Minimum Housing

Building and construction codes regulate primarily how you shall build; housing codes regulate how you shall live.

Because housing codes regulate how people may live, there are important social, economic, cultural, and psychological aspects which pertain not only to basic standards, but also to the administration and application of the provisions of the code. An objective of minimum housing standards is to prevent deterioration of housing quality. Systematic inspection of dwellings for compliance with minimum housing standards and equitable enforcement of these standards should do much to prevent sub-standard housing from developing and becoming a blight on a neighborhood and ultimately on a municipality.