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About the Code Enforcement Division

Our role is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of North Port residents by maintaining community standards.  Code Enforcement Inspectors are proactive and will inform property owners of a violation of any North Port City Code, Unified Land Development Code, or Florida Building Code.  Violations of codes may be presented to the  Code Enforcement Hearing where a Hearing Officer will listen and make a decision on alleged violations.

Code Enforcement Complaint Form

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Register Abandoned Real Estate

Compliance with Chapter 42, Section 74, requires that any party responsible for abandoned real property must register that property with the City. This registration fee is $150.00.

Lien Relief Application

This program aims to encourage property owners to bring properties into compliance with all Code violations. Contact the Lien Specialist for assistance (941) 429-7261.

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To learn more about Code Enforcement's role in Neighborhood Development Services, click on this power point

Code Enforcement 2019 Year End Report


Common Codes

Parking and storage of certain vehicles on residential lots - Executed Ordinance No. 2018-09 has created Chapter 59 - Property Standards in the North Port City Code. This flyer will provide some bullet points regarding the new Code. 

Chickens - Keeping of hens as an accessory to a residential single-family structure is subject to the following restrictions: No more than four (4) hens on an 80' x 120' lot or six (6) hens on two (2) or more lots may be kept, with roosters prohibited. No person shall slaughter any hens. The hens shall be provided a movable covered enclosure and must be kept in the covered enclosure or fenced enclosure at all times. For further regulations and information, to view the Code in its entirety, please see Sec. 53-121(H) of the Unified Land Development Code.

Excessive and impinging growth; hazardous trees -  It shall be unlawful for any owner of any lot to permit impinging growth upon improved City right-of-way, sidewalks and/or streets, or road right-of-way easement except that branches of trees at least eight (8) feet above the surface of a sidewalk or at least fourteen (14) feet above the surface of the portion of the street used for vehicular traffic, whether planted in the right-of-way area or upon private property, may be permitted with authorization by the city and in accordance with any applicable city code. It shall be unlawful for any owner of any lot to permit impinging growth upon an abutting improved or developed lot, provided that: Enforcement of this provision is limited to verified complaints received by the city from an owner of a lot that abuts the rear or side of a lot where there is impinging growth. A hazardous tree on any lot that poses an actual hazard or damage to the public, rights-of-way or utilities as determined by the city or to an adjacent lot upon a complaint by the adjacent lot owner, tenants, lessees, or occupants, are hereby declared to be a public nuisance. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of any lot to remove or cause to be removed any such hazardous tree on their lot, however the city is empowered at the owner's expense to immediately abate a hazardous tree if it is determined by the city to be an emergency hazardous situation. Please view Chapter 42 of the North Port City Code; Nuisances

Accumulation of Debris - It is unlawful for any owner of an occupied, unoccupied, or undeveloped lot to accumulate or permit the accumulation of, including but not limited to, lumber, building materials, tires, parts of vehicles, inoperable vehicles, unusable household items, or any other items or equipment which create a breeding place for any vermin or mosquitoes, emit noxious odors or create a public nuisance or other unsanitary or unsafe conditions or create a fire and/or health hazard or, in general appearance and condition, create a slum appearance which tends to have a decreasing value effect on the neighboring property and premises.

Assigned Numbers - Must be placed on residence visible from the street. Addresses must be in number form at least 3 inches in height, in contrasting color to the background.

P.O.D. units are permitted on residential properties for a period of seven days. If storage is required for a longer period of time, a permit is required and applicable guidelines are enforced.

Grass / Weeds - It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit the excessive growth of sodded or seeded grass areas in excess of 12 inches in height on an improved or developed lot.

Solid Waste Containers - May be placed at the street after 6:00 P.M. the day before scheduled pick-up and must be properly stored by 10:00 P.M. the day of pick-up (bins may not be stored in front of residence).

Abandoned Property - The City has established a process to address the health, safety and welfare issues and economic burdens affecting the City caused by the abandonment of real property located within the City. The mechanism established for this purpose is designed to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through lack of adequate maintenance and security. Chapter 42, Abandoned Property, City Code, requires that properties shall be kept free of weeds, overgrown brush, dead vegetation, trash, junk, debris, building materials, any accumulation of newspapers, circulars, flyers, notices (except those required by federal, state or local law), discarded personal items including, but not limited to, furniture, clothing, appliances, graffiti, or any other items that give the appearance that the property is abandoned. All abandoned real property in the City is declared to be a public nuisance. Failure of a responsible party, as defined in Chapter 42 (City Ordinance 2009-09), to comply with the requirements of this article shall constitute a continuing public nuisance, which may be abated by the City as provided by