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Inspectional Services Discusses Rooftops, Rental Units and Code Enforcement at Public Safety Meeting [Video]


Video: Inspectional Services at North End Public Safety Meeting, June 6, 2013

Coming off the latest North End rooftop incident as well as the fatal Allston fire, the Public Safety Committee invited Latifa Ali, Community Liaison from Inspectional Services Department (ISD) to engage residents on current issues.

(00:00 in video) Rooftop and inspection issues related to illegal furniture and decks.

(04:50) Building permit issues and system.

(06:40) Gas grills and fire escape issues are the responsibility of the Boston Fire Department. Call the Mayor’s Hotline, 617-635-4500 or report online at Citizens Connect.

(12:20) Code Enforcement – Trash, Snow Shoveling, Green Tickets, etc.

(19:30) Rats are the responsibility of the Environmental Health Division 617-635-5352.

(22:30) New Rental Inspection Ordinance goes into effect January 2014, requiring all private rental units to be inspected every 5 years. The City is sponsoring a free landlord seminar on June 20, 2013, 6:00pm-7:30pm, 1010 Mass Ave., 5th Fl. on the new rental ordinance. Email for information and questions on the new rental ordinance.

(24:20) Illegal Apartments, including units being used as party clubs or with more than four students (overcrowding).

(27:40) Problem Properties Task Force

How to get help with Inspectional Services and Code Enforcement issues:

  • For general issues and questions, Inspectional Services encourages residents to contact the Mayor’s Hotline, 617-635-4500 or online at Citizens Connect.
  • During Monday-Friday, ISD can be contacted from 8pm-4pm at 617-635-5300. Code Enforcement can be reached directly at 617-635-4896.
  • Latifa Ali, ISD Community Liaison, encourages residents to call her directly at 617-961-3369 for unresolved issues.

There will be no North End Public Safety meeting in July 2013. The next meeting will be on August 1, 2013, 6:30 pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.

3 Replies to “Inspectional Services Discusses Rooftops, Rental Units and Code Enforcement at Public Safety Meeting [Video]

  1. Hi Matt,

    Is there anything that can be done to improve the sound in these videos? Perhaps putting a microphone on the front table.


  2. Thanks for your comment, Jon.

    The Nazzaro meeting room has awful sound quality and even people in the room have trouble hearing comments from those that do not speak clearly. I’m not sure just one microphone in the front would help much because it is usually the sides and back of the room where the sound quality suffers the most.

    I also have to balance not interfering with the meeting since some people are sensitive about having video/audio in the first place. I’m afraid if I start using remote microphones, they’ll throw me out! Or, more seriously, that participants will become self-conscious and not feel comfortable speaking at the meeting.

    Lastly, this is a one-man show, so I can only bring what I can carry (tripod, camera, laptop, accessories, etc.). If you have remote microphones and you would want to help me out at these meetings, send me an email to

    I have a shotgun microphone that can block out the background sounds. I have not been using it lately, but will start doing that based on your feedback. I also have some other ideas and will keep working on making it better.
    Thanks again.

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