A code officer observing a violation, citizen call in, letter or online complaint and other city departments or entities, initiates a case. All complaints are inspected and verified by a code officer and if a violation exists, the code officer takes further action towards obtaining voluntary compliance.
Once violations are verified, a notice may be left, hand delivered or mailed to a property owner. The notice explains the type of violation(s), specify the number of days given for compliance, and an Administrative Citation is issued for a fine of up to $250.00 if the violations are not complied.
A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violations have been corrected. The property owner does not need to be present at the time of the inspection. If the violations have been complied, an affidavit of compliance will be issued and mailed to the address of record for the owner.
We request that you keep contact with your code officer. Let him/her know if there are any issues or delays in correcting the violation(s).
You may request additional time to correct the violation if you are making progress on correcting the violation(s). The request is not an automatic guarantee. Certain issues cannot be delayed such as stagnant pools, overgrown grass and unsecured structures.
If action is not taken to correct the violation within the specified timeframe, there are several possible consequences for the property owner.
- Property owner is sent a notice to appear before a magistrate for non-compliance of the violation(s)
- Property owner is sent a notice stating the property is going to be liened for non-compliance
- If the violation is severe and poses a health or safety risk, the city will request permission from the magistrate to mow a vacant lot or, board up an open structure. *Cost is billed to the owner
- If legal action becomes necessary, the owner will be served a notice to appear before the Special Magistrate where the owner must explain his/her case and ultimately correct the violations in order to avoid fines and liens
There may be assistance available to low-income homeowners through the Community Development Department at 954-344-1041 or the Code Compliance Call Center at 954-344-5964 for more information.