What is the purpose of Code Enforcement?
Code enforcement’s purpose is to improve the safety, health and welfare of all citizens living within local governmental jurisdictions. Municipalities have the authority to impose administrative fines when a code violation persists. While every governing body has its own procedures for noncompliance, it is common to issue notices of violation to the property owner. If there is no cooperation within a given time frame, either abatement processes commence or fines are imposed.
How Does the Code Enforcement process work?
A complaint is received.
An inspection of the property is conducted to see if complaint is valid.
If a violation is found, a letter is prepared and mailed certified to property owner with time to correct said violation.
If said violation is not corrected within the set time frame a Failure to Comply notice is mailed certified with a date to appear.
If the violator is found guilty a fine may be assed for each day the property is in violation.
Failure to pay fines can result in liens being placed on said property. If the liens are not paid the attorney may be instructed to foreclose on said property.
Here are some common items that are considered a violation:
Household furniture (chairs, couches, beds, tables, etc)
Old appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc)
Yard trash or litter (accumulation of objects such as buckets, coolers, aluminum cans, tarps,)
Tires, construction debris (the city will not pick up these items)
Address numbers not affixed to the structure, clearly visible from the roadway, must be at least 4 inches in height for residential properties and 6 inches in height for commercial properties.
Dilapidated dwellings and structures.
Flaking paint, rotten wood, broken windows, roof damage
Fences in disrepair
Signs placed in the right-of-way and on utility poles.
Inappropriate occupancy of certain accessory structures (i.e. storage sheds).
Junked, inoperable or unlicensed vehicles (must have current tags and be in working order)
Boats and other recreational vehicles parked in the front yard (must be in side or rear yards)