What is the code compliance process?

The typical steps of the code compliance process include:

    1. A report of an alleged violation is filed with Code Compliance.
    2. A site inspection of the property will occur to determine if a violation exists.
    3. If a violation exists, a “Violation Warning Letter” is generally sent out to the Property Owner.
    4. The Violation Warning Letter will provide a timeframe to cure or fix the violation. That timeframe depends upon the nature of the violation, but generally will allow up to 30 days for compliance. *
    5. If compliance is not achieved, a “Citation Warning Letter,” is generally sent out, allowing for a second chance at compliance before further enforcement actions are taken. 
    6. If none of these enforcement actions yield compliance, a citation may be issued.  
    7. Citations depend upon the nature of the violation. At the lower level, citations start at $100 per violation for the first citation, rise to $200 per violation for the second, then $500 for the third and subsequent citations. Higher level citations for Buildings-related, or safety violations start at $130 per violation, for the first citation, $700 per violation for the second, and $1300 for third and subsequent citations. 
    8. Collection of payment for these citations are handled by the Code Compliance division, or a Collections Agency. If the citations are not paid, they may be added to the tax roll as a special assessment.
    9. Finally, if compliance is not achieved through the citation process, the County may initiate Abatement Proceedings, and/or record a “Notice of Violation” or “Notice of Pendency” on the property.  

      * If the Violation identified poses an immediate life, health or safety risk, for example, leaking septic, fire/electrical danger, or risk of structural collapse, among others, the timeframes and citations for noncompliance may be accelerated seeking more immediate action.
       
      Please remember - the goal of the Nevada County Code Compliance Division is to achieve voluntary compliance on the part of the property owner/tenant, and we will work with you while you form a reasonable and responsible plan for achieving compliance.

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