Ordinances aimed at regulating the living standards of city residents are often passed to address issues of blight, noise, unsafe construction, litter and other unseemly or dangerous property conditions. A city can effectively enforce these codes by means of civil penalties such as fines, liens and, if necessary, prosecution through the courts or a code enforcement board. Cities and counties will often undergo a joint enforcement effort to take advantage of shared planning and zoning efforts or to take advantage of economies of scale. These agreements generally take place in more rural environments where residential codes are less restrictive.
- KLC Research Report: Today's Kentucky City - A Comprehensive Analysis of City Operations (link)
- City Officials Guide to Vacant Residential Properties (PDF)
- A Model Ordinance Requiring Registration of Certain Vacant Residential Properties (link)
- Kentucky City: My Old (Blighted) Kentucky Home (PDF)
- Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, Division of Building Codes Enforcement (link)
- Chapter 11 of the City Officials Legal Handbook (link)
- KRS 65.8801 to KRS 65.8839 (link)
- KLC's Local Government Code Enforcement Handbook (link).