The Code Compliance Division shall strive to provide the Town’s residents and business community with a well-balanced code enforcement program and compliance process through a professional, courteous, and stepped approach that will focus on: 1) educating and informing of the provisions of the Town’s Codes and Ordinances; 2) provide a better understanding of the underlying principles behind the laws and the benefits of compliance; 3) assisting the affected parties with arriving at mutually agreed upon solutions to compliance; and 4) working with the affected parties in achieving voluntary compliance.
Services, Functions, and Activities:
This Division is responsible for ensuring that the Property Maintenance Standards and other sections of the Code of the Town of Surfside, as well as the Minimum Housing Standards, as adopted from the Miami-Dade County Code, are met by residential and commercial property owners.
To accomplish code compliance, the Division enforces regulations concerning zoning requirements, requirements for building permits, landscaping, signs, land clearance, property maintenance, abandoned property, illegal trash disposal and other issues that affect the welfare of the community. This Division works to enhance the quality of life in the Town of Surfside through diligent observation, education, enforcement, coordination with other departments including Police, and Public Works and eventual progressive economic penalties when voluntary compliance is not attained.
Code Compliance staff receives and documents from the public various complaints of municipal code violations. Each complaint is investigated, and staff takes appropriate actions which may lead to the issuance of a courtesy notice, a civil violation notice, and/or the scheduling of the case before the Town’s Special Master.
The Code Compliance Division is involved in a multitude of activities, including but not limited to the following:
- Receiving and processing complaints
- Performing routine and special inspection of the residential and commercial areas of the town
- Monitoring patrols of the Surfside beach area
- Serving and posting of required notices
- Scheduling and participation in monthly code enforcement hearings