The City of Belle Glade is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and providing responsive services for our community. With this goal in mind, the Code Enforcement Division was developed to address concerns about unsafe, unhealthy or unsightly conditions in homes, neighborhoods and the entire community.
Code Enforcement Officers work in close association with PBSO, Planning, Building and Public Works Departments and other local agencies to maintain high community standards and address violations of the Belle Glade Municipal, Zoning and Housing Ordinances. Through enforcement of these ordinances and with community awareness and involvement, Belle Glade will continue to be a place everyone feels proud to call home.
Code Enforcement Officers will assist you in any way possible. However some issues may require referral to a different departments or agencies for resolution.
Belle Glade Code Enforcement's mission is to maintain the highest quality of life possible for our citizens by ensuring healthy and safe neighborhoods. That happens through enforcement of the Municipal Code, and specifically addressing issues that have been identified as a public nuisance. While the department relies on education, there are fines, fees and legal action available to ensure compliance with this important set of laws.
For the most part, code enforcement officers respond to complaints received from the public. When a case is opened, letters are sent to those in violation, detailing the violation, outlining a solution, and giving them time to bring the violation into compliance or get in touch with the department for assistance. At that point, those in violation are given additional information and more time to make any necessary corrections or to formally appeal the department’s application of the code section.
The vast majority of code enforcement complaints are resolved at this stage in the process. For those that are not, the City has established a fee schedule that code enforcement uses to recover its cost to investigate the case and abate the violation. The top occurrence for the levying of fines and fees happens when the property owner or business owner simply doesn't address the issue. The second most common reason is that the City doesn't have an updated mailing address on a business license or property record. So make sure your mailing address is up-to-date on your business license and property title record.
Code Enforcement addresses housing issues where the safety of residents, neighbors or the general public may be affected by substandard or unsanitary conditions on a property. This may be more common in rental properties, where the property is not monitored adequately. Some of the violations this program addresses are:
- Lack of required utilities such as gas, electricity or water
- Surfacing sewage/plumbing leaks
- Unsafe electrical wiring, inadequate heating
- Roof leaks and other structural problems
- Interior infestations of rodents, cockroaches, or other disease carrying pests
- Garage conversions into living quarters
After receiving a report of a problem, the property owner is contacted to advise them of the situation and necessary corrections. An inspection is scheduled to ensure compliance and fees may be assessed if the problem is not corrected.
Like any city, Belle Glade has ordinances to keep our city residents safe and to enhance the quality of life and providing excellent services for our community. The nuisance code is a method to prevent, discourage and/or abate certain conditions which endanger the life, health, property, safety, or welfare of the general public and to provide staff with enforcement regulations. Typical common nuisances include:
- Accumulation of junk and rubbish
- Overgrown trees, shrubs, and weeds
- Vehicle maintenance in a residential area
- Garbage cans in the public right of way
If you're aware of an unhealthy or unsafe condition, please report it by calling Belle Glade Code Enforcement at 996-0100, or making a complaint using the link below.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:36)