Code Compliance investigations are the result of public complaints, or referrals from the Board of Supervisors or other agencies regarding conditions on specific properties. We are obligated to act upon those complaints and resolve any violations that may be present.
Every effort is made to enforce Nevada County standards fairly and consistently. If conditions on another property are of concern to you, please report them to the Code Compliance Division, using the complaint form (PDF).
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Before submitting a Code Compliance complaint, have you considered mediation? Sometimes issues can be resolved between neighbors without a Code Officer’s official involvement. The Conflict Resolution Center (CRC), is a non-profit provider of mediation and counseling, working with residents, businesses, and organizations of Nevada County to find common ground. You can access more information by visiting ResolveConflicts.org.
The County does not enforce easement disputes. These are personal legal matters and are resolved civilly. You may wish to contact the Nevada County Law Library or an attorney for legal advice.
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You can see how to request a review by visiting the administration citation review page.
Learn about the hearing process and request a hearing on the administrative hearing page.
All complaints must be verified before any action is taken on our part, therefore a Code Officer will visit your property to confirm the validity of the complaint. If the complaint is valid, the Officer will explain to you all violations that currently exist on your property and the actions necessary to correct them.
You will also be a given a time frame to correct the violations. The goal of Code Compliance is to achieve voluntary compliance whenever possible. If however, you choose not to work with the County to correct the outstanding issues, you can be cited and ordered to appear in Nevada County Superior Court.
The typical steps of the code compliance process include:
The following organizations may be helpful in non-code compliance complaint situations:
The length of time given to each property owner varies based on each case and the violations present. Our goal is voluntary compliance whenever possible and we will work with you to achieve this goal.