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Executive Order 20-03

 

 

Welcome Students

 

Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to Bloomington! We're glad to have you here, and we've got a lot to share!

Bloomington's residential areas are colorful, vibrant neighborhoods, and if you live in one, there's a good chance it's got an organization behind it. There are more than 60 active neighborhood associations in the city, working to improve the quality of life for the residents within them.

The information here is provided to help you understand the programs, services, codes, and ordinances for Bloomington residents. They are guidelines for living together: They reflect the spirit of the neighborhoods, and the desire for all residents to live happily in their homes. 

Moving to a new community can be full of challenges. We at the City of Bloomington wish to make your transition as smooth as possible, so we've compiled lots of information here on one page. Hopefully, you'll find just what you're looking for. If you still have questions, we're here to help. Please call Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) at 812-349-3420 or email HAND@bloomington.in.gov.

Kind Regards,

The HAND Staff

 

New to your neighborhood? Follow these steps:

Step One: Visit myBloomington

myBloomington provides a treasure trove of information specific to your address! Simple enter your street address, and you'll be provided with information such as:

  • a map of your immediate area showing local parks, schools, and road work;
  • your City Council district number and map;
  • names of your local elected officials, and how to contact them;
  • the name of your neighborhood association, if you have one;
  • your trash & recycling collection day

 

Step Two: Be a Good Neighbor

  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Greet them when you see them. Be considerate and polite.
  • Exchange contact information: many problems can be avoided or solved with a phone call.
  • Keep your yard and porch clean.
  • If you are a renter, check your lease to determine who is responsible for trash disposal, lawn maintenance, and snow removal. If these are your responsibility, make sure they get done.
  • Drive carefully.
  • Park legally, and be sure that your guests do the same. You may not park on an "unimproved surface", such as grass, or dirt.
  • Let your neighbors know ahead of time if you are planning a party.
  • Play music at a reasonable volume, and avoiding late-night noise.
  • Be a considerate pet owner: keep your dog on a leash and always pick up and properly dispose of pet waste.
  • Ask your neighbors or call HAND (812-349-3420) to find out If your neighborhood has a neighborhood association and get involved.
  • Use the Nextdoor app to communicate with your neighbors and keep up on issues affecting your area.
  • Be considerate of diversity: your neighbors' age, faith, ethnicity, family status, or sexual orientation can affect their day-to-day life.
  • Lend a hand: offer to help rake leaves or shovel snow. Be kind and helpful.

 

STUDENTS--Check out this excellent guide to living off-campus from IU Student Legal Services: "Living Good in the Neighborhood"

 

 

Essential Information

Residential Services 

Sanitation Services--trash, recycling, and yard waste pick up.

Violations--what happens if you if you do not properly dispose of trash or care for your yard and sidewalk.

Prospective and current home owners--Home Buyers Cub, housing counseling, grants and loans, affordable housing. 

Neighborhood Parking--online portal to obtain a residential parking permit, find your neighborhood parking zone.

Utilities--water and sewer service, storm water, water quality reports.

Animal Care & Control--pet adoption, lost and found pets.

 

Rental Housing and Occupancy

All rental properties in the city are subject to the Rental Occupancy Program, which requires a rental property to be registered with the City of Bloomington, and to be inspected every 3-5 years. Each rental property must display a current occupancy permit, issued by the City's Housing & Neighborhood Development Department (HAND). Every rental property has a file in the HAND department. We invite you to look at the file BEFORE you sign a lease!

Rental properties are limited in the number of unrelated adults who may occupy them. Occupancy limits are determined by zoning of the area in which the rental property is located. Maximum occupancy load is listed on every City of Bloomington Rental Occupancy Permit for the property in question. 

 

Tenants and Landlords

Tenants who have a problem with the physical condition of their rental property should first notify the property manager or owner. If the problem is not resolved in a timely manner, call the HAND department at (812) 349-3420 to file a complaint. HAND is charged with enforcing compliance with City of Bloomington Municipal Code, to ensure public health, safety and welfare as it relates to rental housing. HAND cannot resolve issues related to leases or other legal disputes. Resources you may want to consider:

  • Student Legal Services for students at Indiana University. Poplars Bldg, 400 E. Seventh St, Rm 712. 812-855-7867. 
  • Indiana Legal Services for low-income renters. 214 S. College Ave. 2nd floor. 812-339-7668.
  • Community and Justice Mediation offers free dispute resolution to neighbors, neighborhoods, or organizations experiencing miscommunication or conflict. 205 S. Walnut St., Suite 16. 812-336-8677 or cjam@cjam.org.

 

Renters--rental complaints, request to view a rental property file BEFORE you sign a lease.

Landlords--rental occupancy registration and permits, over-occupancy policy, rental rehab loan programs, pre-inspection addendum.

 

City Contacts

Visit the "Contact Us" section of the website for main City phone numbers, a list of City departments, and to find City Hall.

 

Reporting an Issue

Use Bloomington's uReport to notify the City of community issues, such as potholes, graffiti, malfunctioning street lights, and more.

 

Crime Reporting

Residents can report incidents online within Bloomington city limits when there are no known suspects, witnesses, suspect's vehicles, or evidence that could lead to identification of a suspect and the incident is non-violent.

 

Noise Complaints

Quiet Nights is a program that provides funding to the Police Department to enforce the City of Bloomington noise ordinance. The noise ordinance enforced 24 hours a day. To file a complaint, call 812-339-4477.

 

Road & Sidewalk Closings/Construction

The City offers residents the ability to see current and future road closings, lane reductions, and sidewalk repairs around the City through a web application called inRoads. inRoads provides several types of views for users to see road closings on a map, a list, or a calendar. In addition to viewing road information through the inRoads web application, the public may download inRoads system data in iCal, XML or JSON formats through the application or receive e-mail alerts about upcoming or current roadwork.

To access the application or for more information about inRoads, visit inRoads.

 

Transportation

Visit Bloomington Transit for a list of bus routes, the bus route map, to plan a bus trip, and to track a bus arrival.

 

"Welcome to Bloomington" Information for new neighbors and tenants

Welcome to Bloomington Magnet

Upon request, HAND will provide welcome information to neighborhood groups and landlords to distribute to new neighbors and tenants. Items include:

  • Bloomington Noise Ordinance door hangers----information about the Bloomington Noise Ordinance, including the # to call to register a complaint and the fine structure for non-compliance;
  • Welcome to Bloomington magnets (3 1/2" x 4 1/2"; pictured to the right)--featuring the URL for this website;
  • Hardcopies of the e-brochure--featured at the top of this page at the "Welcome Students!" link;
  • Contact the City magnets--featuring a URL with contact information for City Hall and various City departments.
  • Door Hanger plastic bags with City logo--perfect for delivering individual packets with the above items to each of your neighbors.

 

To order these materials for your neighborhood or tenants, contact Angela Van Rooy in the HAND Department at 812-349-3505, or email angela.vanrooy@bloomington.in.gov

 

 

 

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