Atlanta is offering residents a chance to learn about code enforcement with a five-class academy starting next month. (Credit: Jason Getz)

Here’s how you can help with Atlanta’s blight issue

Atlanta is offering residents a chance to learn about code enforcement with a five-class academy starting next month. 

Applications are open for the city’s Code Enforcement Academy Training program, allowing residents to help the city with blight issues, vacant property concerns and enforcing citations. 

Residents will learn about Atlanta departments, including Atlanta police, zoning and public works, and how they can assist with ongoing abatement issues. 


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The classes will begin Aug. 24 and will last from 9 a.m. to noon. All sessions will be held at the city’s Fire Rescue and Training Academy on 407 Ashwood Avenue in southwest Atlanta. 

Residents can apply online or submit a paper application to the Office of the Municipal Court at 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2700, Atlanta, Georgia 30030. 

Applications are due Aug. 2. The course is limited to 50 people. 

For more information on the academy, residents can email codeacademy@atlantaga.gov or 404-546-4982. 


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