We are tasked with enforcing a number of County codes and ordinances

Our enforcement responsibilities are limited to the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County, and are subject to prosecution through the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board.

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Animal ordinances

Hillsborough County has many laws in place to protect not only its residents but its pets also. Animal Control officers investigate complaints about domestic animals except livestock throughout the county, including the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City.

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Building address requirements

Ordinance 87-6 (amended by 89-5) says that buildings must have an address number posted on the front facade of the building, or on a separate structure such as a mailbox, post or other visible structure. The numerals must contrast in color to structure they are posted on and must be durable weather resistant  and permanently affixed.

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Dangerous structures

We have the authority to condemn and demolish dangerous buildings. In order to protect public safety we eliminate dangerous structures that are detrimental to neighborhood values, attractive nuisances for children, create fire hazards, and invite a criminal element into the community

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Land Development Code (LDC)

This code is a collection of Ordinances which defines Hillsborough County’s zoning designations and land uses. The LDC includes zoning, site development, and subdivision regulations. The intent of the LDC is to promote and preserve public health, safety, and welfare.

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Property maintenance code

Ordinance 09-63 provides for regulations requiring the maintenance of all structures and properties within the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. The intent of this ordinance is to secure the public health, safety, and welfare.

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Property preservation ordinance

Ordinance 12-7 allows us to abate serious nuisance conditions which threaten life, health or safety on vacant properties. 

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Property registration

Ordinance 09-59 requires that all mortgagees, including lenders, trustees, and service companies, register their properties in the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County undergoing, or beginning the process of foreclosure. It also regulates the maintenance of properties that have been foreclosed upon or are the subject of foreclosure actions or proceedings, to prevent blighted and unsecured residences.

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Security alarm ordinance

Ordinance 04-16 provides for penalties for false alarms reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.

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Water conservation ordinance

We comply with water restrictions set by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Restrictions are for a variety of outdoor water uses, including lawn irrigation, pressure washing, car washing, decorative fountains, and others, and are in effect year-round.

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Zoning ordinances

The Land Development Code provides for the organized development and the continued maintenance of existing land uses. Code Enforcement is the main department responsible for the enforcement of the requirements contained within this Code. The Land Development Code is administered by Hillsborough County’s Development Services Department.

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Regulated business activities

The Regulatory Compliance Office is responsible for the registration, licensing, and oversight of certain regulated business activities in accordance with Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws. In addition, the office enforces numerous other County orders, codes, and ordinances. Many ordinances are effective and enforced throughout Hillsborough County (including the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City).

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