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Code Enforcement FAQ

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why was my property inspected?
  • I have property maintenance concerns. What can I do?
  • Will the Inspector request entry into my home?
  • How will I recognize the Inspector?
  • How will I know if I have a code violation?
  • What will the Inspector look for?
  • What if I cannot afford to make the required improvements?
  • I need more time to comply. What should I do?
  • What if I am physically unable to do the work?
  • What if I disagree with the items in the Compliance Letter?
  • What happens if I do not fully comply with the work orders listed in a Compliance Letter or simply do nothing?
  • What is a Citation/Summons?
  • What is Environmental Court?
  • What if I have more questions?

Why was my property inspected?
The City of Gulfport has two methods of Code Enforcement: Complaint initiated or Staff generated.

Will the Inspector request entry into my home?
No. Inspectors inspect the outside of your home, building and premises as a part of routine inspections. If an inspector needs to gain entry to the premises, you as the property owner will be asked if gaining access is acceptable. If you agree, you will be asked to sign a Right of Entry Request Form prior to entry into the residence. If it is denied and it is essential for the inspector to gain access to the residence, the inspector will go through the process of attaining a search warrant from the court system.

How will I recognize the Inspector?
Inspectors have an official City ID Badge and business cards issued by the City of Gulfport.

I need more time to comply. What should I do?
You are asked to contact the Inspector listed on the notification you received and request an extension in order to achieve compliance. Inspectors routinely grant extensions to allow for project completion, hiring a contractor, special circumstances of the Owner, etc.

What if I am physically unable to do the work?
Contact the Code Office and ask for assistance. In some cases, the inspector will be aware of volunteers available to help citizens.

What if I disagree with the items in the Compliance Letter?

  1. An inspector will meet you on your property at your request to explain the violation at any time prior to a Council Hearing Date or Court Date.
  2. You may attend a council hearing to contest the charges.

What happens if I do not fully comply with the work orders listed in a Compliance Letter or simply do nothing?
Unless other arrangements have been made for extensions, etc., failure to resolve violations listed in formal communication may result in the issuance of a Citation/Summons or the City may correct the violations as part of the City Council Process.

These processes may result in fines and or liens placed on property in order to recover costs associated with correcting the violation.

 

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