Code Enforcement Process
Staff investigates complaints filed with the County and also may observe violations while out in the field. When a complaint is filed, staff must first confirm the validity of the violation. This often requires research and a site visit.
Contact Responsible Party
Once a violation has been confirmed, staff will contact the responsible party(ies) to inform them of the violation. The focus of our program is to obtain compliance. As such, responsible parties will be given a reasonable amount of time to correct the violation before additional enforcement actions are taken.
Code Enforcement Board
In some cases, unfortunately, stronger enforcement remedies are necessary. Responsible parties who fail to meet a specified response date will be scheduled for a hearing before the Code Enforcement Board.
The Code Enforcement Board will establish the validity of the violation, If the person(s) is/are found to be in violation, the Board will establish a time frame for compliance and impose a fine amount for non-compliance. Once staff finds the violation has been resolved, a letter is sent to the responsible party (in cases of a verified violation) confirming that the matter was adequately resolved and the case closed.
A Code Enforcement Officer is authorized to issue a citation to a person when, based upon personal investigation, the officer has reasonable cause to believe the person has committed a civil infraction in violation of a duly enacted code or ordinance, and the county court will hear the charge.