OverviewSumter County Code Enforcement serves the unincorporated areas, Center Hill, Coleman, and Webster. Sumter County Code Enforcement serves the City of Wildwood with building without a permit and unsafe structures.
Sumter County Code Enforcement inspects complaints regarding: trash and debris, herbaceous overgrowth, non-permitted residential uses, inoperable vehicles, building without a permit, business operations in residential areas, unsafe structures, and excessive animals in residential areas
Code Enforcement Process
|Step 1||The Code Enforcement Process starts with a code enforcement complaint|
|Step 2||Initial Inspection|
|Step 3||Courtesy Notice of Violation (CNV) Mailed|
| Step 4
||Schedule CNV Inpection||Within 2 weeks of CNV Mailing|
|Step 5||Issue Notice of Violation (NOV)|
|Step 6||Schedule NOV Inspection||Within 2 weeks of NOV Mailing|
|Step 7||Schedule for Special Master Hearing|
|Step 8||Prepare Request for Hearing, Notice of Hearing, Proof of Notice, and Notice Plaque. Mail Notice.||Must be post-marked 30 days prior to hearing|
|Step 9||Schedule Inspections for Posting Hearing Info and Pre-Hearing Photos||10 days prior to the hearing|
|Step 10||Special Master Hearing|
|Step 11||Prepare and mail Special Master's Final Orders and Schedule Hearing Inspection for Compliance|
|Step 12||Hearing Inspection|
|Step 13||Issue Affidavit of Non-Compliance/Compliance|
|Step 14||Schedule Lien Inspection||21 days after Affidavit of Non-Compliance|
|Step 15||Schedule Foreclosure Inspection||Non-homesteaded property, 90 days after lien recorded|
- Can I remain anonymous when filing a complaint?
No, per Florida statute 162.06(b), a name and address must be provided.
- Who is a code complaint filed against?
The property owner is responsible for complying with the codes; therefore, a complaint is filed against the property owner.
- Who do I contact about septic problems?
The Health Department handles septic problems.You can visit their website at http://sumter.floridahealth.gov/
- How can I check on the status of my Code Enforcement complaint?
Contact Administration for a records request at email@example.com.
- How do I file a noise complaint?
Noise complaints are handled by the Sheriff's Office. You can visit their website at https://www.sumtercountysheriff.org/
- What constitutes an inoperable vehicle?
The vehicle is not drivable and does not have a current registration.
- Can I live in an RV?
Only temporarily with a temporary use permit while building a permitted home.
- What happens at a code enforcement hearing?
The case is heard by the Special Master to confirm the case findings. If the enforcement charges are confirmed, the Special master issues an order to resolve the charges within a given timeline or fines will be assessed.
- What is a Special Master?
The Special Master is an attorney that functions as a judge to hear evidence of the charges for a code enforcement case and issues orders.
- What happens if the violation is not resolved?
Fines are levied and if not resolved, a lien is placed on the property. For Non-homestead properties, foreclosure proceedings may follow.