The Department of Licenses and Inspections inspects existing buildings for compliance with:
- Fire code.
- Property maintenance code.
- Zoning code.
- Licensing laws.
- Vending laws.
Inspectors issue violations, respond to service requests, and perform inspections before L&I issues certain licenses. They also conduct regular inspections of nuisance properties and certain significant buildings. The latter include:
- Public and charter schools.
- Child care centers.
- Vacant industrial properties.
If inspectors find violations, they issue a notice of violation. The property owner has 35 days to address the violation. If the property fails re-inspection, L&I may initiate legal action. The court may impose substantial penalties, and L&I can also order property owners to cease operations.