The concept of Code Compliance is relatively new. In 1980, the State of Florida passed a law (Chapter 162, Florida Statutes) outlining the Code Compliance process. The idea was to take the enforcement of local ordinances out of the state court system and have violations handled by local Code Compliance Inspectors. This law also allows municipalities to establish the administrative process.
The City’s philosophy is to achieve voluntary compliance with reported and discovered code violations. Education is the key to reaching this goal. One of the greatest obstacles to gaining compliance is that many citizens do not realize that they are violating local ordinances. For instance, it is not at all unusual for a resident to be unaware that parking a vehicle on the city right-of-way without a valid tag, or parking an inoperable vehicle on your private property, violates City code. Most people are willing to play by the rules if they know the rules.
Property maintenance laws are designed to promote neighborhood integrity, prevent property value decline, reduce visual clutter and blight, and preserve quality of life. The purpose of this guide is to educate the citizens of Punta Gorda about the Code Compliance process. It is intended only as a general summary of Code regulations and is not intended as a substitute for the Punta Gorda Code of Ordinances.