Does the Code Enforcement Officer need to be “licensed” functioning in the code enforcement officer city position?

The Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Hamilton operates under the direction and control of the Police Department. The Code Enforcement Officer fields complaints, photographs violations, leaves notices and or mails out code violation letters. The Code Enforcement Officer then performs follow-up checks on the property, usually 10 days after the notice was delivered, depending on the violation. 


If the property has been brought into compliance the matter is dropped. If during the follow-up the property as not been brought into compliance and the person that is in control of the property has not made efforts to address the violation or communicated with the Code Enforcement Officer, then the officer turns their information over to the Police Officer that is on duty at the time. The Officer checks by the property and photographs the violation, then a case number is issued and the case is turned over to Municipal Court for prosecution.

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1. What is the purpose of code enforcement?
2. How does the code enforcement process work?
3. What are some common items that are considered a violation?
4. I want to report a property maintenance problem in my neighborhood but I don't want anyone to know I called. Do I have to give you my name?
5. What will Code enforcement do if I refuse to comply with the City's Municipal Code?
6. The house next door is a rental and the tenants are messy. There are inoperable cars in the driveway, the house siding and shingles are falling off the house. Can you make the owner do something?
7. My neighbor’s tree branches overhang onto my property and are dropping leaves into my yard/patio/garden, etc. Can the City make them trim the branches or remove the tree?
8. Does the Code Enforcement Officer need to be “licensed” functioning in the code enforcement officer city position?