Columbia Skyline

Property Maintenance Code Checklist

As buildings age, routine maintenance plays a vital role in maintaining property values. The following inspection checklist should help guide you through an evaluation of your property.

Exterior Property Areas

Sanitation (302.1 PMC)

•     Accumulation of litter, garbage or waste Grading/Drainage (302.2 PMC)

•     Areas of Erosion

•     Low areas allowing ponding of water

•     Discharging stormwater on Public Right of Way or neighboring property

Sidewalks/Driveways (302.3 PMC)

•     Cracks

•     Broken areas

•     Uneven slabs, trip hazard

Accessory Structures (302.7 PMC): fences, detached garages, sheds, retaining walls.

•     Structurally sounds

•     Peeling or flaking paint

•     Good repair

Nuisance Issues (Chapter 11 Columbia Code of Ordinances)

•     Weeds (11-251)

•     Furniture, limbs, trash accumulation (11-230 and 11-231)

•     Unlicensed, inoperable or dismantled vehicles (11-262)

Exterior of Structure

Street Numbers (304.3 PMC)

•     Visible from street


•     Peeling, flaking paint

•     Exterior finishes free from holes/breaks

•     Deterioration

Foundation Walls (304.2 PMC)

•     Cracks/breaks

•     Tuckpointing

Windows and Doors (304.13 PMC)

•     Glass free from cracks and breaks

•     Trimfree of deterioration

•     Trimfree of peeling and flaking paint

Roofs (304.7 PMC)

•     Loose shingles

•     Condition of roofing materials

•     Flashing

•     Fascia & soffits in good repair

Drainage (304.7 PMC)

•     Gutters and downspouts connected, secured and free of missing sections

•     Free fromaccumulation of leaves

•     Downspouts discharge not creatinga problemon neighboring property

Chimneys (304.11 PMC)

•     Tuck-pointing

•     Plumb


•     Handrails and guardrails secure and in good repair

•     Stairways

•     Flooring

•     Structural members

 Interior of Structure

Structural Members(305.2PMC)

•     Structurally sound,free of deterioration

•     Excessive notching of joists

Life Safety (704.2 PMC)

•     Smoke detectors in sleeping areas and on each floor level in working order Interior Surfaces (305.3 PMC)

•     Clean and sanitary conditions

•     Free of peeling paint

•     Free of cracked or loose plaster

•     Defective surfaces

Sanitary (307.1 PMC)

•     Free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage 

Stairs and Railings (305.4), Handrails and Guardrails (305.5 PMC)

•     Sound Condition

•     Good repair

Windows and Doors (305.6 PMC)

•     Tight fitting, waterproof

•     Easily opened

•     Hardware

Heating Facilities (601 PMC)

•     Capable of maintaining a room temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit

•     Accumulation of debris around furnace

•     Flue properly installed and in good repair

Electrical System (604 and 605 PMC)

•     Adequately sized

•     Switches and outlets - working order, cover plates

•     Lighting fixtures - working order, secure

•     Loose or frayed wires

•     Excessive use of extension cords

Plumbing System (Chapter 5 PMC)

•     Plumbing fixtures - working order, free of obstructions and leaks, properly installed

•     Water heater properly installed and in working order

•     Sanitary drainage system in working order


Some repairs require building permits, such as structural repairs or renovation of existing space involving plumbing, electrical,or mechanical installations.

For information on permits for home repairs, please contact: City of Columbia Office of Neighborhood Services

3601 S. Providence Road,Columbia, Missouri 65203

Phone: (573)817-5050 Fax: (573) 442-0022


Information Provided By: City of Columbia