• Posted On: July 23, 2020

When a violation is verified, the best practice is to establish a comply by date.  The comply by date is based on agency policies. Some agencies apply the same period for all violations, and for other agencies, it varies depending on the violation.

When setting the comply by date, there are several items to consider:

  • What is the violation type?
  • Are there health and safety risks?
  • Is the location near a public area such as a park or school?
  • What is a realistic timeframe for it to be addressed?

The value of establishing the comply by date includes:

  • The importance to the agency that they establish standards to consistently enforce municipal codes.
  • The code enforcement officer and the violator have a due date for the next action.  The officer can schedule the inspection, and the violator knows when they need to abate.
  • Empowering the agency to allocate resources including officers’ time more effectively to ensure abatements are managed in an effective and efficient manner.

All of these factors come into play when setting the compliance date. If you would like to learn more about the ease of issuing violations with comply by dates, contact us for a free consultation.

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