Code Enforcement Process

Code violations are identified by citizen complaints or through the direct observations of Code Enforcement Officers. The City of Beaufort adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and utilizes its model code regulations.

Upon receipt, or observation, of a code violation a Code Enforcement Officer will conduct an inspection to determine if a violation exists. If a violation is noted, the following process takes place:

  1. Notice of Violation
  2. Compliance
  3. Enforcement
  4. Prosecution

The Code Enforcement Official will provide notice of the violation in writing, generally accomplished through an orange hangtag left on the property, by letter, or both to property owners/tenants. Code Enforcement attempts to alert property owners who reside elsewhere of violations on their property so they are informed as to issues taking place.

  • Notice is provided to educate and inform property owners/tenants about the violation as it pertains to the City of Beaufort Code of Ordinances and the IPMC; it contains a summary of the violation and corrective action that needs to be taken relative to it.
  • Notice also includes a statement regarding a property owner’s right to appeal if they feel a violation does not exist.