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Code Compliance Process

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You Receive A Notice of Violation

Contact the code compliance officer to find out how to correct the violation. You may ask for additional time provided you are making progress on correcting the violation. Some problems (stagnant pool, overgrown grass, unsecured structure) are serious and correction must not be delayed. There may be assistance available to low-income homeowners through the Community Development Department. Remember to get proper permits that may be required for some repairs.

Learn how the City's Code Compliance inspection process works:

Code Compliance Inspection Process

If prompt action is not taken to correct the violation, there are several possible consequences. The City may arrange for a lot to be mowed or for a vacant, open structure to be boarded. The cost is then billed to you. If legal action becomes necessary, you will be served a notice to appear before the Special Magistrate. You must explain your case and ultimately correct the violations in order to avoid fines and liens.

Remember: The Code Compliance Division team is here to help, working together to make the city and neighborhoods a great place.

Beginning Stages of a Code Case

Initial Inspections

A case is initiated by a code officer observing a violation, citizen call in, letter or Internet complaint and other City Departments or entities (Police, Public Works, Commission, City Manager’s Office). All complaints are inspected and verified by a Code Officer and if a violation(s) exists the code officer takes further action towards obtaining voluntary compliance

Warning Notices

Once violations are verified to exist, a Warning Notice may be left, hand delivered or mailed to a property owner. The warning explains the type of violations, specify the number of days given for compliance, and if an Administrative Citation will be issued for a specified fine (up to $250.00) if the violations are not complied. Residents should call Code Compliance at (954) 344-5964 or their code officer if they have questions. A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violations have been corrected.

Enforcement Action

Administrative Citation

If a property owner does not achieve compliance, an Administrative Citation can be issued with a fine up to $250.00 for the first offense and up to $500.00 for repeat offense. Fine schedule can be viewed by clicking on the link to at the end of this sentence. Ch 1 Administration, Section 190.1 Schedule of civil penalties

Notice of Violation / Notice of Hearing

This form of Notification is for more serious code violations that are not corrected. An official Notice of Violation / Notice of Hearing can be issued beginning the process for the violator to appear before the City's Special Magistrate. The Special Magistrate hearing is a quasi-judicial process and the magistrate has the authority to impose fines for each day the property is not in compliance and liens on a property.

Neighborhood Preservation Inspections

A Neighborhood Preservation Inspection is an annual inspection and licensing of buildings with two (2), three (3), or four (4) residential units. The inspection of these residential rental properties shall occur once during the calendar year for the purpose of ensuring the requirements meet with standards in order to maintain property values as well as to provide for the safety of the occupants of the property inspected

Special Magistrate

The City of Coral Springs code cases are heard by a Special Magistrate.

The Special Magistrate is appointed by the City Commission and has the jurisdiction and authority to hear and rule over code compliance matters. The Special Magistrate is a licensed attorney and a member of the Florida Bar.

The Special Magistrate has the authority to subpoena witnesses and records, order rulings on violations, assess fines and order liens to be placed upon property.

Property owners cited by a Code Compliance Officer, Building Inspector, Fire Inspector are given a reasonable amount of time to bring their property into compliance before the case is referred to the Special Magistrate.

After the Special Magistrate has ruled over a case, failure to correct the open code violations may result in fines until such violations are brought into compliance. Failure to comply could result in a lien filed against the title of the property.

If a violation is severe and poses a threat to the health and safety of the neighbors, the city will initiate public nuisance proceedings against the property and correct the nuisance at the expense of the property owner.

Hearings

Special Magistrate hearings are held at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Room in City Hall at 9551 W. Sample Road, Florida. Please plan to arrive prior to the hearing to register with the administrative staff.

Agendas and Calendar

Special Magistrate Calendar and Agendas are available for view / download.