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Minimum Housing

We are responsible for enforcing minimum standards administering the condition and maintenance of residential structures. We are committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive services to our community and its visitors.

We advocate for health, safety and welfare of the residents of our community by safeguarding that structural integrity, utility installation and maintenance, and safe and sanitary conditions are maintained, thereby alleviating urban blight, decay, and substandard housing stock.

The Inspectional Services Department is mandated by local ordinances and state law to fulfill very specific rules and regulations regarding the safe construction of buildings, certifications of structures – residential and commercial, habitability of dwelling units, enforcement of state sanitary codes, testing of weighing devices, signage, and occupancy permits as well as enforcing the City of Fall River Zoning Ordinances.