Code Enforcement Process
The Code Enforcement process begins when a Code Enforcement officer observes a violation; a citizen calls in a complaint; a letter or online complaint is received; or other city departments or entities make a complaint, initiating the process. All complaints are investigated and verified by a Code Enforcement officer and if a violation exists, the officer will determine the responsible party/property owner and take further action toward obtaining voluntary compliance through a process of education, inspection, and notices. Continued violations are followed by progressive enforcement.
Click HERE for a link to the Illustrated Code Enforcement Process.
When code violations are verified to exist, a written warning may be left at the violation site, hand delivered or mailed to a violator or property owner. The warning explains the type of violation(s) that exist and specifies a certain number of days given for the violation to be corrected to comply with Forest Park codes. Failure to correct violations within the specified time period may result in the violator(s) being issued a civil citation to appear in Environmental Court for each violation. A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violation(s) have been corrected.
If a violator or property owner does not meet compliance, or in certain situations, such as repeat violations and
matters of health and safety hazards, a civil citation to appear in Forest Park Environmental Court will be issued. The Environmental Court judge may impose a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six (6) months, or a combination thereof, for failure to correct code violations.
Each code has its own set of enforcement procedures; however, the process generally follows this sequence:
• Complaint Received
• Complaint logged
• Code enforcement officer assigned
• Inspection Conducted
• Notice left at residence or sent to violator allowing time for correction
• Re-inspection conducted
• Civil Citations issued if violation is not corrected
• Criminal prosecution filed if not corrected after citation
• Abate (violation removed by City) and lien
Click HERE for a link to the Code Enforcement Procedures Manual