The code enforcement process begins with notification or observance of a violation of the City's Code of Ordinances. It can be an anonymous phone call from a resident, email, letter, or an Inspector's routine check of the neighborhoods. Our department is committed to keeping the City safe and clean, in an effort to keep Dunedin the beautiful City that we all love.
Shown below are the steps involved in helping property owners come into compliance with a violation. Please remember, do not ignore that first letter! It is a notification that you have something to fix, a permit to obtain, or a yard to clean up. Sometimes it is as simple as moving your car from being parked in the yard, and by early compliance, you can avoid from being sent to the Code Enforcement Board, and eventually being fined.
Please let us help you, we know that many infractions are unintentional and we want to work with you to understand the rules of the City's Code of Ordinances. Thank You.
Request for Fine Reconsideration: Once a property has come into compliance and an Affidavit of Compliance has been issued, the Respondent has 30 days to request a Fine Reconsideration. All requests must be in writing (email is acceptable) and submitted to Code Board Clerk Joan McHale within 30 days of the date the Affidavit of Compliance is accepted. An excerpt from the Dunedin Code Enforcement Board Rules of Procedure states:
Rule 5, Section 4: The petition must be in writing signed by the violator and must include conclusive evidence showing extreme or undue hardship in the payment of the fine or preventing the violator from coming into compliance within the time period established by the Board's order. The Board Clerk shall schedule the petition to be considered. The City may present, in written form, a response to the petition for reduction of fine. The Board shall make its determination based solely upon the written petition and the City's written response, unless the Board determines that it is necessary to hear oral argument from the violator and/or the City. The Board may request information from the Code Officer. The Board Clerk shall notify the violator by regular mail of the determination made by the Board. No petition for the reduction of a fine will be considered prior to the Board's acceptance of an affidavit of compliance. Under no circumstances may the amount of the fine be reduced below the costs of the action. Under no circumstances may the amount of the fine be reduced once a foreclosure action is instituted. Additionally, under no circumstances may the amount of a fine for a repeat violation be reduced.