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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have a complaint to file. Do I have to give my name?

A. Yes.  We do not accept anonymous complaints.  Frivolous and unfounded complaints will not be processed or investigated.

Q. If the violator does not correct the problem, what is the next step?

A. The case will be referred to the Code Enforcement Board. They are the authority to find one in violation. Also, they can access a fine of up to $250 per day for each day the violation exists.

Q. A vacant lot in my neighborhood is overgrown with tall weeds.  Is there a way to make the owner mow the lot?

A. Yes, Leon County does have an ordinance that requires property owners to mow their lots. The mowing ordinance is for the unincorporated portion of Leon County, which requires that grass not exceed 18 inches in height. Also, the City of Tallahassee has a mowing ordinance, for more information, please call (850) 891-7001.

Q. Who enforces deed restrictions of a subdivision?

A. The County Code Compliance Program only enforces County Ordinances. For deed restrictions it is suggested that you contact your neighborhood or homeowners’ association.

Q. If you receive a Notice of Violation, how much time do you have to correct the violation?

A. The perceived time would depend on the code that is violated.

For example, for junk and litter cases you would have 10 days from the date you received your Notice of Violation. But, generally the time frame would range from 10 -90 days. The Notice of Violation will provide you with this information.

Q. I received a Notice of Violation, but I need more time to correct the violation?

A. Call 606-1300 before the deadline has expired and discuss the circumstances with the Code Compliance Specialist. Based upon the circumstances, the deadline may be extended.