Code Compliance Enforcement
Goal: to help the citizens of Wendell maintain a safe, attractive, and family friendly atmosphere to live, work and enjoy life.
The Town of Wendell wants its neighborhoods and structures to stay in good condition as they age. For most citizens, a home is the largest investment they will ever make. One function of Code Compliance Enforcement is to protect this investment. If the individual property owner is not maintaining their properties in accordance with the Code of Ordinance requirements, Code Compliance Enforcement will enforce the building and zoning codes relevant to each situation.
If the Code Compliance Enforcement Officer determines there is a violation, the property owner will receive a Notice of Violation (NOV). The NOV will include information on how to correct the violation and a time frame in which the violation has to be corrected in order to avoid fines. If the property owner requests additional time to cure the violation(s), staff will review the request and will follow-up with the property owner once this determination is made. If the violation is not corrected, it may be subject to financial penalties in accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance. The most common code violations include vehicles, trash, debris, and tall grass.
Minimum Housing Standards
An important component of the Code Compliance Enforcement is to uphold Minimum Housing Standards as established in Chapter 34 Town Code of Ordinances. When the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) notices a Minimum Housing Violation or receives and confirms a complaint, the CEO works with the property owner to improve the property to at least meet minimum requirements. If these improvements require a building permit, Town Staff will provide the property owner with the necessary process information and applications to submit to the Town for review.
Yard maintenance is the responsibility of every property owner and needs to include the maintenance of overgrown areas on a regular basis. Grass shall be kept trimmed below 8 inches. If properties within Town limits are not maintained and the grass height exceeds 8", a Notice of Violation (NOV) will be issued. The grass will need to be cut by the date specified in the NOV to avoid monetary penalties.
Junk, Trash & Debris
Junk, trash and debris cannot be left in the yard and must be properly disposed of. This includes: junk; auto parts; appliances; furniture; building materials; tires; trash, such as discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, etc; and yard waste, such as tree trimmings and fallen limbs. These violations may be reported to the Code Compliance Enforcement Officer or noticed during their regular patrol. If junk, trash or debris is discovered, a Notice of Violation (NOV) may be issued and the materials would have to be removed in accordance with the Notice of Violation. Any individual that receives a Notice of Violation may appeal the NOV.
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Violations
The Code Compliance Officer and Planning Department are responsible for working with property owners to correct Unified Development Ordinance(UDO) violations. UDO violations may occur in Town limits or in the Town's ETJ and may include, but are not limited to signs, dumpster screenings, setbacks and structure violations. Violations are either noticed by the Code Enforcement Officer during his patrol of the Town or by receiving complaints from the community. The Town's goal is to cure the violation, not violate property owners. If a violation is confirmed, a Notice of Violation will be issued, which provides guidance on how to correct the violation and an adequate time period to fix the problem. If the situation is resolved, no further action will be taken at that time.
Nuisance Motor Vehicles
If a vehicle is deemed to be abandoned, junked, disabled or a nuisance, a Notice of Violation (NOV) may be issued and the vehicle would either have to be removed or repaired in accordance with the Notice of Violation. Any individual that receives a Notice of Violation may appeal the NOV.
Concerned citizens may report suspected code violations to: