The Department of Community Standards & Code Compliance promotes a safe and desirable living and working environment in Dundee by enforcing local Building, Zoning, and Public Nuisance Ordinances. Community Standards is responsible for enforcing the codes of the Dundee Town Commission 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, signs, and farm animals. The Community Standards 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 the Dundee community by administering a fair and unbiased program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements.
Who Are The Community Standards Compliance Officers?
A Compliance 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 Compliance division currently consists of one Code Compliance Officer.
What Is The Process?
General compliance practices include direct citation of violation upon observance or verified complaint and the opportunity to be educated in coming into compliance. Warnings or contact before issuance of violation is not part of the general enforcement practice.
**Effective July 01, 2021, Florida passed a new law banning anonymous complaints to code officers.
The new bill prohibits county and municipal code inspectors from initiating an investigation into violations of city or county codes or ordinances based upon an anonymous complaint. It also requires that an individual making a complaint of a potential violation provide his or her name and address to the local government body before an investigation may occur.
The prohibition does not apply if the code inspector has reason to believe the alleged violation presents an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare or imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources.
Code Compliance in the Town of Dundee is primarily a complaint-driven process, but violations that are noted by Town Staff will be proactively investigated and considered for enforcement action on a case-by-case basis. An inspection is scheduled within one to five business days. The Town will make efforts to educate on compliance when a violation is noted.
If the complaint cannot be verified upon inspection or a period of investigative monitoring, the case will most likely be closed. If the Code Compliance Officer determines the violation is valid, they will take photographs and make notes to document what they witness and send notification.
A formal written Notice of Violation (NOV)/ Notice of Hearing (NOH) will be prepared and mailed to the property owner and/or resident(s) within a reasonable period of time after the initial investigation. Once the NOV/NOH is received the respondent has 7 days in which to bring their property into compliance. If not brought into compliance at the end of the 7 days, the case will be placed on the agenda for the Special Magistrate listed on the NOV/NOH. If full compliance occurs during the time frame listed on the NOV/NOH then the respondent will not have to attend the Special Magistrate. If the property remains in violation or complies after the time frame listed, it will be placed on the Special Magistrate agenda, and possible fines and liens can be imposed.
Fines & Liens
Any violation of this code that is punishable as an infraction shall be subject to a fine in the following amounts:
- A first time offend can be fined up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day;
- A repeat offender of the same code violation is an automatic fine and lien from the first day it is observed at five hundred dollars ($500.00) per day; a repeat offender is defined as being a respondent who has previously had their case adjudicated.
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. Every case that goes before the Special Magistrate is subject to the cost of prosecution. The cost of prosecution is not a fine or a lien, but a mandatory administrative assessment per Florida Statute 162.
View the current Town of Dundee Code of Ordinances
Contact the Code Compliance Department
Code Compliance Officer: Josh Larsen
Code Enforcement: Town Hall
Office Location: Town Hall
Office Phone: 863-438-8330, EXT. 254
Office Hours: Varies (complaints & concerns received M – F, 8am – 5pm)
The office is closed Saturday, Sunday, and holidays