Enforcement Process

The Code Compliance Division understands that property maintenance violations can be difficult and sometimes expensive to correct.  We will problem-solve with our citizens to address violations and, when appropriate, provide reasonable extensions to deadlines before issuing a summons to court.  We also understand that code violations impact the neighborhood and the community as a whole.  Code violations can create safety concerns for our citizens, impact property values, and reduce neighborhood satisfaction.   

Courtesy Notice
The first notice issued for a code violation is typically a Courtesy Notice.  This is not an official Notice of Violation and provides seven (7) days to correct the violation.  You may not receive a Courtesy Notice if there are recent prior violations at the property, the violation creates an imminent safety concern, or the property is vacant.  Correction of the violation within the seven (7) days is important and will prevent the issuance of a Notice of Violation.  Code Compliance Officers cannot provide an extension of time on a Courtesy Notice and if the violation is not corrected will take the next step in our enforcement process, a Notice of Violation.

Notice of Violation
The Notice of Violation is a legal notice advising the owner and/or occupant of a property that a code violation exists on the property.  The time provided to correct the violation is specified by municipal code.  Weed and grass growth violations are seven (7) days, a junk/inoperable vehicle is fifteen (15) days, and a hazardous tree is ninety (90) days.  Correction of the violation within this time period is crucial as the next step in our enforcement process is a summons to municipal court and/or abatement.

Extension
The Code Compliance Division understands the unique circumstances that may involve a code violation and can offer an extension in certain circumstances.  To request an extension, you must contact the Code Compliance Officer who issued the Notice of Violation before the due date on the Notice of Violation.  Extensions are not guaranteed.  An extension is intended to provide the property owner or occupant additional time to correct the violation, not to "excuse" the violation.  Compliance with the municipal code will still be required in a reasonable amount of time.    

Abatement
Upon failure to correct the violation following the compliance date on the Notice of Violation, the Code Compliance Division can schedule the violation to be abated.  An abatement involves the city entering the property and correcting the violation.  The cost of the abatement, plus fees, will be billed to the property owner.  Failure to pay the abatement costs will result in a lien filed against the property.

Court Summons
Failure to correct the violation within the time provided by municipal code and any extensions agreed upon by the Code Compliance Officer will result in a summons to municipal court.  This may result in a court order to abate the violation and possible fines. 

If you receive a notice from the Code Compliance Division, please correct the violation before the compliance date on the notice.  If you cannot meet this deadline, you must call the Code Compliance Officer who issued the notice.  The phone number and email for the officer will be on the notice you received.