Norristown Codes Department Becomes 1st Nationally Accredited Program in Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN, PA – The Municipality of Norristown is proud to announce that its Department of Buildings & Code Enforcement has attained accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) for its Code Enforcement Program. The Municipality of Norristown is the first in Pennsylvania and the second in the country to receive this distinguished recognition, the City of Plano, Texas being the first.
“This is the first nationally recognized accreditation program solely for code enforcement agencies. The Accreditation Standards were developed by AACE to ensure agencies responsible for enforcement of codes, ordinances, regulations, and laws relating to public health, safety, and welfare met national standards.” Said Kelvin Beene, President of the American Association of Code Enforcement., “These standards are intended to ensure a uniform level of service and level of professionalism with all accredited code agencies, thereby increasing community’s confidence in the policies and practices of an agency and the overall code enforcement profession.”
To obtain this accreditation—which is valid for five years—the Norristown Code Enforcement Department completed an assessment and successfully met the required 59 accreditation standards. The accreditation standards review how a department operates and evaluate policies and procedures for functions such as general operations, personnel, case processing, punitive actions, inspections, codes & ordinances, and hearings & appeals.
“We are very proud of Codes Department Manager Amrinder Singh and his team, they have worked diligently over the last year to get to this point,” stated Crandall Jones, Municipal Administrator. Council President Sonya Sanders commented, “Mr. Singh and his team set out a new path for the Norristown Department of Buildings & Code Enforcement centered on integrity, knowledge, and professionalism. This accreditation solidifies their efforts and hard work.”
Accredited code enforcement departments operate with confidence that their operations have been reviewed formally by a third party, and have demonstrated that they are competent. AACE standards have been developed to apply to both large and small departments and to keep costs affordable for all enforcement agencies. The Norristown Department of Buildings & Code Enforcement has a clear and straight forward mission and vision with the necessary policies and procedures to ensure operations are carried out competently. They demonstrated that they recognize their customers and they are committed to providing quality customer service. They provided evidence of their agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. To learn more about the Code Enforcement Department please visit the Municipal Website at Norristown.org.
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The American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) is a national nonprofit association representing the profession of code enforcement. AACE was founded in 1988 by representatives from five states, and now represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. AACE is the only association representing housing, property maintenance and zoning officials in the United States. Its members are employed by cities, towns, parishes, counties and state government for the enforcement of housing, property maintenance and zoning ordinances intended to provide minimum standards for the protection of the public's health, safety and welfare. The association's mission is to educate, elevate and improve the profession of code enforcement.
The Norristown Department of Buildings and Code Enforcement team with Municipal Council
Amrinder Singh, MCP, CBO
Code Enforcement Manager & Building Code Official