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In accordance with CDC recommendations, the Code Enforcement Office is limiting face-to-face interactions at the Coleman Bush Building. WE REMAIN OPEN and continue to provide the services you need.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, 2020, all in-person transactions will be by APPOINTMENT-ONLY. Please click the "Make Appointment" button below to schedule. If you have any questions regarding this new process, feel free to contact us by phone or email. 


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About Code Enforcement


Why enforce codes?

Code Enforcement is vitally important to the safety and appearance of neighborhoods, ensuring compliance with the City's codes and ordinances relating to housing  (Document under ADA review), overgrowth  (Document under ADA review), open storage/care of premises  (Document under ADA review), zoning, disabled/abandoned vehicles  (Document under ADA review), minimum maintenance standards for commercial structures  (Document under ADA review), signage, and newsracks.


The Process

When violations are cited, violators are notified and provided a reasonable time to correct the violation.  Violations that are not brought into compliance are scheduled for an administrative hearing before the City's Code Enforcement Board Hearing Officer or full Code Enforcement Board, where formal findings are issued and fines imposed for continued non-compliance.  Code Enforcement also manages a lots cleaning and clearing program whereby unresolved violations are abated by a contractor, with the cost passed on to the property owner via special assessment.


Hearings

The City uses both a Code Enforcement Board Hearing Officer (Special Magistrate) and a 7-member Code Enforcement Board to consider continued and repeat violations of the City's codes and ordinances.  In a typical case, the Hearing Officer makes as finding as to whether a violation exists, and issues an order requiring the violation to be corrected a certain date, after which a fine may be imposed.  Cases that remain in violation beyond the date ordered by the Hearing Officer are scheduled for the Code Enforcement Board, where the Hearing Officer's previous order is confirmed, i.e. fine imposed, or additional time is granted for respondents with unusual hardships.  The Code Enforcement Board also considers requests for reconsideration of previously issued orders and fines imposed.  While the Code Enforcement Office initiates the vast majority of cases before the Hearing Officer and Code Enforcement Board, the Building Inspection, Lakes and Stormwater, and Fire Inspection Divisions also bring cases as needed.


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Lakeland Up to Code

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