Code Enforcement, a division of Housing and Neighborhood Services, works to improve the appearance of communities and maintain standards of living. By ensuring safe, healthy places to live, work and play, it helps reduce the risk of declining property values and failing community pride.
The people who work in Code Enforcement are highly trained and dedicated professionals. They approach issues in a responsive and proactive manner to ensure basic living and working standards are enforced in every community. The Code Enforcement Division investigates more than 50,000 properties per year.
The City of Charlotte recently updated its city code ordinances. These changes are effective January 1, 2018 and include changes in fines as well as new definitions for repeat and chronic offenders. The changes that will have the most impact are:
- An increase in fines from $50 to $150 for most violations which may include, but not be limited to, curbside violations, neglect of premises, obstructions of rights-of-way and overgrown vegetation
- A property owner who has had four or more violations of any type on any property that they may own in the previous calendar year is now defined as a chronic offender
- A property owner who has had four or more repeated violations in the previous calendar year is now defined as a repeat offender
- An increase in fines for chronic and repeat offenders to $250 for the fourth offense and $500 for the fifth and each subsequent offense