Commercial building

Why is commercial code enforcement important? Maintaining property values 

Whether you’re an owner or tenant, taking pride in your home or business helps keep property values high and the integrity of neighborhoods and commercial business districts intact. One of Environmental Health’s goals is keeping local businesses and industrial properties well maintained. The city code covers many things when it comes to commercial properties, including:

Property maintenance: Peeling paint, broken windows, potholes, sidewalk disrepair, damaged fencing, accessory structures in disrepair, exterior wall/siding damage or graffiti, etc, are not allowed.

Lawn and yard maintenance: Grass and weeds must be shorter than eight inches in height. There should not be tree branches on the ground, lawn bags or other refuse. 

Motor vehicles: Motor vehicles must be licensed with current tabs even on private property. Parking vehicles on landscaping or grass is not allowed. 

Exterior storage: In general, materials, vehicles and equipment must have a direct relationship to the primary use of the site. Exterior storage must not be located in off-street parking spaces. Properties must be free of litter.

Temporary signs: In general, temporary sign permits are required for commercial promotions for businesses. Feather flags, portable signs, vehicle signs, flashing signs, and off-site advertising signs are some examples of regulated signs. 

Storage containers/Semi-trailers/Accessory buildings: Temporary storage units may be stored on commercial or industrial property for no more than 30 days per year for a construction project. 

You can help the City ensure Bloomington businesses stay up to code. Submit a confidential complaint to the Commercial Property Inspector at 952-563-8981 if you see any violations.