“The mission of Code Enforcement is to serve the residents of Clay County in a prompt and courteous manner through impartial and reasonable enforcement of zoning and land use regulations and nuisance ordinances.”
The Board of County Commissioners has set specific policies regarding how Code Enforcement cases are to be handled. They are:
- Complaints will be accepted only with a . If you wish to submit pictures as evidence with your application, you must include an affidavit of evidence. Download the affidavit here: Affidavit of Evidence
- Cases will not be sent to the Special Magistrate until they have been pending at least two months or until the BCC directs that they be considered earlier.
- If citizens who have accrued fines want to request a lien reduction, they must present their own case to the BCC. Staff will offer a written recommendation, but will not present the case.
- Code Enforcement typically receives 10-15 research requests per day from real estate agents, title insurance agents and others regarding pending cases on properties. A fee of $10 per request is charged for this service
- Cases in which the home is in foreclosure or bankruptcy or is otherwise owned by a bank will not be pursued because of the difficulty and resources required to get the bank to address any issues that need to be corrected.
- Code Enforcement cases will now be investigated in accordance with the following priority. For example, cases in Category 3 will only be pursued when there are no pending cases in Category 2.
Category 1 (First Priority): Life and Public Safety Violations (including signs within the sight visibility triangle)
Category 2: Illicit Discharge Violations / Stormwater Management
Category 3: Land Development Code Violations (except nuisances), including signs within the ROW
Category 4: Nuisance Violations (junk, all other signs, etc.)
Category 5: Standard Housing Code Violations (unmowed yard, etc.)
Category 6: Violations of the Irrigation Ordinance