Code Enforcement addresses a wide range of property issues that affect our environment, health, safety, and property values that enhances the quality of life of our citizens.
It is often a difficult task in maintaining the balance between the rights of individual property owners and the welfare of the general public when enforcing the codes. Our code officers are here to serve you. Their skills have been refined through technology and continuing education.
Our goal is voluntary compliance of the codes before pursuing further action when property owners are noncompliant with City codes.
Citizens may access our Code Enforcement Hotline 24/7 to report code violations that they observe. The number for this voice-mail service is 891-CODE (891-2633), or use DigiTally.
Common Code Violations
The applicable regulations for the following and other violations may be found in the City Ordinances. Additionally, substandard housing codes are located in the International Property Maintenance Code (PDF).
Get a full list of the most common code violations
Services and Programs
Municipal Code Enforcement Board – a citizen volunteer board that reviews housing and zoning/building regulations violation code cases, orders compliance with codes, assesses fines and liens for non-compliance, and ultimately may order foreclosure on violation properties.
Environmental Code/Variance Board - reviews violations of the City's environmental code and may also grant variances to the Ordinance. This board is composed of citizen volunteers.
Code Magistrate Program - comprised of citizen volunteers who review code violation cases for trash and debris, overgrowth and inoperable vehicles.
Neighborhood Scout Program - enables local residents to address code enforcement issues in their neighborhoods. Volunteers serve as scouts and are provided training to identify code violations and to provide the property owner with the initial voluntary compliance request.
Lot Mowing Program and Demolition - allows the City to correct code violations related to overgrowth on vacant properties and to facilitate the removal of dangerous structures in the community.
Boarding & Sealing Program - is for unsafe, open structures and is used to deter criminal activity or potential hazards, and to protect the safety of the residents in the neighborhoods.
Vehicle Towing Program - used to tow abandoned or inoperable vehicles from residential property that are currently inoperable or do not display license tags for the current year.
The City of Tallahassee's towing vendor has agreed to remove inoperable vehicles at no cost to citizens from private property through the end of 2013. View this flyer for more information (PDF).