Enforcement & Abatement Options

A municipal court citation may be issued for non-compliance if the citation has not been corrected in a timely manner or other arrangements have not been made. The fines for code compliance citations are set by Municipal Court and may be up to $2,000. Upon receipt of a citation, the citizen should contact Municipal Court to set a court date or pay the fine.

City Abatement
In circumstances of non-compliance, the inspector may issue a citation and/or have a City contractor abate the violation at the expense of the property owner. The City contractors do jobs such as mowing, trimming, removal of debris, etc. In addition to the actual cost of abatement, an administrative penalty is also assessed against the property owner.

Substandard Structures Rehabilitation Board
The Substandard Structures Rehabilitation Board can order repairs or demolition to a substandard structure within a specified time frame. The Board consists of five Council-appointed members (and one alternate member) selected to hear cases of non-compliance of a substandard building. The Board meets once a month to hear cases.