Matthew Vertefeuille, Director of Code Enforcement;
Reynaldo Soto, Todd Szczygiel, Tom Hazel
Code Enforcement Officers
Housing Code Inspection
Property and Owner Information
The Office of Code Enforcement employs a Housing Code Enforcement Officer who is responsible for administering the Town's Housing Code in the all areas of Windham and Willimantic. The Housing Code Enforcement Officer conducts inspections of rental dwelling units and prepares Orders and reports for appropriate enforcement action in response to tenant-initiated Housing Code complaints. The Code Enforcement department, as the Town's official Housing Code enforcement agency, forwards Orders to the property owner and reports to other Town departments for possible violations subject to their authority.
The Zoning Enforcement Officer is responsible for zoning compliance. These functions help to ensure and facilitate high quality and orderly development, the protection of property values, and the protection of the public health and general welfare of the community.
The Zoning Enforcement Officer reviews and approves all documents related to development of lands within the Town. Anyone constructing, demolishing, adding, or otherwise structurally modifying any building must first obtain appropriate permits from the Zoning Office. Building inspectors will then review all construction work to make sure it complies with applicable building codes.
The Zoning Office provides the following:
- assistance and information on applications for zoning permits
- investigates complaints of violation of zoning regulations and inland wetlands regulations
- processes petitions for variances, rezonings, special uses, and street or alley closures
- reviews and approves all documents related to development of lands within the Town
- enforces code related to such items as weeds, litter, inoperative vehicles, and commercial vehicles in residential areas
Blight Abatement and Prevention: In summary, this Ordinance is to define, prohibit and abate blight on residential and commercial properties, and authorizes the Town to issue infractions and citations for violations. The full text of the Ordinance is available on the Website and a copy is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
What is a Blighted property? Any building, structure or parcel of land, including single family or multi-family residential or commercial, whether occupied or vacant, in which at least one (1) of the following conditions exists:
(1) It does not comply with any municipal, state or federal law, regulation and Code provision regarding occupancy, care, maintenance and upkeep, including:
a. The Town Housing Code.
b. The Town Zoning Regulations.
c. The State Building Code.
d. The State Health Code.
e. The State Fire Safety Code.
As each may be amended from time to time.
(2) It is being used for or used as store or harbor for illegal activity as documented by the police department or the state police, including criminal activities per investigations, arrest warrant applications and actual arrests or convictions;
(3) The condition of the building, structure or parcel of land constitutes an unsafe structure and poses a serious or immediate danger to the safety, health or general welfare of the community;
(4) It is not being adequately maintained, as determined by the following factors: missing or boarded windows or doors; collapsing or missing walls, roof or floors; seriously damaged or missing siding or the building is otherwise dilapidated; a structurally faulty foundation; physical hazards, rodent harborage and infestation, improper storage of garbage, trash, rubbish, grocery carts, tires, hubcaps; keeping more than one unregistered vehicle in good working order and ready for registration, or any abandoned or junk vehicle, or discarded vehicle parts (as such terms are defined under section 8-42) on the premises visible from a public way (unless the premises is a junkyard legally licensed by the State of Connecticut); graffiti; fire damage;
(5) It is adjacent to a sidewalk, for which the property's owner, agent, tenant or responsible person is responsible to maintain in a safe condition for the use of the public pursuant to section 8-44, and its sidewalk is in any way obstructed by or littered with any substance, including trees, bushes, overgrowth, leaves, gravel, dirt, rubbish, garbage, bulky waste or trash which would in any way impede or imperil public travel upon said sidewalk or render it unsafe or unsightly; or
(6) It attracts or harbors vectors, rodents, insects, vermin and disease carrying animals.