Code Enforcement Process

How a Case Begins

Code Enforcement cases can begin in a number of different ways; most commonly a complaint is called into the Department by a citizen. Complaints may remain anonymous or they may leave a name and number so they can be contacted in the future. To call in a complaint, please call 856-488-7855.

General Outline of Case Progression

  • Case progression can vary depending upon the nature of the violation or a number of variables.
  • A complaint is received by the Department.
  • An inspection is performed to verify that a violation exists on the property.
  • The property owner is then notified that a violation(s) exists and is given a reasonable period of time in which to correct the violation(s).
  • A follow-up inspection is performed to verify that the violation(s) has been corrected.
  • If compliance cannot be achieved through normal channels, the case is forwarded before the Construction Board of Appeals.
  • After hearing testimony from the property owner and Code Enforcement, the Board rules on the case and determines whether or not the City has proved a violation(s) exists on the property.
  • If the Board determines that a violation does exist on the property, an order is issued that the property come into compliance within a specified period of time or a fine will commence for each day the property remains in violation.
  • If compliance is not achieved after the time given by the Board has expired, a fine will be assessed as a lien against all properties owned by the individual in violation and the fine will continue until compliance is achieved.
  • Once a fine has continued to accumulate for a period of 90 days, the case is then referred to the County Attorney where the option to foreclose on the subject property is considered.