Sunday, June 03, 2007

Re-Occupancy Program Expanding to Owner-Occupied Houses

Starting July 1, 2007, if you buy a house or condo in unincorporated St. Louis County, a re-occupancy inspection and permit will be required from the Division of Neighborhood Services before you move in. Currently, the County’s re-occupancy program covers rental properties (both apartments and single-family rental houses) and owner-occupied single-family houses in a few, select "conservation districts" in unincorporated St. Louis County. The expansion will add approximately 94,500 condos, single-family homes, and duplexes to the County’s re-occupancy inspection rolls.

St. Louis County property inspectors will check recently sold or about-to-be sold owner-occupied homes for basic property maintenance items such as plumbing, roofing, gutters, and wiring. Defects will have to be repaired before the re-occupancy permit is granted. The inspection and permit will cost $80 – payable by either the seller or buyer or a representative of either.

You may apply for applications in two locations:

South County Government Center
4558 Lemay Ferry Road
Phone: (314) 615-4142

North County Government Center
21 Village Square
Phone: (314) 615-7346

You can learn more about the inspection process, apply for an inspection, and view a list of what inspectors look for by visiting the Department of Public Works web site at

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