Code Enforcement


Dunnellon Community Development Department has a division called Code Enforcement, which enforces laws that prohibit the existence of conditions deemed to be a hazard to public health, safety, and welfare.

This information is designed to answer some of the most frequent questions that citizens ask about City codes and the process for correcting violations.

Ordinances include weed and grass control, trash and rubbish accumulation, disposal methods, dismantled or inoperable vehicles, non-permitted structures and buildings, commercial vehicle parking, businesses in residences, right-of-way obstructions, and setback violations, nuisance structures, property maintenance issues.


When a citizen reports a violation to the Code Enforcement division, a staff member takes the name of the caller, location, and nature of the violation. The officer assigned to the area in which the violation is reported conducts an inspection of the property. If it is determined that a violation exists, the officer issues the violator a Notice of Violation. The Notice of Violation gives the individual a specified number of days, up to 30 days, to correct the problem. When that time has passed, the property is re-inspected. If the violation has not been corrected, a Notice to Appear at a hearing in front of the Special Magistrate is issued. The City also has the authority to have the violation corrected when it involves removal of debris or lot mowing.

If it becomes necessary for the City to bring the property into compliance, the cost of the work, including administrative costs, will be imposed as a claim against the property. If the bill remains unpaid for thirty (30) days after billing, a lien will be imposed on the property.