WHAT IS CODE ENFORCEMENT?
CODE ENFORCEMENT DEFINITION:
Code Enforcement is the prevention, detection, investigation and enforcement of violations of statutes or ordinances regulating public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DEFINITION:
A Code Enforcement Officer is a sworn officer or investigator, employed by the city who possesses specialized training in, and whose primary duties are the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of laws regulating public nuisance, public health, safety and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs.
The Code Enforcement Officers are responsible for investigating nuisances such as abandoned motor vehicles, tall grass/weeds, junk appliances in public view, and other trash or brush that cause public eyesores. In addition, the officers are responsible for inspection of wrecker vehicles to ensure they comply with city regulations. Code Enforcement works with the city’s legal department on nuisance issues and investigated 781 complaints in 2011. Of these complaints, 765 cases were resolved and closed, which is a 97.95% clearance rate for all calls in 2011.