Code Enforcement Board

The City established the Code Enforcement Board in 2001. The Board is comprised of five (5) members, all of whom are Mary Esther residents from different walks of life. The purpose of the Board is to hear cases of municipal code and ordinance violations that are non-compliant and to hear violation appeals. After the Board has heard the case, it will issue an order finding that there is no violation or finding that a violation has occurred and ordering a fine, an administrative fee for costs of prosecution, or other steps necessary to bring the violation into compliance. The maximum daily fine for non-compliance is $250.00 for a first violation and $500.00 per day for a repeat violation. An order of the Board recorded with the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts becomes a lien on any real property owned by the respondent. Such lien may be foreclosed on by the City after 3 months of filing such order if the violation remains non-compliant and the order has not been fulfilled.

In 2012, the Code Enforcement Division filed 326 cases of ordinance and code violations.

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