Our Goal – Voluntary Compliance
Our priority is public education in order to achieve voluntary compliance. The most important action a property owner can take is to correct the violation within the timeframe allowed, which saves everyone time and money. If additional time is required to correct a violation, the individual should speak to the Code Enforcement Officer. We are willing to grant reasonable requests whenever possible in order to achieve compliance.
What we do!
It is the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to enforce the Jackson County Code of Ordinances. The Officer is responsible for the investigation of complaints of violations, as well as violations observed while patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county.
General Enforcement Procedures
- A Courtesy Card or a notice of violation(s) is issued giving a reasonable period of time for compliance.
- If the violation is not corrected within the time period granted, it could be designated a public nuisance by the Code Enforcement Officer and formal enforcement actions taken.
- Violators may be issued a citation with fines assessed and may have to appear before the County Court Judge concerning noncompliance of violations.
Most Common Code Violations
Open Storage – Open storage is prohibited. Generally, any equipment, materials,, or furnishings that would ordinarily not be used outdoors may not be stored outdoors. For example, you may not keep indoor furniture, household appliances, or auto parts outside.
Exterior Storage of Non-operating Vehicles Prohibited – A derelict/inoperable vehicle is a vehicle that does not display a current license plate and/or is not equipped with all parts that are required to legally and safely operate on public highways. Derelict/inoperable vehicles must be concealed behind a fence or storage area out of public view.
Junk, Trash, & Debris – Junk, trash, and debris are prohibited from being stored or disposed of on public or private property. This includes, but is not limited to junk, auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, tires, trash such as discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, etc.
Maintenance of Property – It is the responsibility of all property owners to maintain all parts of their property in a safe, sanitary condition and in good working order. Doors, windows, screens, exterior walls, roofs, porches, and other exterior components must be maintained in weather tight, rodent proof, sound, secure condition, and good repair.
Abandoned/Unsafe Homes – Abandoned structures and unsafe homes fall under the County’s Nuisance Ordinance and should be repaired or removed from the property.
Posting of Numbers – It shall be the duty of the owners and occupants of each building located in the unincorporated areas of the county and in such municipalities under county jurisdiction, to post the assigned building number on the property.
Code Enforcement Division
4979 Healthy Way Suite B
Phone: (850) 482-9087
Fax: (850) 482-9846