The Art of Code Enforcement

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Nearly every political jurisdiction in America has adopted codes that regulate the built environment. This book is not a code but rather a practical guide for code enforcement administration. The topics range from voluntary compliance to effective sanctions for noncompliance and are of use to all those who are seeking to improve the maintenance of the building stock in their communities. More

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About Martin Collins

Martin G. Collins attended the State University of New York at Albany where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Rutgers University School of Law where he was awarded a Juris Doctorate. In addition, he received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers Center for Policy Research.
He has been employed in the Counsel's Office of New York City's Department of City Planning and in both staff and management positions with New York City's Housing Litigation Bureau. As Director of Operations for New York's Division of Evaluation and Compliance, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, he was involved in various housing loan and rehabilitation, tenant management and housing-related litigation programs. He has held the positions of Code Enforcement Administrator, followed by Construction Inspection Administrator, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner for Milwaukee's Building Inspection Department, n/k/a Department of Neighborhood Services.
Mr. Collins is retired from the City of Milwaukee and from the practice law in Wisconsin, New York and New Jersey; he is an associate member of the American Association of Code Enforcement. He also retired from state certification in commercial construction and housing construction inspection. He is the past chair of the Wisconsin Fire Prevention Council and of Milwaukee's Drug House Abatement Oversight Committee.
From1984 through 2011, Mr. Collins annually taught Existing Housing Inspection Administration and Management at UW-Madison's Annual Professional Development Program's Housing and Building Inspection. He has been a member of and has chaired the AACE/ICBO Zoning Certification Committee and chaired the International Property Maintenance and Zoning Inspector Certification Examination Committee. Other instruction has been presented to groups sponsored by BOCA International, the International Code Council, the American Association of Code Enforcement, various state code enforcement associations and EDUCODE. He has received innovation awards in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 for work in the code enforcement field. One of his innovations was awarded "Best Crime Prevention Program in Wisconsin for 2003." In 2009 the American Association of Code Enforcement awarded him the first Award of Excellence. He also understands that none of one’s education, accomplishments, or experience is as important as how one applies it today and tomorrow.
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Eugene Alper reviewed on July 26, 2019

This is a great book. Mr. Collins, who has a wealth of professional experience, also possesses the rare gift of clear communication. He conveys important observations and insights in a simple and powerful way. I wish I had this book on my desk 20 years ago. But it's not too late. Give the book as a gift to your friend in code enforcement. Better yet, give the book as a gift to your child. Let's bring up the next generation of code enforcement professionals. Thank you to Martin Collins and to AACE for making this an excellent resource available.
(reviewed 7 years after purchase)
muzdavnies reviewed on Aug. 1, 2014

The Art of Code Enforcement should be the primary source for anyone working or studying code enforcement. Martin Collins's book gives an excellent overview of the code enforcement process, and he shares creative ideas being implemented all over the country to improve code enforcement. The text also includes many practical illustrations from his decades of experience working in the field. As a legal scholar and law professor in this area of law, I found this book to be immensely helpful. The text is well-organized, thorough, and has great writing style. I believe the book would be of great value to both the novice and the seasoned member of this profession. I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
Bobbi Noah reviewed on Dec. 7, 2012
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This book is an excellent resource for those in the field, and should be required reading for anyone interested in pursuing Code Enforcement as a profession. Highly recommended!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Karen Courtney reviewed on Nov. 8, 2012

What an exceptionally well written book!! Great ideas and a wealth of information for any level of experience in code enforcement!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tricia Dreier reviewed on Sep. 18, 2012

Excellent book! Great ideas and very well written.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Felecia Locklear reviewed on Sep. 13, 2012

The Art of Code Enforcement is an excellent practical guide. It provides tried and true options with experienced insight to help newbies who find themselves in the wonderful world of code enforcement, as well as, a fresh take on options for the veteran. Thank you Mr. Collins for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Roy Fyffe reviewed on Sep. 11, 2012

Marty Collins has a wealth of knowledge, much of it included in his book, that will give insights into the code enforcement profession. Specifics concerning the "how to" and performance areas to shy away from most pertinent to the profession. The book, The Art of Code Enforcement, will be a welcome addition to the reference library for anyone in our profession.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Sherri Johnston reviewed on Sep. 7, 2012

The Art of Code Enforcement is an excellent book for the rookie code enforcement officer as well as those who have been in code enforcement for several years. Mr. Collins lays out some practical applications that can be used in any jurisdiction. He also gives samples of letters that can be edited for use as well. I've been in Code Enforcement for 28 years and found everything in the book to be very interesting.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
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