How Did The City Catch Your Code Violation?
The most common question we get our clients is “how did the city know?” And the answer always varies. Code Compliance can rely on a number of methods find code violations in homes and businesses. Their most common source is a disgruntled neighbor or as typically noted on their forms- “Anonymous Call”. It can also be more random as Code Compliance Officers drive around their routes and eventually spot obvious violations. Aerial images are another favorite tool of some municipalities as they compare current images to archived ones to see changes existing buildings and sites.
Once the Code Compliance Officer is on your property for one particular violation he is obligated to issue you a citation for every other violation that is in plain sight… This includes anything visible over your neighbor’s fence. This is what causes the domino effect in which entire city blocks wind up with a Notice Of Violation (NOV).