Austin Code Department celebrates with multiple festivities
Austin, Texas – The Austin Code Department (ACD) takes a moment to reflect on the work done by the code inspectors and staff that are committed to promoting the City of Austin’s safety strategic outcome of being safe in our home, work and in our community through knowledge, application, and enforcement of City codes and ordinances. The Austin Code Department receives more than 30,000 city-wide complaints per year and performs over 70,000 inspections. Their Code Connect phone line continues to provide quality customer service and give people updates to their cases.
With intentional focus on prevention, ACD proactively educates Austin communities by educating on city codes and ordinances through educational campaigns, by organizing and attending more than 100 community events per year and by hosting their annual Spooktacular Bash Event which gives people a glimpse of what a “world without codes” could look like.
Additionally, the Austin Code Department has intensified its progressive enforcement and case escalation efforts, resulting in a 142% increase in cases escalated to the Administrative Hearing process and a 46% increase in cases escalated to the Building and Standards Commission.
“We at the Austin Code Department strive to build meaningful community relationships that transform our organizations, foster trust and legitimacy, and increase compliance with laws and regulations,” said ACD Director Cora D. Wright, “We also ensure that our enforcement and justice processes are accountable, fair, equitable, impartial, and transparent.”
The American Association of Code Compliance and President George Bush founded national Code Compliance Month on October 5, 2005, at the 16th Annual Education Conference.
National Code Compliance Month continues to remind staff of their commitment to preserving Austin’s quality of life. As Austin Code observes this month, the department continues to encourage Austinites to call 3-1-1 if they suspect a code violation, and they can always do so anonymously.
Schedule of October events
National Night Out
October 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Various locations around Austin
Code inspectors participated in over 50 NNO related block parties and neighborhood events throughout the city. Each event focused on educating the community on the maintenance and building codes and standards adopted for the safety and well-being of the public.
October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Austin City Hall
301 W 2nd St
Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council read off the 2019 Code Month Proclamation. City Council recognizes ACD’s commitment to fair and equitable enforcement receiving more than 30,000 city-wide complaints per year and performing over 70,000 inspections amongst other achievements.
Annual Spooktacular Bash
October 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina St
The general public is invited to attend this family-friendly event. This event will feature games, a bouncy house, face-painting, costume contests, and a spooky house exhibit that will portray a glimpse of what a community without city codes could look like. The event is partnered with George Washington Carver Museum and will feature booths and resources from other City departments such as Austin 3-1-1, Austin Resource Recovery, and Austin Fire Department, which will provide additional information and resources to attendees.
Annual launch of the ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign
This educational campaign will shed light on code violations that involve dangerous structures, fire-damaged buildings, and substandard living conditions. The campaign will begin in late October and last through January.
For more information on Austin Code Month events, visit austintexas.gov/code.
Note to the editor: Photo opportunities welcome for media at the Spooktacular Bash, Oct. 26.
The Austin Code Department is dedicated to maintaining the quality of life within Austin. We do this by educating, collaborating and partnering with neighborhoods, local businesses, nonprofits, and other city of Austin departments.