A Notice of Violation is a notification that there is a code violation on your property. If you receive a Notice it is because Alachua County believes there is a code violation on your property. The notice will contain specific information about the alleged violation including the applicable code section, the address and or tax parcel number of the property in question, the date the alleged violation was observed, information identifying the owner or responsible party and requirements to achieve compliance.
You may decide to accept responsibility for the violation. This means that there will be no hearing before the Code Administration Special Magistrate (CASM) and that you accept the timeframe for compliance and any fines. If you don’t accept responsibility for the violation, the fine amount or the timeframe for compliance, a hearing date will be set before the Code Administration Special Magistrate (CASM).
At the hearing, the County will present evidence of the violation. You will have the opportunity to dispute that evidence, present your own evidence, and ask questions of the inspector. The CASM will decide if the property is in violation, who is responsible for the fines and timeframes for compliance based on the County’s recommendation.