Effective July 1, 2021, Senate Bill 60 amended Florida Statutes 125.69, 162.06 and 166.0415; prohibiting code inspectors designated by governing bodies of municipalities from initiating investigations of potential violations of codes and ordinances by way of anonymous complaints; requiring persons who report potential violations of codes and ordinances to provide specified information to the governing body before an investigation occurs.
Code inspectors can no longer initiate an investigation through a direct or indirect anonymous complaint either in writing or by phone. Indirect complaints through City staff or persons, must be accompanied by the name and address of the complainant for submission to the Code Board.
The Rockledge City Council adopted codes which are designed to ensure public health, safety and welfare in so far as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures and premises. These codes are the code of ordinances and the land development regulations. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life within the City of Rockledge through the enforcement of these regulations. To achieve this, we work with citizens toward reasonable and timely compliance of code violations.
Our code enforcement officer is responsible for investigating complaints of violations or by initiating investigations observed while in the field. Complaints are generally handled within two to five working days of receipt. Emergency situations, which may be a safety threat to the community, are handled immediately.
The Enforcement Process is regulated by Florida State Statute Chapter 162. When a violation is present, the process starts with a courtesy notice to the occupant informing them of the nature of the violation, the code that they are in violation of and a brief explanation on how to remedy the violation. If the deadline within that courtesy notice passes and the violation still exist, a written notice of violation is sent via certified mail. A notice of violation is the final notification before the matter could be scheduled before Rockledge’s Code Enforcement Board. If the deadline passes, and the property is still not brought into compliance, then the matter is scheduled before the Rockledge Code Enforcement Board.
The most important action the property owner can take is to comply with the violation within the period required by code. Our primary goal is voluntary compliance, which saves both time and money for all parties involved.
The mission of the Code Enforcement Department is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. The department helps maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased compliance program to correct issues of municipal codes and land use requirements.