State Housing Codes

Housing codes are the backbone of an effective healthy homes program. The codes set the minimum standards that must be met by all housing – whether existing or new – to protect the health of the residents. Some communities call them property maintenance codes or sanitation codes but their scope and function is similar.

Finding State Housing Codes
Two organizations maintain summaries of state laws that may impact environmental health issues: the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). The ELI database focuses on indoor air quality.

Finding Local Housing Codes
There are three references that are helpful when searching for local ordinances:

Codes by State

Alabama (AL)

STATE
‎–  Fair Housing Law    
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

AUBURN
‎–  Adopted Property Maintenance Code 

BIRMINGHAM
‎–  Adopted Property Maintenance Code 

Alaska (AK)

STATE
‎–  Housing-Related Federal Legislation    

ANCHORAGE
‎–  Property Maintenance  

Arkansas (AR)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant 

FORT SMITH
‎–  Property Maintenance  

LITTLE ROCK
‎–  Sanitation Requirements  

California (CA)

STATE
‎–  Current Regulations    
‎–  Health and Safety Code

BAKERSFIELD
‎–  Maintenance of Property | pdf

LOS ANGELES
‎–  Healthy Housing

OAKLAND
‎–  Healthy Housing | pdf 

SALINAS and MONTEREY COUNTY
‎–  Housing Codes | pdf

SAN DIEGO
‎–  Affordable Housing Regulation 
‎–  Lead Paint | pdf

SAN FRANCISCO
‎–  Housing Policy 

Colorado (CO)
Delaware (DE)

STATE
‎–  Delaware State Housing Code     

DOVER
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

NEWARK
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

WILMINGTON
‎–  Housing Code 

District of Columbia (DC)

DISTRICT
‎–  Housing Regulations   

Florida (FL)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

MIAMI
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

ORLANDO
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

TAMPA
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Georgia (GA)
Hawaii (HI)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

HONOLULU
‎–  Housing Code 

MAUI
‎–  Unlawful Maintenance of Property  

Idaho (ID)

STATE
‎–  Building Code Act 

BOISE
‎–  Uniform Housing Code 

IDAHO FALLS
‎–  International Property Maintenance Code 

Indiana (IN)

STATE
‎–  General Codes    
‎–  Landlord/Tenant Relations

BLOOMINGTON
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

INDIANAPOLIS
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

SOUTH BEND
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Iowa (IA)

STATE
‎–  Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Law 

CEDAR RAPIDS
‎–  Housing Code 

COUNCIL BLUFFS
‎–  International Property Maintenance Code 

DES MOINES
‎–  Rental Property Maintenance Code 

Kansas (KS)
Kentucky (KY)

STATE
‎–  Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

LEXINGTON-FAYETTE COUNTY
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

LOUISVILLE
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Louisiana (LA)

STATE
‎–  Housing Maintenance

BATON ROUGE
‎–  Maintenance of Property 

BOSSIER CITY
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

NEW ORLEANS
‎–  Minimum Property Maintenance Code 

Maine (ME)

STATE
‎–  Affordable Housing Covenants

AUGUSTA
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

BANGOR
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

PORTLAND
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Maryland (MD)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Law
‎–  Minimum Livability Code  

ANNAPOLIS
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

BALTIMORE
‎–  Maintenance of Investment Property 

FREDERICK
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Massachusetts (MA)

STATE
‎–  Sanitation Code

BROCKTON
‎–  Maintenance Code 

CAMBRIDGE
‎–  Fair Housing

SALEM
‎–  Maintenance of Structures and Property

Michigan (MI)

STATE
‎–  Housing Law    

ANN ARBOR
‎–  Sanitation-Housing Code

DETROIT
‎–  Affordable Housing Requirements
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

LANSING
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Mississippi (MS)
Missouri (MO)
Nebraska (NE)
Nevada (NV)

STATE
‎–  Fair Housing Law    
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

LAS VEGAS
‎–  Housing Code 

CITY TBD
‎–  Adopted Property Maintenance Code 

New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)

STATE
‎–  Affordable Housing Law    
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

JERSEY CITY
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

NEW BRUNSWICK
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

NEWARK
‎‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

New Mexico (NM)

STATE
‎–  Owner-Resident Relations   

ALBUQUERQUE
‎–  Uniform Housing Code 

LAS CRUCES
‎–  Housing Code 

SANTA FE
‎–  Affordable Housing 

New York (NY)

STATE
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

BELLPORT
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

ROCHESTER
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

SYRACUSE
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY
‎–  Sanitation of Habitable Housing

North Carolina (NC)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Law

CHARLOTTE
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

RALEIGH
‎–  Building and Housing Code

WILMINGTON
‎–  Property Owners Association 

North Dakota (ND)

STATE
‎–  Housing Authorities Law    

JAMESTOWN
‎–  Housing Code 

Oklahoma (OK)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

NORMAN
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

OKLAHOMA CITY
‎–  Housing and Property Maintenance Code

TULSA
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Oregon (OR)

STATE
‎–  Affordable Housing     
‎–  Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

OREGON CITY
‎–  Housing Code 

PORTLAND
‎–  Affordable Housing Code

SALEM
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

Pennsylvania (PA)

STATE
‎–  Property Maintenance 

HARRISBURG
‎–  Maintenance Requirements 

PHILADELPHIA
‎–  Preservation of Affordable Housing 

PITTSBURGH
‎–  International Property Maintenance Code 

Rhode Island (RI)

STATE
‎–  Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

NEWPORT
‎–  Housing Code 

PROVIDENCE
‎–  Minimum Housing Standards

WARWICK
‎–  Minimum Housing Standards 

South Carolina (SC)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

CHARLESTON
‎–  Minimum Housing Standards 

COLUMBIA
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

MYRTLE BEACH
‎–  Code Adoption 

South Dakota (SD)

STATE
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

ABERDEEN
‎–  Building Regulation 

BROOKINGS
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

Tennessee (TN)

STATE
‎–  Housing Code    
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

CHATTANOOGA
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

KNOXVILLE
‎–  Building Code

MEMPHIS
‎–  Housing Code 

Texas (TX)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act 
‎–  Municipal Authority Regulation 
‎–  Sanitation Codes 

AUSTIN
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

HOUSTON
‎–  Construction Code 

SAN ANTONIO
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

U.S. Virgin Islands (VI)

TERRITORY
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

Utah (UT)

STATE
‎–  Fair Housing Law   

PARK CITY
‎–  Uniform Housing Code 

SALT LAKE COUNTY
‎–  Fair Housing Law 

Vermont (VT)

STATE
‎–  Fair Housing Law    
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

BURLINGTON
‎–  Property Maintenance Code 

ESSEX
‎–  Property Maintenance Code

MONTPELIER
‎–  Adopted Property Maintenance Code 

Virginia (VA)
Washington (WA)

STATE
‎–  Indoor Air Quality 
‎–  Integrated Pest Management 
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act 

SPOKANE COUNTY
‎–  Adoption of State Building Code 

SEATTLE
‎–  Housing Code 

West Virginia (WV)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act

CHARLESTON
‎–  Building Code 

HUNTINGTON
‎–  Uniform Housing Code 

Wisconsin (WI)

STATE
‎–  Landlord and Tenant Act 

GREEN BAY
‎–  Housing Standards 

MADISON
‎–  Minimum Housing and Property Maintenance Code

MILWAUKEE
‎–  County Fair Housing Ordinance 

Wyoming (WY)

STATE
‎–  Sanitation Code 

CHEYENNE
‎–  International Property Maintenance Code 

LARAMIE
‎–  Maintenance by Owners