Code compliance process
We believe the best approach to enforcing local codes is voluntary compliance. We work with residents to resolve violations before enforcement actions are necessary.
The following steps are taken to resolve code violations:
- Complaint review - When a complaint is received, it is reviewed by a code coordinator to determine whether a violation of county code may have occurred.
- Investigation - If the issue is a violation of county code, a code enforcement officer will visit the property to verify the problem.
- Property owner notification - If the officer finds a violation, property owners receive a letter detailing the violation/s, necessary corrective actions and a deadline to make the corrections.
- Re-inspection - The officer again inspects the property at the end of the time frame. If violations still exists, further enforcement is taken.
- Notice and Order - If voluntary compliance is not achieved, a Notice and Order is issued giving property owners 10 days to comply before fines begin.
- Appeals - Property owners may appeal a Notice and Order to a hearings examiner. If the hearings examiner affirms the Notice and Order, fines are imposed and will continue each day until the violation is corrected. Unpaid fines are recorded as a lien on the property.
- Legal action - When compliance cannot be reached, the case is forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney for legal action.