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.

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.

What we can help you with:

  • How is an abandoned vehicle determined?

    Refer to City Code ARTICLE VII. - ABANDONED, JUNKED AND HEALTH OR SAFETY HAZARD VEHICLES ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH5MOVETR_ARTVIIABJUHESAHAVE )
  • What is the non-residential business code?

    Refer to City Code
  • What is the minimum housing code?

    Refer to City Code ARTICLE V. - MINIMUM HOUSING CODE ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIITECO_CH16BUBURE_ARTVMIHOCO )
  • Are homeless encampments allowed?

    This is covered under City Ordinance Sec. 10-28. - Public nuisances enumerated ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH10SOWA_ARTIIABPUNU_S10-28PUNUEN )
  • How does the City deal with graffiti?

    This covered under City Ordinance Sec. 10-28,11. - Public nuisances enumerated  (  https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH10SOWA_ARTIIABPUNU_S10-28PUNUEN )
  • Does the City allow street furniture on sidewalks?

    Refer to City ordinance Sec. 11-45. - Benches, chairs, planters, and other street furniture on sidewalks and plazas ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH11STSI_ARTIIISIGE_S11-45BECHPLOTSTFUSIPL )
  • Does the City allow sidewalk cafes?

    Refer to City Ordinance Sec. 4-109. Sidewalk cafes ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH4LIBURE_ARTIIISAMEPUPR_S4-109SICA )

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

    See City Code of ordinances Sec. 11-46. - Newsracks on public rights-of-way ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH11STSI_ARTIIISIGE_S11-46NEPURI-W )
  • Can I keep livestock?

    No person may keep within the city any poultry, livestock or wild animal except in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to Sec. 6-2. - Poultry, livestock and wild animals ( https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH6OFIS_ARTIMI_S6-2POLIWIAN)
  • What are the rules on kennels?

    Refer to City Ordinance Sec. 6-2.2. Permits for kennels (https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH6OFIS_ARTIMI_S6-2.2PEKE)
  • Can I keep chickens and fowl?

    Please review the City Ordinance 6.2 Sec. 6-2. - Poultry, livestock and wild animals. (https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIGEOR_CH6OFIS_ARTIMI_S6-2POLIWIAN)
  • When are weeds too high?

    Uncontrolled growth of weeds or grass to a height of eight inches or more is considered a public nuisance.
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  • Is a car without current tags considered a junked vehicle?

    Although it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle on public streets without current tags, it is not a code violation to have a automobile parked on private property without current tags.
  • Is a landlord required to repair the dwelling I am renting?

    It is the responsibility of the owner to keep the property free of minimum housing code violations.
  • How many unrelated people may occupy a dwelling?

    No more than three 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?

    The placement of any sign in the public right of way or on any utility pole is prohibited.
  • How do I contact Code Enforcement to report a violation?

    The main contact number to report violations to Code Enforcement is 910.341.3266.
  • Who do I call for animal control?

    New Hanover County Animal Control 910.798.7500

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