The Code Enforcement Division enforces the City’s Minimum Housing Code, which covers safety and livability requirements in housing by processing a variety of cases ranging from public nuisance to zoning. Code Enforcement has specialty teams as well as area teams that respond to complaints and possess specialized training to enforce violations. Code Enforcement depends on individuals to report issues through FresGO and by calling 3-1-1. All complaints are addressed based on their priority level, with the most dangerous cases getting the most urgent response.
Code inspections occur when a potential violation is reported. Officers confirm the existence of violation(s) and inform the property owner of requirements and deadlines to cure the violation(s). The ultimate goal is compliance and quality neighborhoods. The City is pleased to work with many responsible property owners who maintain or bring properties into compliance. This type of voluntary compliance is the goal, rather than issuing fines and enforced compliance.
Education is the first step to inform individuals about regulations that need to be followed. It is the responsibility of the property owner to comply with City codes. It is important that property owners are made aware of any violations. If the property owner is not responsive, violations should then be reported to the City through FresGO or by calling 3-1-1.
The City works to bring code violation(s) to the attention of the responsible party, typically the property owner. A reasonable amount of time is provided to resolve the violation. Compliance at this stage is referred to as voluntary compliance. Voluntary compliance takes minimal City resources and is often achieved quickly because the property owner is responsive. In the case of unresponsive property owners, however, the City often takes enforcement action, using one or more of the following approaches to achieve compliance: Administrative Citations, Penalties, Abatement by Contractor, Court Appointed Receivership, Property Liens, Judicial Remedies, Referrals, etc.