Code Enforcement FAQs



Q. What is Code Enforcement?


A. Code enforcement is the act of investigation and inspection of alleged violations of city ordinances for the purpose of confirming whether or not such violations exist, then arriving at the elimination of the violation or enforcement of the code by contact with the property owner, and, ultimately, if necessary, through a public hearing before the Environmental Court.


One of the main goals of the Code Enforcement program is to bring to the attention of residential and business owners any existing code violations which could have a negative impact on their neighborhood. Many such code violations are referred to as "public nuisances." Through voluntary compliance, cooperation, and a spirit of personal responsibility for the well-being of our community, conditions which create code violations can be eliminated and the program will succeed in making the City of Forest Park an even better place to live.



Q. Why do we have codes and regulations?


A. Codes and regulations are adopted by the Forest Park Mayor and Council in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of all citizens and to increase property values.



Q.  How do I register a complaint?


A. During regular business hours, you may call the Planning, Building and Zoning Department at

404-608-2300. You may also submit an online request using the Service Request feature of the PBZ Department website to report a variety of issues, including code violations.  24 Hour Online Service Request



Q. What will happen if I make a complaint?


A. Problems are addressed in a confidential, friendly and understanding way. On receiving a complaint, a code enforcement officer will notify the property owner to explain the problem and suggest solutions. The property owner is then given time to take care of the violation, whether it is by moving an inoperable vehicle to the garage, trimming back grass/weeds, or removing debris or objects.


While most property owners comply after the first notification, those who don't receive additional notices and/or fines. In addition, some violations may be abated by the city at the owner’s expense.


Q. What are typical residential code violations?

A. Typical residential code violations include:

  • storing unlicensed motor vehicles

  • storing inoperative motor vehicles

  • vehicle parked on unpaved surface

  • grass/vegetation in excess of six inches

  • exterior accumulation of debris/objects

  • outdoor storage of materials

  • building code violations

  • service garage (automotive repair) activities

  • commercial vehicle parking

  • trailer parked in residential area

  • use of residential property to store contractor's equipment

  • recreational vehicle parking

  • illegal accessory structures or those in disrepair



Q. What are the most common commercial code violations?

A. The most common commercial code violations are:

  • building code violations

  • outdoor storage of materials

  • exterior accumulation of debris/objects

  • inoperative motor vehicle storage

  • illegal/unpermitted signage

  • improper grading and drainage (soil and erosion control)

  • non-durable/dust-free paving surface




City of Forest Park   785 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297  Phone (404) 608-2300

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