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Code Violation

Local regulations and code enforcement help preserve the quality of life, property values, and peaceful enjoyment of home and property throughout our neighborhoods. There are many different types of violations reported by this application. Code violations are zoning, building or property offenses against the community. Please read the following text thoroughly before calling for additional assistance.


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Shows the total number of violations in the map area.

Summary Results
For each type of violation, the total number (No.) of incidents is reported. Click on the Code Violation type name to generate a detail report.

Glossary of Code Violation types:

Code Violation Definition
Abandoned Property Wrecked or derelict property having no value other than nominal salvage value left abandoned or unprotected from the elements. This includes motor vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, etc.) trailers, boats, machinery, washing machines, refrigerators, furniture etc. Non-functioning vehicles cannot be stored on private property or the public right-of-way.
Animals Tenants and homeowners that reside in a residential zoning district cannot raise or breed chickens, livestock or maintain beehives.Miami-Dade County does not allow more than four (4) adult dogs per household in a residential area. Dogs are not allowed to stray, run, or to be at large on public property or on other's private property.
Boat storage

Boats of less than 30 feet in length are permitted to be stored on a residential property. However, these guidelines must be followed:
They should be stored behind the front building line, behind the side street. The building line is the portion furthest from the street.

Only one boat is permitted on the property at one time.

The boat and place of storage must be kept clean and neat.

Major repairs are not permitted on the property.

The boat may not be used as living quarters and must be on a trailer for transportation.

Debris on Property Junk and trash on private property.
Fence, hedge, tower, MAST Failure to erect a proper swimming pool fence or barrier results in a $500 citation.
Graffiti

Controlling graffiti is necessary since it has been proven to:

Cause a decline in property values.

Attract criminals into the neighboring areas.

Discourage businesses from relocating into areas.

Cause residents to hesitate about moving into areas.

Costs to the County, residents, and businesses are extremely high.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their residential property or common area graffiti free, including walls and fences that are visible from the public right-of-way, mailboxes, etc.

Property owners must remove graffiti from commercial buildings, vehicles, trash dumpsters, and other commercial property.

Miami-Dade County has the authority to paint over graffiti that is on a wall or fence that abuts the right-of-way without prior notice to the property owner.

Lot Maintenance Homeowners must maintain their yards clear of debris and mow their lawns on a regular basis.
Minimum Housing Maintenance Rental and private homes must be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.
Multi Family Use

The illegal sub-division of residences into separate living units, such as apartments or efficiencies, with more than one cooking area. Illegal multi-family use affects property values and puts a strain on County services. Evidence gathered by inspection the exterior of a house may consist of the following:

Two or more electrical, water, gas or other types of utility meters.

Two or more mailboxes.

More than one cooking area in the primary structure.

All living areas are not interconnected.

Multiple paved parking spaces.

An unauthorized detached building with air conditioning.

More than one house address or unit number posted on the premises.

An exterior door installed without a building permit.

Always contact the Miami-Dade County Building Department prior to initiating any construction or repairs in your residence. Additionally, prior to purchasing a home, you may want to check for building permits and zoning information. This service is available at any Team Metro office.

Pool

It is the responsibility of all residents with a swimming pool at their home to maintain the safety barriers in an operable and safe condition. The barriers are erected for your safety and that of your neighbors.

Prior to building a swimming pool, a permit must be secured for the pool and safety barrier. A final inspection will not be given unless the barrier has been erected in accordance with Miami-Dade County's Building Department.

Recreational Storage

Only one recreational vehicle or camper is permitted on the property at any time.

The vehicle or camper must be located behind the principal building and at least ten (10) feet from the rear property line.

The vehicle must have a valid registration and tag at all times.

Vehicle may not exceed thirty (30) feet in length and ten (10) feet in height.

Major vehicle repairs are not permitted on the property.

Recreational vehicle or camper may not be used as living quarters.

