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Code Compliance Process


The goal of Code Compliance is compliance with the laws. The most preferred method is voluntary compliance. All of the division’s effort is focused on that issue. The “laws” for the purposes of this Division are Chapter 3-9 Zoning Regulations of the Charlotte County Code of Laws and Ordinances, various other Charlotte County Codes and certain Florida Statutes. The division has the ability to issue citations and present violations to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate (CESM). The CESM hears the case in a “quasi-judicial” proceeding and then determines if a violation exists. They can also assess fines and recommend that liens be placed based on these determinations.
Code Compliance deals with all aspects of residential and commercial zoning compliance as well as the adopted International Property Maintenance Code and certain permitting aspects of the Florida Building Code. Most of our work is derived from violations on private properties. Some zoning code issues addressed are; junk like conditions, abandoned motor vehicles, abandoned water craft, tall grass, setback requirements, permitting requirements, fence inspections, landscape inspections (commercial and residential), sign inspections, commercial changes of occupancy, verifying home occupations, and much more.
Code Compliance must adhere to Florida Statutes requiring “due process”. Time delays occur while certified mail is being delivered or, in the event of an “absent” property owner, properties are posted with a notice of a CESM hearing. During these delays, it is possible that nothing will occur at the location of the violation. It may appear that Code Compliance is taking no action and that would not be the case. The Division minimizes this perception by staying in touch with the complainant whenever requested and keeping the office staff current on the progress of cases. Feel free to call the office or use our website to check the status of an existing Code Enforcement case.
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