How to Be Code Compliant
NoMi Code Compliance Homeowner's Guide
Code Compliance is a relatively new concept. It emerged in 1980, when the State of Florida passed a law (Chapter 162, Florida Statutes) that both introduced and outlined the Code Compliance process. The intent was to give an enhanced quality of life for residents and to transition enforcement of local ordinances to local governments. This process would be facilitated through “Certified Code Compliance Officers.” This same law also allows for the establishment of individual administrative processes by municipalities, such as the City of North Miami.
The City’s objective is to achieve voluntary compliance, by pro-actively working to enlighten residents who may inadvertently violate City ordinances, due to a lack of knowledge. For instance, many residents are unaware that it is prohibited to park vehicles on the lawn of a private property, or that parking inoperable or wrecked vehicles on private or public property violates our City’s code.
Property maintenance laws are designed to promote neighborhood integrity, increase property values, eliminate blight and preserve the quality of life. The purpose of the NoMi Code Compliance Homeowner’s Guide is to educate North Miami residents of our City’s Code Compliance process. It is intended only as a reference regarding North Miami’s most “common” Code violations.
All ordinances are not covered in this document; therefore, it is not a substitute for the North Miami Code of Ordinances.
Access the complete list of the North Miami Codes and Ordinances online
North Miami’s neighborhoods and structures require proper maintenance to stay in good condition as they age. Maintaining good neighborhoods requires the cooperation of individual property owners and tenants. The North Miami City Council has adopted a Code of Ordinances, which establishes minimum standards for the betterment of our community. These standards protect property owners and tenants from substandard or hazardous living conditions.
Property MaintenanceRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 5, Building Standards and Regulations
Yard MaintenanceRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 12, Nuisances
ParkingRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 29 Land Development Regulations
Outdoor StorageRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 10, Junked, Wrecked, Stolen, Abandoned Property
Permits and Administrative VariancesRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 5, Building Standards and Regulations; Ch. 29 Land Development Regulations parking of boats and RVS; Information about admin variance process:
Certificate of Use and Business Tax ReceiptsRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch.11, Licenses and Business Regulations.
Residential Trash Collection and SanitationRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 9, Garbage and Trash
Short Term/Vacation RentalsRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 5 Building Standards and Regulations; Ch. 29 Land Development Regulations
Minimum Housing StandardsRefer to the Code of Ordinances, Ch. 5 Building Standards and Regulations
Neighborhood Services Officers pro-actively inspect the area for violations of City codes. Residents may also report potential violations, which then take priority. A Neighborhood Services Officer will investigate the complaint and take the appropriate compliance-related action.
Neighborhood Services Officers must determine whether a code violation exists. Public health and safety related complaints are our highest priority. If a violation exists, the resident may receive a Notice of Violation, requiring the issue be fixed by a specified date. Failure to comply with the notice could result in fines and liens against the property. A Civil Violation ticket of up to $1,000 may also be issued depending upon the nature of the violation.
Persons who desire to be notified of action taken on their complaint must include a phone number or email address in all correspondence. The complainant may also opt to remain anonymous. Please note that all communications sent and received via email or other means regarding City business become public record. In some cases, a legal obligation to release these records may emerge.
If you are in receipt of a Notice of Violation from the Neighborhood Services Department, carefully read the notice to understand how to correct the violation. If you have questions about the violation or need additional time to correct the issue, please call the City of North Miami’s Neighborhood Services Department at 305-895-9832.