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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Code Enforcement

Code enforcement has a responsibility to enforce City ordinances that:

  • provide a safe community and vibrant neighborhoods; and,
  • promote a healthy and safe environment for citizens and visitors

In addition, we are responsible for increasing public understanding of the City's policies and procedures, through community events and participation, and various media outlets.

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Non Residential Business Code

Handled By: Code Enforcement
Phone: 910.341.3266

Sec. 16-297. Conditions for enforcement.permanent link to this piece of content

In making the preliminary determination of whether or not an abandoned structure is in violation of this article, the housing inspector may consider the presence or absence of the following conditions:

        (1)    Deterioration of the structure's foundation, floors, walls, ceilings or roof which may be decayed or damaged to the extent that the structure's strength and soundness are questionable.

        (2)    Possible violations of the North Carolina State Building Code, General Construction, Volume 1; National Electrical Code; North Carolina State Plumbing Code, Volume II; and North Carolina State Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation Code, Volume III.

        (3)    Possible violations of the city fire prevention code or otherwise exhibits conditions constituting a fire hazard in such structure such as, by way of example and not limitation, the collection of garbage, rubbish or other combustible material.

        (4)    The collection of unreasonable or excessive amounts of garbage or rubbish in or near the structure which may attract rodents and insects or become breeding places for rodents and insects.

        (5)    The use of such abandoned structure or nearby grounds or facilities by children as a play area, or for any other use, such that the health and safety of the children are threatened or endangered.

        (6)    Repeated use of such structure by transients, vagrants or other similar persons in the absence of sanitary facilities, which use includes, but is not limited to, living, sleeping, cooking or eating.


All determinations made by the housing inspector that an abandoned structure is in violation of the State Building Code shall be certified by the building inspector in writing and submitted to the hearing officer.

(Ord. of 2-22-83, § 1)

Code Violations
Additional Information

Encroachments are handled by the Engineering Department. Refer to City Ordinance Sec. 11-2. Removal of obstructions and encroachments.    Phone: 910-341-5899

Illegal Dumping is handled by the Police Department. Refer to City Ordinance Sec. 10-17. Dumping or littering on public or private property. Phone: 910-343-3600

Noise is handled by the Police Department. Refer to City Ordinance Sec. 6-26. Phone: 910-343-3600

The Zoning Department handles banners, boats, building without a permit, commercial vehicles, home occupancy certificates, occupancy limitations, trailers, and right of way signs. Phone: 910-254-0900

We participate in the University/Community Relations Task Force at UNCW.

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