A Code Inspector initiates a case when:
All complaints are inspected and verified by a code inspector and if a violation exists, the code inspector takes further action toward obtaining voluntary compliance.
*Note: Florida Senate Bill 60 prohibits an inspector from initiating a case by way of anonymous complaint, with the exception of health and safety violations.
Once violations are verified, a notice may be, hand delivered or mailed to a property owner. The notice explains the type of violation(s), and specifies the number of days given for compliance.
A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violations have been corrected. If the violations have been rectified, 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 inspector. 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, see Enforcement Action tab.
If action is not taken to correct the violation within the specified timeframe, there are several possible consequences for the property owner.
Below are some examples of the enforcement actions the city may take.
If a property owner does not achieve compliance for certain types of violations, 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. The fine schedule can be viewed under Ch. 1 Administration, Section 190.1 Schedule of civil penalties
This form of notification is for more serious code violations that are not corrected. An official Notice of Violation/Notice of Hearing is the beginning process for a violator to appear before the City's Special Magistrate. Property owner(s) cited by a Code Compliance Inspector, 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.
The Special Magistrate hearing is a quasi-judicial process. The magistrate has the authority to impose daily fines and liens on a property.
Respondents (property owners or business owners) are given an opportunity to speak about their case during the hearing. Property owners may authorize others to speak on their behalf at the hearing; this authorization must be in writing. Other persons having an interest in the case may also speak at the hearing. View agendas(PDF, 290KB)
If daily fines and/or administrative costs are not paid, the city may place a lien on a property. The magistrate does not have the ability to waive administrative costs that are assessed once the Final Order has been issued regardless of compliance, as per adopted Resolution 2011-039.
If you feel that the lien on your property is barred by foreclosure, you may apply for the barred lien process.
Learn more Form
The Reduction of Fine process is a system set up for property owners who have liens on their property and would like to request that the lien be reduced.
If a property owner requests a reduction of fine for a case that is not in compliance, and there is a pending transaction, the Escrow Release of Lien process is used.
This form is to be completed by the Attorney when appearing on behalf of the respondent.
This form is to be completed by the property owner authorizing an individual to act as an agent on their behalf to represent the real property.
This form is to be completed by the property owner or tenant to provide consent for entry.
Report a code violation or check on a code issue.
View Agenda(PDF, 290KB)
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