Code Enforcement

Goals of Code Enforcement

  • To preserve the quality and value of public and private property
  • To eliminate conditions which threaten the life, health, safety, and general welfare of the public
  • To maintain a quality standard of living for all who live and work in our community

Duties of the Code Enforcement Section

  • To monitor public compliance with the city's municipal code and the city's adopted building codes
  • To accept and process all building permit applications
  • To review building plans and specifications
  • To perform inspections in accordance with the city's adopted building codes
  • To investigate and pursue compliance when a violation of the municipal code or the adopted building codes is reported and confirmed
  • To issue administrative notices, stop work orders, citations, correspondence, etc., as needed to ensure compliance
  • To oversee city abatement when necessary
  • To obtain and implement inspection warrants when necessary
  • To provide code enforcement staff assistance to the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission

How to Obtain Code Enforcement Assistance

The city requires that all investigation requests/complaints be submitted on an official city investigation request / complaint form. Forms are available at City Hall. Forms can be completed by city staff over the phone. Upon request, the city will make every effort to keep a complainant's identity confidential.

How the Public can Help to Reduce the Need for City Code Enforcement

  • When considering new construction or changes regarding land use or construction, become familiar with the applicable municipal code and building codes; and, voluntarily comply with permit requirements and all local, state, and federal regulations that may apply to your situation.
  • Contact the city to obtain information regarding regulations related to zoning, land use, construction, set backs, and encroachment in public rights of way.
  • Maintain all buildings and other structures in a safe, sanitary and structurally sound condition.
  • Maintain all properties in a safe, sanitary and well kept condition; to include, cutting grass and weeds on a regular basis.
  • Store all trash and trash containers out of public view from any street, and so as not to be offensive to neighbors or the general public.

City Construction & Fire Codes

The City of Edna has officially adopted the following construction and fire codes. These codes were adopted by City Council at their regularly scheduled meetings on January 5, 2004 and January 15, 2004, respectively; with an effective date of July 15, 2004:

  • 2009 International Building Code Ordinance 2010-07
  • 2009 International Plumbing Code Ordinance 2010-08
  • 2009 International Residential Code Ordinance 2010-09
  • 2009 ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities Ordinance 2010-10
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code Ordinance 2010-11
  • 2018 International Fire Code Ordinance 2019-03    (
  • 2010 International Fuel Gas Code Ordinance 2010-14
  • 2000 International Mechanical Code Ordinance 2004-08
  • 2010 International Property Maintenance Code Ordinance 2010-16
  • 2010 International Private Sewage Disposal Code Ordinance 2010-17
  • 2008 National Electric Code Ordinance 2010-13