The Code Enforcement Department promotes a safe and desirable living and working environment in Dundee by enforcing local Building, Zoning, and Public Nuisance Ordinances. Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing codes which address public health and safety issues, including regulations related to rubbish, garbage, specific nuisances, removal of vegetation, zoning, housing, dangerous buildings, and inoperable and unlicensed vehicles on private property. The Code Enforcement Department proceeds with enforcement actions both proactively and in response to requests for action received from citizens. The Department works to maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements.
Who Are The Code Enforcement Officers?
An enforcement officer is any Town employee or agent of the Town with the authority to enforce any provision of the Dundee Property Maintenance Code, Land Development Code, and Town Ordinances. The code enforcement division currently consists of one code officer. The Town of Dundee contracts with the City of Haines City to provide the Code Enforcement Officer.
What Is The Process?
General enforcement practices include educational contact and warning, except when life and safety issues are present.
Code Enforcement in the Town of Dundee is primarily a complaint-driven process but violations that are noted by Town staff will be investigated and considered for enforcement action on case-by-case basis. An inspection is scheduled within one to two business days.
If the complaint cannot be verified, the investigation comes to an end and the case is closed. If the complaint appears valid, the Code Enforcement Officer may take photographs and makes notes to document what they witnessed.
A formal written Notice of Violation (NOV) will be prepared and mailed within two days to the property owner and/or resident(s). This NOV provides a date for which the responsible person(s) are to bring the property into compliance.
Compliance or Notice of Hearing
Our preference is for the resident to comply voluntarily. Occasionally our efforts result in a “quick fix” but this is the exception. Upon expiration of the Notice of Violation, a final inspection of the property will be conducted. At this time, should there be a failure in compliance; a Notice of Hearing (NOH) will be issued to all responsible parties (Property owner(s) and/or residents/tenants). (Note: a continuing violation of any provision of this code constitutes a separate and distinct violation each and every day that the violation exists). The fines levied by the Special Magistrate, constitute a lien against each lot or parcel of land upon which the violation existed and any other property that the property owner owns. If full compliance is verified, the case will be noted and closed accordingly.
Some violations that may require a more involved resolution are given a compliance date that is appropriate given the situation and its complexity.
Any violation of this code that is punishable as an infraction shall be subject to a fine in the following amounts:
- A fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per code provision violated for the first time offender;
- A fine not exceeding five hundred ($5,200.00) per code provision violated for a second administrative citation for violation of the same code provision issued within a five (5) year period.
For additional information on Code Enforcement please contact Jeannette Raine, Building Manager at (863) 438-8330 Ext. 231.
View the current Town of Dundee Code of Ordinances
Contact the Code Enforcement Department
Staff: Lisa Harris, Cerified Code Enforcement Investigator (Polk County)
Office Location: Town Hall
Office Phone: 863-438-8330
Office Hours: Varies
Office is closed Saturday, Sunday, and holidays