Code Compliance

Thank you for visiting the City of Superior Code Compliance web page. It is the mission of the Code Compliance office to promote the maintenance and upkeep of residential and commercial properties through unbiased and equitable enforcement of the Superior Municipal Code of Ordinances. Our goal is to gain voluntary compliance through communication, education and guidance, with punitive action taken as a last resort.

We welcome the assistance of the public when it comes to identifying areas that need attention from our staff. Please contact our office at at the phone number or email on the right of this page with questions, concerns, or to report a problem. Please include the exact address of the violation  if possible, and give us your name and phone number or email address so we can follow up with you if necessary.

Complaints will be investigated within 96 hours. Enforcement action will be taken in order of priority based on severity of violations.

The City of Superior Code of Ordinances is available by clicking HERE

Please refer to the following link for information regarding the rights of landlords and tenants in Wisconsin:  Landlord/Tenant Guide


SPRING CLEAN UP REMINDERS

Our hardworking Spring Cleanup crews have removed TONS of discarded items and debris from our neighborhoods!

If the cleanup crew has come through your neighborhood and left items or materials behind, it is because they are excluded from the cleanup.

The following items and materials are excluded from the annual Spring Cleanup and are the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of:

• Mattresses and box springs

• Construction or demolition material/asbestos containing materials

• Cardboard and recyclables

• Hazardous liquids

• Tires, motor oil, car batteries

• TVs, appliances, computers

• Bags of leaves and yard waste

Storing these items and materials outside is a violation of the city’s public nuisance ordinance.

Code compliance officers will mail property owners a notice to correct. If the items or materials remain stored outside after the deadline on the notice, the city will have the violation abated. It is in the best interest of property owners to be proactive about removal and proper disposal of debris and discarded items. When the city abates a nuisance, the property owner is charged the cost of the abatement, plus a $150 administrative fee. These charges, if not paid, become a tax lien on the property. Court citations may also be issued for unaddressed violations.

A NOTE ABOUT ILLEGAL DUMPING

When a code compliance officer photographs a violation such as a discarded mattress, appliance or other item of debris – the property owner whose property it is located on, or adjacent to, at the time of the photograph will be held responsible for its removal and disposal. (SCO 58-2, 58-4)

We understand how frustrating it is for property owners who try to keep their properties in compliance with the city code, and fall victim to illegal dumping. The responsibility of removing and properly disposing of the illegally dumped debris still falls on the property owner. However, identifying information found among illegally dumped debris, photographs or video of the offender in the act, and eye witnesses willing to testify in court have all been useful in prosecuting illegal dumpers in the past.

CODE COMPLIANCE FAQs

Q. If I have a bag of trash or other item that does not fit inside my city-provided garbage can, can I place it next to the can for pick up?

A. No. All refuse for city garbage collection must be placed inside the city-provided garbage can and the can lid must be closed.

Q. Does a vehicle need to have current registration to be parked on private property in the City of Superior?

A. Yes. Per Superior City Ordinance Section 112, vehicles must be in legally operable condition to be stored outside, even on private property in the City limits. This includes current registration.

Q. Can a Code Compliance Officer help me with problems with my landlord or my tenant?

A. Yes, but only in relation to the condition of the building. A Code Compliance Officer or Building Inspector may only enter a rental unit by invitation of the landlord (with the tenant given proper notice) or a tenant who currently resides in the unit.


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