Right of Way Non-functioning vehicles cannot be stored on private property or the public right-of-way. It is the responsibility of the property owner, as well as vehicle owners, to maintain vehicles in an operational manner including a valid tag. Property owners cannot deposit, store, keep or maintain abandoned property.
Sign

Illegal signs are a growing problem throughout our community. They contribute to ''visual pollution.''

A sign is illegal when:

It is placed in the public right-of-way (medians and swales), on utility poles, traffic control boxes, and traffic signs.

It endangers the public's safety.

It creates a distraction that may jeopardize pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

It misleads, confuses, or obstructs people seeking to locate or identify premises.

It destroys or impairs the visual quality of Miami-Dade County.

It is erected without a permit.

Signs Permitted:

Grand opening signs do not require a permit.

Banners may be displayed no more than thirty (30) days prior to a special event or grand opening. It must be removed within seven (7) days after the event or grand opening.

Balloon signs are allowed as long as a permit is obtained and all the sign requirements are met.

Temporary signs that do not exceed six (6) square feet in area that are not electrically illuminated will not require a sign permit, but must comply with applicable technical codes.

Traffic signs, provisional warnings and signs indicating danger do not require a permit.

Letters on an awning, canopy, roller curtain, or umbrella sign cannot be bigger than eight-inches in height, and cannot exceed a total coverage of twenty-four (24) square feet. They are limited to the identification of the occupant and/or use of the property. No sign permit is required for the awning, canopy, roller curtain or umbrella sign, but it must comply with applicable technical codes.

Signs required by State law or County ordinance for parking spaces reserved for the disabled or handicapped persons do not require a sign permit.

Signs not exceeding one and one-half (11/2) square feet in area that only have the street number, post box number, or name of occupant of premises do not require a permit.

A permit is not needed for flags and governmental emblems, except when displayed in connection with commercial promotions.

Legal notices, identification, information, or directional signs erected by or on behalf of governmental bodies do not require a permit.

A permit is not necessary for signs inside buildings or structures that are not visible from public or private streets such as commercial buildings, stadiums, malls, etc. However, it must be installed in a safe manner and an electrical permit is required if it lights up.

It is not required to get a permit for temporary holiday decorations that do not have an advertisement. The decoration cannot be up for more than sixty (60) days for a single holiday and must be removed within seven (7) days after the holiday ends.

"Danger," "No Parking," Post No Bills," "Bad Dog," and similar warning signs do not need a permit as long as they do not exceed an area of one and one-half (11/2) square feet.

A permit is not needed for signs required by law.

Signs on bus passenger benches and shelters do not require a permit as long as they comply with applicable technical codes.

Portable signs

Portable signs are prohibited, including those that are tied down or temporarily anchored to an existing structure.

Portable signs which are placed on the public right-of-way are also prohibited.

Signs on public property

It is unlawful for any person to erect any sign in a right-of-way (swale or median) located in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

Signs cannot also be placed on utility poles, traffic control boxes, traffic signs or columns beneath underpasses.

The most common illegal signs placed in the right-of-way are garage or real estate signs.

Illegally placed signs on the right-of-way create visual obstructions for motorists.

Structure Maintenance All residents are required to maintain all windows and doors in good condition, maintain plumbing in good condition and septic tank capped, and keep all accessory structures in sound structural operating condition.
Unauthorized Use Business activities are not permitted in a residential area. A business telephone is legal provided that no truck, heavy equipment, or similar vehicle is kept on the property and no storage or any other business activity is conducted on the property, including the reception of clients, supplies or employees.

Code Violation Detail
Clicking on the Code Violation Type will generate a Detail Report.

Field Definition
Case Folio Property identification number.
Case Address Street address of property where violation occurred.
Case Number A 12-digit number. The first 4 digits are the year the case was opened.
Case Date Date Case was reported.
Case Status Open means the violation has not yet been reported as corrected.
Case Type (Refer to list of Code Violations)
Last Activity The latest reported action taken on this case.

Click on the printer icon under the table to print this report.

