Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department works in partnership with citizens to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We work to enhance the quality of life in our county by eliminating unsightly or hazardous conditions. Code Enforcement covers a variety of codes and ordinances that the County has adopted to address these issues and concerns. Code Enforcement Officers are sworn constables of the County.
  
Common residential concerns include:
  • Lack of landscape maintenance, including mowing and weed removal
  • Scrap tires on public or private property
  • Open burning. Burning of leaves at times other than between 10:00 AM and one hour before sunset is also prohibited. Open burning of tires, rubber and plastic is prohibited.
  • Inoperable vehicles, boats, trailers or equipment stored in public view
  • Littering and illegal dumping
  • Improper storage of trash and yard debris
  • Storage of junk, including appliances, on public streets or private property
  Common Business Concerns include:
  • Illegal temporary signs, such as banners and window signs without a permit
Reporting a Violation To report a possible Code Violation, call the Customer Service Department at 912- 554-7111, or report a complaint online by clicking here.

What happens after I report a violation?
Complaints are addressed in a confidential, friendly and understanding way. Upon receiving a complaint, a Code Enforcement Officer will evaluate the situation, possibly take pictures, and determine whether a violation exists. If a violation exists, the Officer will notify the property owner to explain the problem and suggest possible solutions. The property owner is then given reasonable time to take care of the violation. A follow up inspection is performed to verify that the violation has been corrected. Most property owners comply after the first notification. Those who do not comply face enforcement action via the issuance of a citation and a hearing in Magistrate Court. The Magistrate Court Judge will hear testimony from the property owner and the Code Enforcement Officer and will rule on the case.