Code Enforcement

The City of Jackson has housing codes and anti-blight ordinances to help make neighborhoods safer, to reduce deterioration and to help them to be great places in which to live, work and play.  Residents play an important role in neighborhood upkeep by reporting neighborhood blight conditions and violations of ordinances.

What is blight?

Blight is a severely spoiled or ruined state, especially of an urban area. Blight conditions decrease property values and discourage other homeowners, business owners and tenants from maintaining their properties.  Review the most frequent violations in order to best understand blight.

Property owners have 15 days to correct for major violations and 30 days to correct minor violations. The enforcement process can extend to a year, often due to absentee property owners.  Property owners who receive multiple citations may be called to appear in Environmental Court, which was established in July 2008.

The current Code Department has three full-time staff and one part-time staff member.  To report code violations, call 731.425.8239 or complete an online complaint form

Community Gardens

Families and groups are provided with opportunities to grow a garden on neighborhood lots in Jackson. Jackson Community Gardens is a City of Jackson joint venture that involves First Methodist Church, UT Agricultural Extension Services, Madison County Master Gardeners and JEA.  Vounteer garden coordinators prepare soil for garden planting on provided lots. Signs will be provided to identify each neighborhood garden.

How to Participate

  1. Become a volunteer Garden Coordinator:  manage and oversee a garden lot.
  2. Offer financial support as a Project Sponsor:  provide “seed money” and/or technical expertise.
  3. Be a “Friend of Jackson Community Gardens" by making a donation:  make checks payable to First United Methodist Church designated for “Jackson Community Gardens."

Garden Sites

  1. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church:  300 Block of East Main Street (next to old City Hall building)
  2. Hatton/Glendale Gardens
  3. South of East Chester, approximately 3 blocks east of the railroad tracks (1/4 mile SE of downtown)
  4. 500 Block of East Lafayette Street (just East of the Sheriff’s office building)
  5. RIFA Garden (behind RIFA on Shannon Street)
  6. LANA/Lambuth Gardens (across from Cobbel Library)

For more information, download the JCG packet.  Also, contact Grady Neely at 731.421.1669, Tharon Kirk at 731.660.4354 or or Frank Lawrence at 731.225.0897 or

Neighborhood Associations

The City of Jackson Neighborhood Services office works with citizens to encourage them to become active participants in determining the destiny of their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Relations office works with citizens to organize new and emerging neighborhood, community and civic organizations.  The office maintains an online database of neighborhood associations, homeowners’ associations, resident associations and Neighborhood Watch groups. 

The Office of Neighborhood Services is available by phone, e-mail or in person regarding questions, problems or requests about neighborhood, community and civic organizations. You can register your organization by completing and returning the Community Registry Database Form.

The office staff regularly facilitates, attends and speaks at community meetings in an effort to directly interact with citizens and provide helpful information while collecting inquires on city services for follow-up. The staff is also available to aid neighborhoods with seeking out resources to strengthen their communities.

If you would like to help organize a neighborhood association in your community or get help with your organization’s goals and special projects, our office can help you.  Read our handy brochure, How to Start A Neighborhood Association, for more information.  Contact Neighborhood Services by calling 731.425.8239.

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