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, municipal affairs and neighborhood livability standards.
A Code Enforcement Officer typically has specialized training and is a sworn or non-sworn inspector, officer or investigator, employed by a city, or county, or city and county agency. The position objective is to ensure compliance with policies, codes, rules, regulations, and permits in a proper, timely fashion within the limits of the law.
Code enforcement is important for accomplishing community goals, such as protecting property values and the environment. Many view code enforcement as an annoying intrusion into the free use of private property which doesn’t help the official in gaining compliance with the regulations.
The steps in which a code enforcement official uses to gain voluntary compliance may vary depending on the each individual situation, previous contact, the agency’s civil or judicial process and cooperation of the responsible party.
Some cases are as simple as education. The property owner may not be aware of the ordinances. Others may require investigation tactics in order to track down a responsible party. Sometimes a defiant person or attitude can hinder the process and force the situation into court.
Every day in this field is different and it takes a dedicated, self motivated, patient and detail oriented person to make a successful career in code enforcement. With the help of others in your area and the OCEA we can make our jobs easier while networking with other professions in a field many do not understand.
The objective is always compliance but voluntary compliance is an achievement!