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.