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Code Enforcement

Code Enforement

Established in 2003, Code Enforcement is an enforcement branch of the Planning & Zoning Department. Code Enforcement was initially tasked with cleaning up our neighborhoods - targeting nuisance properties that had dilapidated and abandoned buildings, junk and unlicensed vehicles, discarded appliances, piles of garbage and waste in yards, tall grass, and weeds.

Today, when complaints are received, officers make inspections to verify the information. If a violation exists on the property, a Letter of Notice is sent to the owner requiring repairs or cleanup within a reasonable amount of time. If the owner complies with the notice, no further action is taken. If the owner fails to comply with the notice, the City follows through with abatement proceedings. Any cost for work completed by the City to bring the property into compliance with the ordinance is the responsibility of the property owner, which may be assessed against the property for failure to pay.

Other areas of enforcement within the Zoning Ordinance include:

  • Building & Zoning Permits
  • Setbacks
  • Signs 
  • Corner Visibility
  • Day Cares
  • Open Storage
  • Fences
  • Health & Safety Issues
  • Home Occupations
  • Swimming Pools
  • Right-of-Way Encroachments
  • Sidewalk Obstructions


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Code Violations

The goal of Code Enforcement for the City of Aberdeen is to ensure the health and safety of our neighborhoods and commercial districts and to promote and encourage a sense of pride with the community.


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