The City of Chamblee's Code Enforcement
The City of Chamblee believes that there is a need to establish minimum standards governing the use, occupancy, condition, and maintenance of property, dwellings, buildings, and structures. If left completely unregulated, the failure to properly maintain property can become a threat to public safety and a detriment to property values and the city's general public welfare, as well as create an aesthetic nuisance.
Property Maintenance Code
In order to accomplish this, the city has adopted the 2012 international Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as well as a comprehensive property maintenance code which is in addition to the zoning ordinance, building codes, health code, and fire codes. Code enforcement and compliance is primarily the responsibility of the Special Operations Section of the police department. These officers are charged with enforcing the various city ordinances related to property maintenance such as junk cars, litter and trash, outdoor storage, parking on grass, illegal signs, and overcrowding. Besides finding the problems themselves, the officers follow up on problems identified and referred by other police officers as well as complaints received from the public.
Dealing With Code Enforcement
While many of the code enforcement issues may seem small, they have a tendency to grow and multiply when not dealt with. When that happens, they become a neighborhood issue and can give the impression that nobody cares about the neighborhood or the condition of the properties. The next thing you know, property values are being affected, criminal activity begins to appear or increase, and the quality of life declines.
Code Enforcement Warning Letter
When problems are identified, the person or persons responsible are issued a Code Enforcement Warning Letter describing the specific violation(s), the corrective action required, and a time limit for completion. In most cases, the responsible parties correct the problems as requested. If for any reason you are unable to come into compliance within the time given, you should contact the Code Enforcement Officer who issued the warning to discuss the violation and request a possible extension.
***Please note: Only one Warning Notice for a particular violation will be issued within a twelve month period. Repeating the same violation within a twelve month period will result in the immediate issuance of a citation to Chamblee Municipal Court. For most violations, the ordinances specify that each day a violation exists constitutes a separate offense. This means that the failure to take corrective action in a timely manner may result in multiple citations to court.