Enforcement of Dublin’s codes is taken very seriously. Enforcement officers regularly travel city streets observing properties for code compliance. Once a potential violation is either brought to the City’s attention, or an enforcement official observes a violation, a procedure is begun that is intended to provide a fair and equitable enforcement process.
When a complaint is received, either by phone, in-person, written or otherwise, the reported violation is investigated before any official action is taken; if no violation is observed no further action is taken. If a complaint is received by phone or email, the Code Enforcement office will forward confirmation of receipt of the complaint. Violations may also be discovered by the City.
The person and/or property owner responsible for the violation is notified by letter, issued a citation, or notified by phone. As a first step, the property owner responsible for a code violation is given an opportunity to correct the situation. Most notification letters give ten days for compliance. More time can be provided when there are unusual circumstances that make compliance more difficult or time consuming. Code Enforcement team members are available to discuss and explain the specifics of any violation, including any extensions of time.
How does the City know when a violation exists? A possible violation can be received either by phone, in person, or in writing (letter or email), or City inspectors may, in the course of their duties, observe a potential violation. Once received, the reported violation is investigated before any official action is taken; if no actual violation is observed no further action is taken.
How am I notified of a violation? The person and/or property owner responsible for the violation is notified by letter, issued a citation, or notified by phone.
What if I have questions about a violation? You may call Code Enforcement at the City of Dublin to discuss and explain the specifics of any violation.
How many days do I have to correct a violation? In most cases once a violation notice is received the property owner has ten days to correct the violation. Code Enforcement may grant additional time if unusual circumstances require.
Are re-inspections done to see if the property has complied? Yes, usually within five business days following the date of expected compliance.
When is legal action taken? If after re-inspection the violation has not been corrected, legal action may be initiated and the complaint processed by the City Prosecutor and Mayor’s Court.
Do I have other options if I cannot or do not wish to comply? If the violation is related to the City’s Zoning Code, you would have the option of appealing the violation to the Board of Zoning Appeals, or requesting a variance from the requirement.
Within five days following the date of expected compliance, Code Enforcement will re-inspect the property. If the violation has not been corrected, legal action may be initiated. Once legal action is initiated, the complaint is processed by the City Prosecutor through the Mayor’s Court.