Code Enforcement: A Mission to ‘Keep Opa-locka Beautiful’

“The mission of the City of Opalocka’s Department of Code Enforcement is to uphold and enforce codes and standards, established by the City’s elected officials to protect the public health, safety and welfare of all residents and visitors in the City,” explained Department Director Tamika Miller.

Outlining the various types of codes such as city, fire, uniform building, uniform housing, zoning ordinances, vehicle and penal codes, Miller stated that the City of Opa-locka operates in compliance with hundreds of written codes that are designed to maintain an overall healthy, safe, and clean environment; carry out land use policies; and preserve the quality of life standards that the community will embrace and enjoy. Miller placed particular emphasis on citizens differentiating between garbage and bulk trash, by distinguishing garbage as household waste such as waste paper, plastic packaging and cans, food scraps and other loose items that are placed in a 95-gallon container or commercial dumpster for the collection crews, and defining bulk trash as large bulky items such as yard waste and furniture. Bulk, she clarified, is collected only once a month on designated days in each zone (refer to the schedule/map). Therefore, Miller stated, “It is imperative that the community is made aware that bulk cannot be placed out more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pickup.” Details on other regulations and violations concerning the removal of acceptable and unacceptable garbage and bulk trash can be obtained from the Department of Code Enforcement

Due to the complexity of the many codes, involving technical or legal issues, residents frequently inquire about their role in enforcing codes and in making the City of Opa-locka a better, more beautiful, place to live and work. Miller affirmed,“The department strives to perform their duties in a fair, professional and courteous manner, while providing information to the public in an effort to maintain the community’s highest quality of living. For additional code concerns or facts on ways to help “Keep Opa-locka Beautiful,” contact Director Tamika Miller, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at

The Department of Code Enforcement 780 Fisherman St. 4th Floor, Opa-locka, FL 33054 (305) 953-2868 – Ext. #1510

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