Minimum Housing Code

​​Minimum Housing Code

The City of Charlotte Housing Code requires homeowners and landlords to maintain their homes/ properties to a minimum standard.  The code may also be applied to abandoned commercial structures.  

Code inspectors check dwellings to ensure the structure meets the minimum standards prescribed by the ordinance​. Violations can range from repairable situations, such as broken windows, to major structural integrity issues. Based on the estimated cost of repairs to the structure, inspectors will issue an order to either repair or demolish a structure. If demolition of a structure is ordered, the owner has the opportunity to make repairs.

Read the Housing Ordinance (Chapter 11)
View Housing Code cases

Inspection Process

  • A Code Enforcement inspector will request an inspection of the structure within three business days, following a complaint.
  • The inspector will contact the property owner with the inspection results.
  • In addition, the owner and complainant will be notified of scheduled hearings regarding the property.

Tenants who believe minimum housing code violations exist in their home should call 311 to request an inspection.

Housing code violations require submission of a petition​. Print and complete the petition​ and mail to the address at the bottom of the petition.​​​

Community Input Information

Code Survey Flyer

Minimum Housing Flowchart with Dangerous Violations

Standards of Fitness Comparison


Minimum Housing Code Survey

Charlotte is a city that is experiencing significant growth and with that growth comes an increase in residential and commercial properties. While growth and development are tremendous for Charlotte, the city recognizes the need to assess the current requirements for homeowners and landlords to maintain their homes/properties to a minimum standard.

This is one of the reasons that the City of Charlotte's Neighborhood Development Committee is in the process of reviewing and evaluating the city's current Minimum Housing Code Ordinance. We invite you to attend a meeting to share your feedback on current ordinance and potential revisions. These revisions are meant to reflect the changing needs of the community.



Tuesday, July 9 - 6-7:30 pm

Room 280, Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Ctr.

600 E. 4th Street

(Parking is available at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Cetner Deck at 232 S. Davidson Street.)


Thursday, July 11 - 6-7:30 pm

Tyvola Senior Center

2225 Tyvola Road


RSVP Here for The Minimum Housing Code Public Meetings

If you are unable to attend but would like to provide input, please complete this brief online surveywhich includes an opportunity to provide open-ended comments.