Code Enforcement

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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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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.

Code Enforcement FAQs

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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Are there rules for parking my Recreational Vehicle?

  • How is an abandoned vehicle determined?

  • What is the non-residential business code?

  • What is the minimum housing code?

  • Are homeless encampments allowed?

  • How does the City deal with graffiti?

  • Does the City allow street furniture on sidewalks?

  • Does the City allow sidewalk cafes?

  • Are newspaper racks allowed on public rights-of-way?

  • Can I keep livestock?

  • What are the rules on kennels?

  • Can I keep chickens and fowl?

  • When are weeds too high?

  • Is a car without current tags considered a junked vehicle?

  • Is a landlord required to repair the dwelling I am renting?

  • How many unrelated people may occupy a dwelling?

  • May I place signs for special events, such as 'yard sales' or 'lost pets' in the right of way or on utility poles?

  • How do I contact Code Enforcement to report a violation?

  • Who do I call for animal control?