Side Yard Purchase

Thank you for your interest in the City of Decatur properties.  Please complete this form as soon as possible and return it to the address at the top of the form.  After you submit the completed form, the City will review for approval.  If approved, City staff will contact you to determine a price for the lot and begin drafting a Quit Claim Deed for transfer of the property.  You will be responsible for the payment and recording of the Quit Claim Deed with the Macon County Recorder of Deeds.

Neighborhood Inspections

The Division of Neighborhood Inspections is committed to working with the citizens of Decatur to provide a better quality of life.  This division becomes necessary when conditions in the neighborhood become detrimental to the cleanliness and overall appearance of the neighborhood.

The standards set forth and adopted by the Decatur City Council are initiated to maintain a healthy and safe environment for the families living here.  Neighborhood Inspections enforces the National Property Maintenance Code and Local City Ordinances.  This enforcement is necessary to preserve the city’s neighborhoods and lead to revitalization efforts.

With the combined efforts of the Neighborhood Service Officers and the Division Manger, this division makes itself available to address neighborhood concern.

  • Environmental issues — City Code Chapters 48 and 49
    • Worn out, wrecked, abandoned, or inoperative vehicles on private property
    • Old furniture or interior furniture on property
    • Appliances on the outside of the residence
    • Placing of garbage on the ground instead of approved garbage containers with lids
    • An open and hazardous well, cisterns, holes, pits or abandoned excavation
    • Old pools containing stagnant water
    • Trash and debris; brush, trash piles, old bricks, scrap metal
    • Weeds or grass in excess of 10 inches
  • Housing or Building — City Code Chapter 70
  • Garbage Service — City Code Chapter 56

Questions should be directed to

Susan Kretsinger
Neighborhood Inspections Manager
217-424-2783