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Exterior Maintenance

The Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance, effective January 1, 1999, requires adherence to certain minimum maintenance requirements. The ordinance was adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order and general welfare of the citizens of the county. The ordinance applies to all existing structures and premises within the unincorporated areas of the county. These minimum standards include the requirement that all exterior wood surfaces be protected from the elements and from decay by painting or other treatment approved by the Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development.

The ordinance also requires that all exterior surfaces including walls, fences, roofs, stairways, decks and porches be maintained so that they are structurally sound, weatherproof, and free from holes, breaks, loose or rotting materials. Windows must be fully provided and maintained with glass panes or other material approved by the department. Adequate roof drainage is required to prevent rainwater from causing dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior part of the building.

Violations of the Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance are prosecuted in the Environmental Division of Recorder's Court and are subject to a penalty of up to $1000 and/or 60 days in jail per violation per day (minimum fine is $250). To report possible violations, please call the Police Services Quality of Life Unit Hotline at 770.513.5004 or click here to report online.