Code Enforcement

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The Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for investigating violations associated with state building codes, minimal housing, abandoned structures, abandoned property, weeds, junk, and other nuisances identified by the codes in Carolina Beach. He also oversees the code compliance processes for development codes, signs, and business regulations after initial recognition and contact to a violator has been documented by the appropriate town official. 

Common Referenced Ordinances:
  1. Minimum Housing (Chapter 4- Article VII)
  2. Weeds, Junk, and Other Nuisances (Chapter 10- Article II)
  3. Abandoned Properties and Structures (Chapter 10- Article III)
The Code Compliance Process
  1. The Code Enforcement Process is first initiated when the Code Enforcement Officer notices a violation or receives and confirms a complaint. If at all possible, the property owner is first contacted by telephone or a visit and made aware of the violation.
  2. If the property owner is unable to be reached by telephone or a visit, the Notice of Violation is sent by mail. In this letter, the specific violation(s) is explained and the property owner is given 15 days to comply.
  3. If the property owner is still non-compliant after the 15-day period, the Notice of Penalty ($50.00) is issued and mailed out. The letter explains that the violation must be corrected immediately to prevent further penalties of ($50.00) a day per violation and that unpaid charges may result in legal action.
  4. If the violation still exists, the third and Final Notice is sent and represents 14 days of non-compliance for a total of $700, including previous unpaid citations.
  5. After the Final Notice, all papers will be sent to the Town Attorney who will pursue further legal action.


Report a Code Violation by completing the form below (to access a printable form click here):

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