The Department of Inspection and Standards promotes the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Providence through the enforcement of adopted codes relating to buildings and properties. Each division works to assure adequate housing, towards eliminating blight, and with applicants in the permitting process to promote economic development and retain businesses. They regularly work with other City Departments in a coordinated effort to achieve this mission.
DIS staff also serve as liaison and support for the Zoning Board of Review and Building Board of Review. They guide property owners through the application process, review applications for completeness, develop meeting agendas, and do advertising.