Code Enforcement Corner

Code Enforcement CornerWhat is Code Enforcement?

Code Enforcement is the prevention, detection, investigation and enforcement of violations of statutes or ordinances regulating public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs.”

What is a Code Enforcement Officer?
A Code Enforcement Officer is a sworn or non-sworn inspector, officer or investigator, employed by a city, or county, or city and county, who possesses specialized training in, and whose primary duties are the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of laws regulating public nuisance, public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land use, or municipal affairs (http://www.caceo.us/?10).

Code enforcement, sometimes encompassing law enforcement, is the act of enforcing a set of rules, principles, or laws (especially written ones) and ensuring observance of a system of norms or customs. … Police forces are charged with maintaining public order, crime prevention, and enforcing criminal law.

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Parking and Storage of Commercial Vehicles

Sec. 42-197 (f) (1-2) Commercial vehicles. One commercial vehicle weighing 5,000 pounds or less may be parked or stored in a carport or garage, or in a side or rear yard, if completely hidden from the view of all adjacent properties of all residential zoning districts. The temporary parking of any commercial vehicle or equipment while its owner or operator is performing lawful and authorized public or private work as follows:

a) Tradesmen performing service or construction work or making deliveries of merchandise or household items;

b) Public utility service work or emergency vehicles, including law enforcement vehicles. All other use of public and private property for parking and/or storage of commercial vehicles and/or equipment in any residential zoning district is prohibited. Residents or property owners who park or store vehicles in violation of this ordinance are subject to code enforcement violations and fines.

Vehicle for Sale or Motor Vehicle Dealers

S. 320.27 (1) (c) –“owners of motor vehicles titled in their names may advertise and offer vehicles for sale on their own behalf s. 320.27 (2).” Any person who buys, sells, or deals in three or more motor vehicles in any 12‐month period or who offers or displays for sale three or more motor vehicles in any 12‐month period shall be prima facie presumed to be engaged in such business. The terms “selling” and “sale” include lease‐purchase transactions.

S. 320.27 (2) LICENSE REQUIRED.—No person shall engage in business as, serve in the capacity of, or act as a motor vehicle dealer in this state without first obtaining a license therefor in the appropriate classification as provided in this section. With the exception of transactions with motor vehicle auctions, no person other than a licensed motor vehicle dealer may advertise for sale any motor vehicle belonging to another party unless as a direct result of a bona fide legal proceeding, court order, settlement of an estate, or by operation of law. However, owners of motor vehicles titled in their names may advertise and offer vehicles for sale on their own behalf. It shall be unlawful for a licensed motor vehicle dealer to allow any person other than a bona fide employee to use the motor vehicle dealer license for the purpose of acting in the capacity of or conducting motor vehicle sales transactions as a motor vehicle dealer. Any person selling or offering a motor vehicle for sale in violation of the licensing requirements of this subsection, or who misrepresents to any person its relationship with any manufacturer, importer, or distributor, in addition to the penalties provided herein, shall be deemed guilty of an unfair and deceptive trade practice as defined in part II of chapter 501 and shall be subject to the provisions of subsections (8) and (9).

Parking or display of vehicles for sale

42-201 Prohibited Uses. Residents or property owners may exercise the right to advertise and offer vehicles for sale in accordance with s. 320.27 (1) (c ) and s. 320.27 (2), provided the vehicles are kept off public or private property where the public has a right to travel by motor vehicles and are parked on approved off-street parking area at all times. All activities in violation of S. 320.27 (1) (c), S. 320.27 (2), Sec. 38-36, and Sec. 38-38 are subject to code enforcement violations and being reported to the State of Florida Dept. of Motor Vehicle Dealers and Licensing.


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