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After we receive a complaint, we send an inspector to the property to see whether there is a violation. If we do not find a violation, the inspector closes the case with no further action.
If we do find a violation, the inspector will tell the property owner and/or the person causing the violation by issuing a warning, citation, or notice of violation. We will also give you other information that tells you about the violation and how to fix it, and whether you have to make repairs, stop an activity, or get a permit.
For very serious violations, we may issue a "Stop Work" or "Emergency Order."
Depending on the type of notice, you may be given a certain amount of time to fix the problem before being subject to penalties, or penalties may begin immediately. Compliance dates can range from the next day to up to two months.
We will conduct a second inspection on or after the date given in the warning or notice. If you have fixed the problem by the time the inspector re-inspects, we will close the case. If you cannot fix the problem in time, you may be able to request an extension. If you do not fix the problem in a reasonable amount of time, the case may be referred to the City’s Law Department. We will continue to conduct inspections and fines will continue to accumulate until the matter is resolved.
Note: Life-threatening emergencies and/or after-hours noise complaints should be reported to 9-1-1.
We treat emergency conditions differently. The compliance timeframe is very short, usually a few days. If your violation is not corrected, we may close your building and require all occupants to leave, and charge you fines. If you violate a “stop work” order, you may face criminal charges.
We may also treat certain construction violations as emergencies, such as those that create a danger to public health and safety. In those cases, we may issue a stop work order, or a hazard correction order for the most serious violations. We may also issue a stop work order for working without a permit.
Citations are like parking tickets: they state a violation and assess a fine right away. Your options are to:
Notices of Violation (NOVs) provide a specified amount of time, usually 30 to 60 days, to correct a code violation. You can request a review of the NOV if you disagree with the notice. If the violation is not fixed in time, your fines will accumulate.
We will inspect your property twice, for no charge, on a housing or land use complaint. We will charge you for all subsequent inspections until you fix the violation. These charges are billed to the property owner and are in addition to any fines or penalties. We may refer unpaid fines to the City's collection department.
(For more detailed information on our complaint process, visit our Make a Property or Building Complaint page.)
To obtain the status of your complaint, you will need either the address of the property or the case number. You may track our investigation process by: