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Inspect property in question.


The first step is to inspect the property in question, if there is a violation then a Notice of Violation is sent to the owner of the property alleged to be in violation. This notice advises that a complaint has been filed and describes the nature of the complaint, as well as a timeline to come into compliance. This is an opportunity for the property owner to contact Code Enforcement to discuss the violations and remedy them.

Possible Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing


If the property owner does not comply within the time alloted in the Notice of Violation, the case will be heard by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate (CESM), and fines may be levied at that time.

How Much Are the Fines?

If the CESM finds that you are in violation, and you do not come into compliance within the specified time-frame, the CESM may levy fines up to $1000 per day for first offenses. If a repeat violation has been committed, the CESM may levy fines up to $5000 per day.

If there is non-compliance with CESM legal order


Failure to comply with the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate's legal order, may result in further fines, liens or foreclosures.

How Do I Appeal a decision of the CESM?

If you believe the CESM’s decision is wrong and that you are not responsible for a code violation, you may appeal the decision to the Circuit Court.