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What is Code Enforcement?

The Neighborhood Inspections Division, of the Economic & Community Development Department, addresses items in the community such as housing violations (abandoned, vacant, neglected, weather damaged structures), and Environment violations (derelict vehicles, trash and debris, garbage on lots/properties).

Neighborhood Inspections staff works closely with citizens and neighborhood groups to familiarize them on city ordinances and help them monitor their own neighborhoods for downturn or blighted properties.

Code Enforcement is a necessary tool to preserve City of Decatur neighborhoods and is critical to our community revitalization efforts.

Cases that are not abated (corrected) within the specific time frame, may be taken to Macon County Circuit Court or the city’s Administrative Court for adjudication.


“Community Revitalization is the implementation of intentional efforts that are likely to lead to measurable increases in access to employment, living wage jobs, healthcare, supportive services, community amenities, transportation, quality and affordable housing stock.”

Source:  Illinois Housing Development Authority


  • Demolition of Blighted properties
  • Removal of Abandoned Vehicles
  • Trash and Debris Nuisance
  • Inform, Educate, Build Trust with Citizens

Problems/Complaints handled by Neighborhood Inspections

Environmental Problems – Chapter 48 & 49

Housing or Building Problems – Chapter 70

  • Deteriorating: roofs, walls, floors, foundation & porches
  • Dangerous electrical wiring
  • Inoperable or inadequate plumbing
  • Living without utilities: water, gas, or electricity
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Unsecured properties: open doors or broke out windows
  • No heat source

Garbage Service Problems – Chapter 56

  • Problems/questions with your hauler

It is important to Know your Code Inspector for your Neighborhood

To find out who your Code Inspector is click here for a link to a GIS Map.

Neighborhood Inspections Staff:

Neighorhood Inspections Manager
Michael Snearly

Administrative Assistant
Marissa Weybright


Tobias Welch (NW District)

Danny Hoult (NE District)

Alex Coffman (SW District)

Maire Foxx (SW District)
pronounced MOYA

Jarrod Shasteen (Central District)

Demolition:  Why is it Important?

With an overall goal to revitalize our neighborhoods in Decatur, demolition becomes necessary when structures are found to be in a detrimental state to the health, safety, and welfare, cleanliness, or overall attractiveness to our community.

Benefits of Demolition

Demolition property candidates are dangerous to public health, and welfare, are fire hazards, and often obtain asbestos materials.  Removing these dangerous, blighted properties improves community outlook, and property values.

Monthly Demolition Report Card

# of Demolitions Completed YTD 2022 — ??
# of Demolitions Completed previous month — 6

September 2022 Before and After Pictures

How does Demolition Work?

Graphic of Demolition Process


Frequently Asked Questions