Property Maintenance Ordinance

The Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO) is a proposed guiding document that seeks to establish minimum maintenance standards for all residential and nonresidential buildings, structures and vacant and improved lands throughout the City of Surprise. 

The purpose of this ordinance is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of city residents and to protect neighborhoods against hazardous blighting and deteriorating influences, or conditions that contribute to the downgrading of neighborhood property values.

The proposed PMO will replace the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) adopted by Council in 2007, and it will become part of the Surprise Municipal Code upon adoption. The limitation of the IPMC is that it is published by the International Code Council and therefore it is cost-prohibitive for the City to obtain the copyright license to publish it. By adopting our own ordinance, we can provide greater public access to the PMO, including posting it online. 

Additionally, the proposed PMO includes:

  • Removal of redundant language and unnecessary definitions
  • Addition of new definitions
  • Clarified Notice of Violation and citation processes
  • Clarified abatement and lien processes
  • Addition of Inspection Warrant process

Learn more about the City’s proposed PMO:

View the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance
Narrated Property Maintenance Ordinance Presentation
View the March 2, 2021, Property Maintenance Ordinance Work Session Presentation

A presentation was made to council at the June 15, 2021 work session which provided an update on the draft PMO and addressed the public comments received to date. The PMO is scheduled to be presented to Council February 1, 2022.

View the June 15 draft Property Maintenance Ordinance
View the June 15, 2021 Property Maintenance Ordinance Work Session Presentation

Watch the February 1, 2022 PMO Work Session Presentation
View the updated draft Property Maintenance Ordinance

View the March 10, 2022 Resident Meeting Presentation

Public Comment

The draft Property Maintenance Ordinance was open for public comment from March 3 through May 2, 2021. The public comment period is now closed. 


For questions or more information related to the PMO, please contact:

Tiffany Copp, Assistant Director of Community Development