Building Code Enforcement Process

Building Code Enforcement Process

Step 1 - Courtesy Notification

The notification process begins with a Courtesy Notice in the form of a door hanger to advise the individual of the violation.

Step 2 - Notice of Violation

Once the Courtesy Notice has been posted, should the violation still exist after one to thirty (1-30) days*, a Notice of Violation (NOV) with information on the particular violation and needed remedy is posted on site and a copy is sent to the property owner via First Class mail and certified mail. The property owner is provided one to thirty (1-30) days to remedy the violation. Notifications will be provided in English, Spanish, & Chinese. The NOV will state that the City will abate the violation and provide the responsible party with an opportunity to appeal the notice of violation and provide the responsible party with an opportunity to appeal the NOV and show cause at a hearing as to why such a condition should not be abated by the City at the Responsible Party's expense. Failure to appeal constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal the NOV and a failure to exhaust administrative remedies.

* Depending on exigent circumstances--in the case an emergency situation requires swift action to prevent imminent danger to life or property.

Step 3 - Administrative Citation

Should the violation remain after the time period specified in the NOV, an Administrative Citation in the amount of $150 will be issued to the property owner.

Step 4 - Administrative Citation

Should the violation remain after the time period specified in the first citation, an Administrative Citation in the amount of $300 will be issued.

Step 5 - Administrative Citation

Should the violation remain after the period specified in the second citation, an Administrative Citation in the amount of $600 will be issued. The City could continue to issue Administrative Citations up to a maximum amount of $6,000, cumulatively.

Step 6 - Obtain Judicial Warrant to Abate

In order to legally abate a nuisance on a property, staff must obtain a warrant from a judge proving that multiple attempts have been made to remedy the situation and proper notification has been provided to the Responsible Party.