specific address, please submit a request.

Clean-Up Wilmington Volunteer Groups

Interested in helping the city look its best? Get more information on our seasonal monthly “Clean-Up Wilmington” events! Volunteer groups as well and service groups can get their outreach and volunteer hours in all while helping our community shine. You can sign up for e-mail notifications HERE. If you are interested in taking part in a group clean up date that is not on the current schedule, email Annen at 

2024 Clean-Up Wilmington Dates

Clean-Up Wilmington is gearing up for a 4th year of Community Clean-up activities. The scheduled “Clean Up-Wilmington Crew” monthly events for 2024 are-

Saturday, April 20th (Earth Day)

Saturday, May 18th

Saturday, June 22nd 

Saturday, July 20th

Saturday, August 24th

Saturday, September 21st

Saturday, October 19th