Common Code Violations

Abandoned or Lost Vehicles on Public or Private Property

No person shall park, store, leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any abandoned property or wrecked or inoperable motor vehicle of any kind, whether attended or not, upon any right of way or    private property within the City.  The presence of such vehicles, or parts thereof, on public right of way    or private property is hereby declared a public nuisance which may be towed, and the owner will be liable for the costs of removal.

Building Permits Required

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any impact- resistance coverings, electrical gas, mechanical or plumbing system shall first obtain a building permit.

Business tax Receipt and A Certificate of Use and Occupancy (Rental License)

Residential Regulation:   No person shall lease a residential unit unless that person has previously obtained from the city a Business Tax receipt and a Certificate of Use and Occupancy for that unit. 

Business Regulation:  It is unlawful for any person to open or operate any business and/or occupy any structure for the privilege of engaging in any business, without first obtaining the required Certificate of Use and a Business Tax Receipt required for each separate operation.

Engineering Permits Required

No construction shall commence on any paved driveway, parking strip, right of way crossing that involve the cutting or removal of pavement, or any other project involving excavation without first obtaining engineering plan approval of the excavation activity, and being issued an engineering permit.

Exterior Structure

The exterior structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and in sanitary conditions. 

All exterior surfaces including but not limited to doors, windows, fences cornices, porches, trim balconies, and decks shall be maintained in good condition.  Exterior wood surfaces   other than decay resistant wood shall be protected from the element and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment.  Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surface repainted.  All metal surfaces subject to corrosion shall protected to avoid future corrosion.

Exterior Building Surfaces

  • Exterior walls shall be maintained in good repair free of damage, deterioration, graffiti, dirt, grime, mold, mildew, stains, peeling, and all other adverse conditions. Repair work on exterior walls shall be painted in a manner as to color coordinate with the rest of the structure.
  • Roof and fascia shall be maintained in good condition.
  • Gutters shall be maintained in good condition and be secured to the building.
  • All awnings and screens enclosures shall be maintained in good condition.
  • All attachments to any structure, such as awnings, shutters, light fixtures, or mailboxes shall be securely attached and not broken, hanging loose, or falling away from the structure.
  • All windows, exterior doors, garage doors, door frames, stairs, porches and or railings shall be structurally sound, securely attached to the structure, kept clean and in good repair.

Exterior Premises and Grounds

Property shall be kept free of trash and debris.

All fences, gates and satellite dishes shall be maintained in good repair.

All driveways, parking areas, and other paved or hard surfaced areas intended for use by vehicular or pedestrian traffic shall be kept in good condition free of weeds and pot holes.


Construction and demolition debris greater than three cubic yards (i.e. broken concrete, fencing, large tree stumps larger that 4- inch in diameter, vegetation piles), require a special pick - up service. Contact the Public Works Department at 561-742-6200.


All landscape and grassed areas shall be maintained in a healthy condition, reasonably free of weeds, pest and diseases. Dead, damaged and or missing portions of grassed areas shall require replacement with viable sod. All grass shall be maintained at a height not to exceed (12) inches.  Lawns shall not encroach onto adjacent roadways, curbs, sidewalks, driveways or walkways. 

House Numbers on the Buildings

All buildings, including all residences are required to have address numbers displayed on the structure of the building (not mailbox).  Numbers must be at least 4-inch in height and contrast from the color of the house to be visible from City Street. Identification of premises is important for emergency responses of the fire and police departments.

Livestock, Poultry, Exotic and Wild Animals are Prohibited

It is prohibited for any livestock, including fowl and poultry to keep on private or public property. 

Maintenance of Plumbing Fixtures

Every water line, plumbing fixture and drain shall be properly installed, connected and maintained, capable of performing its designated function.

Maintenance of Electrical Wiring Devices

Electrical wiring and devices shall be so designated, installed and maintained as not to be a potential fire or electrical hazard. No temporary wiring shall be installed as a permanent method of wiring. Defective wiring and equipment shall be repaired or replaced in accordance with the Florida Building Code.

Maintenance and Operation of Heating Equipment

Every heating, cooking and water heating device shall be maintained and operated as to be free from fire, health and accident hazards.  All such equipment shall be free from leaks and obstructions.

Outside Storage

Appliances, household items, inoperable and unregistered vehicles are not allowed to be stored on your property.

Recreational Vehicles, Boats, or Boat Trailers on Private Property

Parking or storing of recreation vehicles, boats or boat trailers on private property may be permitted under the following conditions:

  • That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer may be parked or stored in a carport.
  • That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer may be parked or stored on a driveway.
  • That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer may be stored in the rear yard, not closer than five (5) feet of the rear lot line or in the side yard not projecting beyond the front roof line.
  •  That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer must be owned or used by a resident of the premises.
  •   That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer must be currently registered and licensed as required by state and federal law.
  •   That no recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer may be parked between the right-of-way and the structure unless on a driveway or other hard surfaced area, such as asphalt, paving stones, or concrete.
  •  That the total number of vehicles (other than passenger vehicles) so parked or stored shall be limited to two (2), not including those kept in a garage. Only one recreation vehicle may be parked or stored between the right-of-way and the structure.
  •  That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer shall be parked or stored entirely on the owner's property in a safe and orderly manner and that vehicles parked or stored on a driveway shall not be a hazard to people entering the driveway or to persons passing on the sidewalk.
  • That the recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer is not in the process of being constructed, reconstructed or undergoing major repairs that have taken more than seven (7) consecutive days to complete.
  • No recreation vehicle, boat or boat trailer shall be parked or stored on any public right-of-way for a period exceeding one hour.
  • It is prohibited to occupy any recreation vehicle while said vehicle is parked or stored on private property unless such use is specifically permitted in the applicable zoning district.