Property maintenance requirements are designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare in all existing residential and non-residential structures, and on all existing premises. Property maintenance requirements apply to all premises, structures, buildings, equipment, and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, safety from fire and other hazards, and for safe and sanitary maintenance.

Anyone within Cape Girardeau may make a property maintenance complaint. The complaint should be in relation to health, sanitation or safety. Some situations that may fall under the development code ordinance regarding property maintenance and health and sanitation ordinances are:

  • Properties perceived to have faulty electrical, plumbing, or heating
  • Property open to the elements
  • Properties with excessive trash and debris
  • Properties in state of dilapidation, deterioration or decay

The items listed above are by no means exclusive. If you have property maintenance concern, please contact us directly.

Complaints dealing with the structures and buildings should be directed to the Inspections Services Office by calling (573) 339-6327, or visit the Community Development Department office at City Hall.

Complaints dealing with weeds, trash, and other problems around the property should be directed to the Police Department's Nuisance Abatement officer at (573) 339-6311.


  • Contact Info
  • 2530 Maria Louise Lane Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

  • Telephone 573.339.6621
  • Email police@cityofcape.org