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How Miami-Dade enforces these codes:

Abandoned Vehicles
Articles or Vehicles located on public right of way

A notice is posted on an article or vehicle located on the public right-of-way advising that it must be removed within ten (10) days.
If the vehicle is not removed it is considered to be abandoned. If the property owner can be identified, a $500 citation will be issued.
The article or vehicle will be removed by an authorized County contractor.

Articles or Vehicles located on private property
(considered junk)

If the vehicle is deemed to be junk or there is an excessive amount of junk on private property, an immediate $250 citation is issued to the property owner if he or she is a first-time violator. The property owner is given fourteen (14) days to correct the violation.
If the property owner is a repeat violator, an immediate $500 citation is issued and he or she is given seven (7) days to correct the violation. A repeat violator is someone who has been found guilty of this same violation within five (5) years.
The property owner has seven (7) days from receipt of the ticket to appeal it or thirty (30) days to pay it.
If the junk vehicle(s) or article(s) are not removed from the private property within the specified time period, a County contractor will remove them at the owner's expense.
If the ticket is not appealed or paid within the above time frames, penalties up to 20 times the amount of the ticket can accrue and a lien may be placed on the property.

Article or Vehicles on private property

Depending on the severity of the condition, a 30 day warning notice or an immediate $250 ticket is issued to the property owner.
If a warning notice is issued and the article(s) or vehicle(s) are not removed, a $500 citation is issued to the property owner.

Building Maintenance

A violation should be brought into full compliance within 180 days of notification.
Failure to comply will be punishable by a fine that may range from $50 to $500.
The property owner has seven (7) days from receipt of the ticket to appeal it or thirty (30) days to pay it.
Failure to comply may also result in a maximum of 60 days of imprisonment.
Additional fines, penalties, and administrative costs may also be incurred


Commercial vehicles not allowed

A one-time 24-hour courtesy warning notice requiring removal of the vehicle is issued to the property owner or tenant.
First-time violators who do not remove their commercial vehicles within the specified time are issued $500 tickets.
If the property owner is issued a civil citation and the violation is not corrected, Team Metro may place a lien on the property.
A repeat violator will be issued a ticket ranging from $750 to $1000.
Upon a repeat violation, in addition to civil penalties, the commercial vehicle may be impounded until all outstanding violations and enforcement costs are satisfied. After 35 days of storage, the commercial vehicle may be disposed of pursuant to the provisions contained in 713.585, Florida Statues.

Grafitti

How to report graffiti vandalism in progress
Call (305) 476-5423 and provide the operator with the
requested information. Under no circumstance should you
apprehend the individual(s) committing the crime.

How to report graffiti in your neighborhood
Team Metro
24-Hour Graffiti Hotline
Phone: (305) 375-3461
Fax: (305) 372-6386 or
Contact your neighborhood Team Metro Office

Fines and enforcement

If graffiti is found on residential property, a fourteen (14) day warning notice is posted on the property.
If the violation on a residential property has not been corrected within the fourteen (14) day warning period, a $50 citation is then issued to the property owner.
The property owner has the right to appeal the citation within seven (7) days of receipt of the citation.
Should the property owner fail to request an appeal within seven (7) days or pay the civil citation within thirty (30) days, the fine will increase daily up to a maximum of $1000.
Property owners may also be subject to a lien on their property if they do not comply with the law.
The County will enter onto private property and paint out graffiti if the property owner does not comply. The property owner will be charged for the cost of the graffiti removal.

For more information on fines and enforcement on commercial property, call the graffiti hotline, (305) 375-3461.


