Code Enforcement Process

Process Details
  1. Contact the Code Enforcement Department requesting action related to a property for possible violation or other concern. 
  2. The code enforcement officer conducts an inspection of the property and notes violations into an automated system. 
  3. If the property is found to be within code guidelines, the complaint is logged as unfounded, or no violation, and the case is closed. 
  4. If violations exist, a first letter is ordered stating the city ordinance number along with the rule, and how the property is in violation. The letter will also allow for a term of when the property should be brought into compliance and when a second inspection will occur. 
  5. If at the second inspection, the property fails compliance, then a second letter is generated with another term and re-inspection date. 
  6. If non-compliance remains at the third inspection, a third and final letter will be sent warning of possible legal action which may include a citation if the property is non-compliant at the final inspection date.
    • Non-compliance at a final inspection may warrant the case being forwarded to the city attorney’s office pending further action through the court system. Generally citations are not issued unless imminent danger or blatant violation warrants such action. 

Certain public nuisance, health, and safety issues may require immediate action which could include abatement of the property, following city protocol. An independent contractor would be hired and the property owner invoiced from the city for all associated charges as well as administrative fees, taxes, and applicable late fees. Citations may also be issued in certain circumstances.