Code Enforcement Protocol

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Citizens and/or city officials make a complaint regarding a property with a nuisance. A Community Development Code Compliance Officer investigates the complaint. If there is a violation of city or state code, the property owner is notified of the excising violations. The nuisance will be rectified by one or more of the following:

  1. Voluntary Compliance
  2. Judicial Process
  3. Administrative Abatement

Voluntary Compliance
The Community Development Department will close a code enforcement case if the owner rectifies all of the violations on the property within the appropriate time line.

Judicial Process
The owner of the property will be served a citation if they are unwilling to rectify the violation in a timely manner. A citation will be served every day until the violation is corrected. There are four classes of Civil Violations: A class is $500, B class is $250, C class is $100 and a D class is $50. Additionally, the judicial process can coincide with Administrative Abatement. The Community Development Department will close a code enforcement case if the owner rectifies all of the violations on the property.

5.360 Penalties

  1. Any person or persons who shall be found to be an owner and/or a person in charge of property for a nuisance, or otherwise guilty of a violation of any of the provisions of the Nuisance Code shall be subject to the penalty provisions set forth herein.
  2. All persons responsible shall be liable for any injuries resulting from a violation of this Nuisance Code.
  3. Any violations of Sections 5.327 through 5.365 shall be deemed a Class B Civil Infraction.

Administrative Abatement
If the owner of the property refuses to rectify the violation, the property will be posted directing the owner to abate the nuisances. Additionally, a letter will be sent through certified mail informing the owner of the nuisances and what corrective measures need to be taken. The city may abate the nuisance and the cost of abatement will be charged to the person responsible. This charge may become a lien on the property if not paid in full.

5.342 Summary Abatement
The procedure provided by Sections 5.325 to 5.340 is not exclusive, but is in addition to procedures provided by other sections of the code. The Chief of the Fire Department, the Fire Marshal, the Police Chief, the Planning Director, the Manager or any other City Official may proceed summarily to abate a health or other nuisance which unmistakably exists and which imminently endangers health or property. The cost of the summary abatement shall be paid by the property owner and shall be a lien on the property where the nuisance was abated.

View the Nuisance Code Enforcement Process and Time Line