The Enforcement Process

The Enforcement Process is regulated by Florida State Statute Chapter 162.

The Enforcement Process varies and may consist of:

  • Verbal Agreement - Generally addresses minor violations
    • An agreement between the property owner and the code officer
    • Compliance period is usually between one and three days
    • No formal written notice
  • Field Notice of Violation (FNOV) - Formal written notice of violation(s)
    • Explains the details of the code violation(s)
    • Provides information on how to correct the violation(s)
    • Specifies the date of compliance (deadline for correcting violation)
    • Delivered to the property owner from the code enforcement officer
  • Notice of Violation (NOV) - Formal written notice of violation(s)
    • Contains details of the code violation
    • Provides information on how to correct the violation
    • Provides a compliance date (typically between one and thirty days)
    • Sent certified mail through USPS
  • Hearing - A formal proceeding before a special magistrate addressing the code violation(s)
    • Scheduled when the cited violation(s) have not been corrected
    • Scheduled for recurring violation(s) - Property has received a previous FNOV or NOV
    • Scheduled for repeat Violation(s) - Property has previously been to a hearing
  • Fines - Fines begin to accrue against a property after the post hearing compliance date has passed and the violation(s) are not corrected.
  • Liens - Liens are filed with the Clerk of Courts against the property and all other real property under the same ownership.

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