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Code Enforcement
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Our Mission:

To promote community awareness of and facilitate voluntary compliance with city municipal codes to enhance the quality of life and foster civic pride.

Be a Partner:

You can make the City of Venice a better place to live, learn, work and play by following these steps to resolve code enforcement violations in your neighborhood.


  1. File a complaint.  Please provide detailed information, including exact address or location and a complete description of the violation.
  2. Use the online form to report a code violation, or you can call Code Enforcement at (941) 882-7446, weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  3. Get involved in the code enforcement process by educating yourself on the content and application of the enforcement codes.

 

 


 

 

Code Enforcement:

Charged with the basic responsibility of education and notification, code enforcement seeks voluntary compliance of city codes which are baselines of minimum expectation for the maintenance of the community and environment.

Code enforcement strives to provide a clear systematic and consistent process for the investigation, notification and conformance of city code.

Who to Contact:

Code Enforcement (941) 882-7446.

Email at: codeenforcement@venicegov.com

Link to: Complaint Form

Mailing Address: City of Venice, FL 401 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285

Location: Code Enforcement is located at City Hall in the Building Department on the first floor in the center of the building.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

After Hours: City of Venice Police Department: (941) 486-2444.

What Code Enforcement is responsible for:
Violation of City of Venice code of ordinances

  • Compliance of zoning laws
  • Enforcement of Sign Ordinances
  • Obstructions on city property or  city right-of-way
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Trash
  • Unlicensed inoperative vehicles
  • Yard waste

What Code Enforcement is NOT responsible for:

 

For complaints related to:
Please call:
Animal Control

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department:
(941) 861-9500

Building Construction

City of Venice  Building Department:
(941) 486-2626 ext. 22001

Building Permits

City of Venice  Building Department:(941) 486-2626 ext. 22003

Disposal of old appliances and electronics City of Venice Public Works Department:
(941) 486-2422
Dust

City of Venice Stormwater Supervisor:
(941) 486-2626 ext. 25005

Graffiti Report

City of Venice Police Department:
(941) 486-2444

Local Business Tax Receipt (FKA: Occupational License)

City of Venice Planning & Zoning Department:
(941) 486-2626, ext. 25007 or 28004

Mosquitoes

Sarasota County Mosquito Control:
(941) 861-5000

Sign Permit

City of Venice Planning & Zoning Department:
(941) 486-2626, ext. 28004

Traffic

City of Venice Police Department:
(941) 486-2444

Water Restrictions

City of Venice Police Department:
(941) 486-2444

Yard Waste City of Venice Public Works Department:
(941) 486-2422

 

How does Code Enforcement Work?

Effective code enforcement can have a major influence on the safety of the city and its citizens.  Safety is the primary concern.

Citizens are normally unaware of proper code compliance.

When a code violation is reported, a complaint is opened and inspectors try to resolve the violation through a process of education, inspection and notices. Continued violations are followed by progressive enforcement. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health and safety are given a top priority.

Complaints
Complaint driven process:

1. A complaint may be received from a concerned person via phone, e-mail, letter or in person.  To remain anonymous, please use the on-line complaint form.
2. As much detailed information as available should be supplied at the time of complaint submission:

 

  • Address of property
  • If no address is available – identify by a nearby address
  • Description of property
  • Suspected violations
  • Where suspect violation is located on the property

3. This information allows the investigator to go to the property and substantiate the complaint so that the appropriate action may be taken in an investigation.

 

Investigation

  1. Information collected during an on-going investigation is public record in compliance with Florida records management laws.
  2. Detailed information regarding the complaint is verified and documented (with pictures if necessary) and an inspection of the property is conducted to determine if a compliance request should be issued.
  3. Complaints are inspected in a timely manner, with consideration of seriousness of the violation from a health, safety and welfare standpoint.
  4. Inspection is made from the public right-of-way, or on private property with the permission of the owner, and findings from the inspection are noted.
  5. Inspections are conducted discreetly and with respect for the property and privacy of others.
  6. The inspector will determine if the complaint is a situation better addressed by another department and, if so, refer the issue to the most appropriate department.

 

Notification:The two approaches for notification of violation are Municipal Code Enforcement Board action and citation.
 

Code Board

Citation
Verbal: Visit to Educate
  • Upon verification, a code enforcement inspector will inform the citizen of the violation.
  • The violation and actions needed for code compliance will be explained.
  • Upon verification, a code enforcement inspector will inform the citizen of the violation.
  • The violation and actions needed for code compliance will be explained.
Written:

A notice of violation (NOV) will be sent to the alleged violator serving as a warning and citing applicable code sections. 

If non-compliance is found, a written warning is issued with violator signing a receipt of written warning.

City of Venice Code of Ordinances: ARTICLE VI.  CODE ENFORCEMENT*

*State law references:  Code enforcement, F.S. ch. 162.

Sec. 2-331.  Notices.

 

 

(a)   All notices required by this division shall be provided to the alleged violator by certified mail, return receipt requested; by hand delivery by a city police officer, code inspector or other person designated by the city manager; or by leaving the notice at the violator's usual place of residence with any person residing therein who is above 15 years of age and informing such person of the contents of the notice.
(b)   In addition to providing notice as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, at the option of the code enforcement board clerical staff, notice may also be served by publication or posting as follows:
(1)   Such notice shall be published once during each week for four consecutive weeks (four publications being sufficient) in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. Proof of publication shall be made as provided in F.S. §§ 50.041 and 50.051.
(2)   In lieu of publication as described in subsection (b)(1) of this section, such notice may be posted for at least ten days in at least two locations, one of which shall be the property upon which the violation is alleged to exist and the other of which shall be at city hall. Proof of posting shall be by affidavit of the person posting the notice, which affidavit shall include a copy of the notice posted and the date and places of its posting.
(c)   Notice by publication or posting may run concurrently with, or may follow, an attempt to provide notice by hand delivery or mail as provided under subsection (a) of this section.
(d)   Evidence that an attempt has been made to hand deliver or mail notice as provided in subsection (a) of this section, together with proof of publication or posting, shall be sufficient to show that the notice requirements of this division have been met, without regard to whether or not the alleged violator actually receives such notice.

Compliance:

Code Board

Citation

The citizen may contact the inspector in person or by phone for further information regarding the city code, the enforcement process, or to seek an extension on the compliance date.

The citizen may contact the inspector in person or by phone for further information regarding the city code, the enforcement process, or to seek an extension on the compliance date.

Compliance dates are used as a guide and may be subject to change if the citizen requires additional time to bring the property into compliance.

Compliance dates are used as a guide and may be subject to change if the citizen requires additional time to bring the property into compliance.
Upon inspection, if the site is in compliance, the case is closed. No further action if compliance is met within specified time.

If compliance is not met within specified time: a hearing will be set with the Municipal Code Enforcement Board for a verdict and possible fine.

If compliance is not met: the violator will receive a citation ticket with a fine.  Non-payment of a fine is referred to circuit court,

If compliance takes place before the board meets, the case is heard, guilt is determined but the fine may be waived.  Repeat offender status is assigned if found guilty.

The violator will pay the circuit court fine,

 

or

Appeal to city council

N/A

Appeal to circuit court

Appeal to circuit court 

Court order

Court order

The goal of code enforcement is compliance, not punishment.

The goal of code enforcement is compliance, not punishment.

 

 

 

 

Historically, only 10-15 percent of all code enforcement issues require Municipal Code Enforcement Board or circuit court action. Cooperative efforts by violators and city staff result in resolution of 85-90 percent of the cases.