An inspection is conducted by a Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) on the basis of a complaint, neighborhood survey, a referral, or an application for Certificate of Occupancy. The primary focus of these inspections is on health and safety and blight. If violations are present, a Notice and Order is issued to the owner requiring abatement within a specified time frame depending on the violations.
The CEO regularly reinspects a property. If work is in progress, an extension may be given in “good faith” that the work will be completed. If progress is not being achieved on a continual basis, the CEO attempts to contact the owner and get a schedule for the completion of the work. A CEO will try to work with an owner to identify resources to resolve the violations whenever possible. If the owner does not comply with the Notice and Order, the CEO may recommend that the case be placed in Enforcement.
A final warning letter is sent, via regular mail, to the owner of the property. The final warning letter notifies the owner of the possible dollar amount of the fines and attaches a violation compliance schedule. The CEO will then reinspect the property to see if any of the violations have been corrected.
He/she will also attempt to contact the owner to gain compliance. If progress is made, the CEO will get a proposed compliance schedule from the owner for the remaining violations and seek approval for the extension from the code enforcement coordinator. Once the terms of the compliance schedule have been