The mission of the Code Enforcement Department is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. Code Enforcement helps maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and ordinances.
The Code Enforcement Department identifies and investigates issues, and enforces city ordinances, such as health, safety, storm water runoff, public nuisances, illegal trash dumping, unsightly and unsanitary property conditions, and more. The Code Enforcement Department is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance of vacant structures and abandoned property.
THE CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS
- Upon initial report of a violation, Code Enforcement will inspect the property of concern and determine if a violation exists. The officer will collect photos and attempt to contact the owner to notify that person of the violation and the remedial action required. If no immediate contact can be made, the officer will post notice of the visit in a visible location at the property.
- The case will be recorded at Greenland City Hall, and a follow-up inspection will be set for a minimum of seven (7) days following the initial visit. The owner of the property will be verified, and an official letter will be sent to the owner’s address on file with the Washington County Assessor’s Office.
- Upon the second inspection, photos will be taken of remedial efforts or the lack of those efforts. If the violation is not in compliance, a citation can be issued to the owner or any resident over the age of 18. If the officer is unable to make contact, a second door hanger will be left alerting the owner there is a citation pending.
- Code Enforcement Officers’ goals are to get properties within compliance, not write a citation. However, Code Enforcement Officers have the authority to issue citations for violations if property owners fail to comply.
- Violations that are not abated by the property owner may be cleaned by private contractors hired by the City. Enforcement and contract costs will apply and a lien can be placed on the property.
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