FAQ Topic: Methods of Enforcement - Code Enforcement


A method by which the City takes action to remove or correct a violation. Abatement is used for: Removing signs posted illegally in the public right-of-way Removing inoperative vehicles from private property Removing stagnant water from private pools and ponds Repairing plumbing problems resulting in raw sewage Correcting dangerous building conditions that are an immediate … Continued

Criminal Complaint

Sometimes, after having been through the City’s hearing process, property owners still fail to bring their properties into compliance. When this occurs, Code Enforcement staff prepares all necessary documents and refers the case file to the City Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. Once this happens, all contact between the City and the property owner is … Continued

Administrative Nuisance Hearing

A hearing conducted when a property owner fails to bring their property into compliance when required by the City. The property owner is notified when and where the hearing will take place, as this is the opportunity to bring evidence and explain to a hearing officer why compliance has been delayed. The hearing officer bases … Continued

Notice & Order

Similar to a Notice of Violation, it serves as a notice to classify and abate violations involving a dangerous building. A Notice & Order is recorded with the County and will “cloud the title” of a property. It is useful in hindering the sale of a dangerous property to potential buyers who may be unaware … Continued

Notice of Violation

A document used to notify a property owner(s) of violations observed on their property. It serves as a demand to correct a violation and can ultimately end up in the City Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. If compliance is achieved within the specified time frame, there is no penalty assessment associated with a Notice of … Continued

Notice of Parking Violation

A “Parking Cite” is issued to a vehicle in violation of Municipal Code Sections. The cite requires the payment of a fine, the amount of which is set by the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule adopted each year by the City. Failure to pay the cite may impact a vehicle owner’s ability to re-register the vehicle annually.

Notice to Appear

Also commonly referred to as a misdemeanor citation or “NTA”, it is issued directly to a violator who must sign as a “promise to appear” in court. A recipient of this type of criminal citation must appear in court before a judge on the date noted on the “NTA”. Failure to appear could result in … Continued

Administrative Fine

If compliance is not achieved through a Warning Notice, an Administrative Citation/Fine is issued. The fine amount is set by State Law. Currently, fines progress in the amounts of $100, $200, and $500 for violation of the same offense within one year from the date of the first occurrence.

Warning Notice

Allows a property owner or tenant a specific amount of time, usually 30 days or less, to correct a violation without penalty .

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