Code Compliance Process
Protecting Our Community Through Code Compliance
The City of Miami's General Code of Ordinances establishes the form and functions of city government. One of those functions is the inspection and enforcement of nuisance codes related to the health, safety, and welfare of persons and property within the city limits of Miami. Many of these protective duties relative to property maintenance are the responsibility of the city's Code Compliance Office.
The Code Compliance Office observes, receives, and investigates complaints and then makes a determination if a code violation exists. When such a violation exists, a variety of measures may be taken to insure corrective actions are undertaken.
Filing a Complaint
Nuisance complaints are received and processed in person, by telephone, or via email on the City of Miami website. The Code Compliance Office is located in the basement of the Civic Center. The number to call is 918-542-6685.
Callers do not have to give their names, addresses, or telephone numbers. However, personal information is useful if Code Compliance personnel have questions regarding the complaint. A complainant should leave a brief description of the potential violation and the exact address of the location.
After the Complaint is Received
All complaints received are promptly investigated by the city's Code Compliance Office or referred to the appropriate agency within the city organization.
If the city inspector determines a nuisance exists, a Notice of Violation from the City of Miami's Code Compliance Office will be sent to the renter (occupant) and property owner. If the property is vacant, it will be posted with a Notice of Violation.
If You Do Not Comply
In the event a responsible party does not comply with the city's request to abate a violation, a summons will be issued and the responsible party will be required to appear in Municipal Court. A fine and court costs may be levied in addition to having to abate the violation.
If the City of Miami has to abate the violation, all charges incurred by the city will be billed to the responsible party. Failure to pay abatement charges incurred by the city will result in a lien being placed against the property for the costs involved.
It is Important to Communicate
When a violation exists in the community, Code Compliance personnel are more than willing to work with responsible parties. Communication between all parties involved is essential.