Code Enforcement

General Enforcement Process

 

COMPLAINT & RESOLUTION

Filing a Complaint:

Gem County residents may file a complaint with the Code Enforcement Officer either verbally, in writing or On-Line. Filing On-Line is our recommended action. The complaint must identify the property owner, location of the property and suspected ordinance violation.

Click Here to file a complaint On-Line (Recommended).

Click Here to download a complaint form.

Investigation:

The Code Enforcement Officer will proceed with a routine investigation within 10 business days from receipt of the complaint. He will verify the alleged violation and research information regarding the case. If no violations are found, the complainant is notified and no further action is taken.

Violation Identified:

If a violation is confirmed, the property owner will be notified in person, or by written notice, describing the violation and options available to abate the problem. They will be given a specific time-frame in which to complete the violation.

Failure to Respond:

The property owner, and/or tenant, will be given a specific time-frame in which to either correct the violation or start the abatement process. If the property owner, and/or tenant, fails to do so within the allotted time-frame, they may be issued a criminal misdemeanor citation or be prosecuted through other legal actions.

CODE ENFORCEMENT Q & A’S

What is a Criminal Misdemeanor Citation?

A Criminal Misdemeanor Citation is a uniform citation that is personally served upon the owner, and/or tenant, by the Code Enforcement Officer. Once the citation is issued, the case is immediately turned over to the County Prosecutor’s Office.

As a complainant, am I allowed to receive updates on the violation and clean-up process?

Yes. If you filed the complaint On-Line you may check the status of your complaint anytime. Simply access the account you created. You may contact the Code Enforcement Officer during business hours for an update on the complaint or violation.

How long will the abatement process last?

It depends on the violation and/or the size of the clean-up. Gem County tries to work with its citizens if they are truly making an effort to correct the violation. It can take as little as a couple of weeks or as long as several months. The Code Enforcement Officer will closely monitor the abatement process to ensure the violation is brought into compliance in the allotted time given.

What defines a public nuisance?

The complete description for public nuisance can be found in the Gem County Ordinances (Title 4) at the link below.

WHAT CODES ARE ENFORCED BY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES?

The Gem County Development Services Department is responsible for enforcement of five (5) different sections of Gem County Code (GCC):

1. GCC Title 4-5: Public Nuisance

2. GCC Title 9: Building Regulations

3. GCC Title 11: Zoning Regulations

4. GCC Title 12: Subdivision Regulations

5. GCC Title 13: Flood Control

All of these Codes may be read by clicking on the following link: Gem County Code