Maintenance of Lots
In an effort to maintain and improve the quality and look of our community, Team Metro Neighborhood Compliance Officers (NCOs) are each assigned an area to ensure compliance with County rules and regulations. Here's how it works:

A $250 citation, which is payable within 30 days, is issued to the property owner upon the discovery of a violation on the property if he or she is a firsttime violator.
The property owner has the right to appeal the citation within seven (7) days of receipt of the ticket.
The violation must be corrected within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the civil violation notice. If it is not corrected within this time period, the county contractor will clear the site and a lien will be placed on the property if the costs are not paid.
A repeat violator shall be given a ticket ranging from $500 to $1000 and seven (7) calendar days from the posting of the citation to correct the violation.
Property owners may also be subject to a lien on their property if they do not comply with the law.
If the violation is not corrected or the ticket paid, the fine will accrue penalties up to a maximum of 20 times the amount of the ticket and a lien may be placed on the property.

Minimum Housing Standards

Notice of violation and criminal prosecution.
Issuance of fines and tickets.
Civil suits for enforcement costs and penalties.
Criminal prosecution.


Multi-Family Use

In an effort to maintain and improve the quality and look of your community, Team Metro Neighborhood Compliance Officers regularly patrol your area to ensure compliance with county rules and regulations. Failure to comply with these provisions may result in a $500 fine.
If cited, schedule an inspection for the interior of your house with the neighborhood compliance officer that issued the civil citation notice. Also, you may submit a current floor plan prepared by an engineer or architect, surveying the residence and accessory structures and showing all rooms are interconnected as a single family residence. Additionally, you may appeal the issuance of the civil citation to the Clerk of Courts, Code Enforcement.

Pools

A 72-hour warning notice is issued.
Failure to erect a proper swimming pool fence or barrier results in a $500 citation.
Penalties accrue and a lien may be placed on the property if the citation is not paid.

Signs

The sign is immediately removed, destroyed and an immediate ticket is issued to the erector or benefactor of the sign.
Illegal signs in the right-of-way constructed of material known as paper, cardboard or any other material know as paper: $100 fine
Illegal signs in the right-of-way affixed with adhesive or glue, or secured with bricks, rocks, concrete blocks, metal rods or any other similar securing device that hinders the removal of the illegal sign: $250 fine
Illegal signs in the right-of-way constructed and/or framed in wood, metal or any other non-paper or non-plastic material up to 22 X 28 inches in total size: $200 fine
Illegal signs in the right-of-way constructed and/or framed in wood, metal or any other non-paper or non-plastic material over 22 X 28 inches in total size: $500 fine
Illegal signs in the right-of-way constructed of plastic or other similar plastic-like material: $200 fine
Illegal banners, pennants, or streamers in the right-of-way: $500 fine
Illegal signs in the right-of-way that penetrate or injure a tree: $500 fine

Storage

A 15 day warning notice is issued.
A $100 citation is issued, after the allotted 15 days, for boats improperly stored.
A $200 citation is issued, after the allotted 15 days, for improperly stored recreational vehicles and trailers.
Penalties accrue and a lien may be placed on the property if the citation is not paid.

Use

An immediate $500 citation is issued.
If the citation is not paid, penalties accrue and a lien may be placed on the property.

For further information or to report an offense and file a complaint, call the Team Metro Answer Center at (305) 468-5900.

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1. Make a selection from the Show Me dropdown box on the left of this screen.
2. From the Search By dropdown box select Address, Intersection or Landmark to locate an area or property.
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3. Use a tool to zoom, pan, print or get more detailed information.
4. From the Show Me dropdown box select a different My Neighborhood application.

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How to Search My Neighborhood?

1. Select one of the My Neighborhood applicatons from the the Show Me drop-down list.

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After you have selected an Application from the Show Me list, select type of search you would like to perform, by selecting one of the items in the Search by drop-down list. Search by allows you to locate a specific area or property.

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Address

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If you know the specific address, you can enter the Street Number, Direction, Street Name, and Street Type. The Zip Code is optional, but will help locate addresses if they could be located in more than one city.

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You can enter the Direction, Street Name and Street Type for two streets that intersect. The center point of the map will be the intersection you select.

Landmark

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Select a landmark from the provided list.

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Please note, the Active Tool, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom Out to Full Extent, Identify, Pan and Legend are active only when a user is using one of the My Neighborhood applications.

 
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