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  • The Ins And Outs of Code Enforcement

    Written on March 9, 2015

    Code enforcement officers usually aren’t very popular people. They are the folks who cruise around and hand out citations for a variety of infractions. The tickets can be warnings to rectify the issue, or they may even have an associated fine or court date. At first glance, a ticket for debris in your yard or grass that needs to be cut may not seem like a big deal, but these citations need to be taken seriously.

    Code enforcement officers work on both the county and city level. There are county and local code requirements that put the responsibility on the home owner to follow. In Cobb County, for example, the code enforcement division is responsible for zoning, sign ordinances, and solid waste requirements. Typical infractions occurring in residential neighborhoods include violation of the following codes:

    • Dead trees shall not be allowed to exist or to be maintained on any premises which are hazardous to persons on adjacent property.
    • A single family dwelling may have one family including up to one unrelated adult, or two or fewer unrelated adults and their children.
    • A dwelling unit shall have at least 390 square feet of living square footage per each adult.
    • Gutters and shutters shall be maintained so they are structurally sound and in good repair.
    • Animals are required to be on a leash when outside unless contained by a fence.

    If you are issued a citation and choose to not pay the fine and have your day in court, you will be given a date in the Magistrate Court of Cobb County. Just like a traffic ticket, if you fail to show up for court, a bench warrant may very well be issued for your arrest. Grass that needs to be cut or too many cars parked in your yard could suddenly go from a small problem to officers showing up at your door to take you to jail.

    Municipalities, like Kennesaw, also have code enforcement divisions. Most codes and ordinances are similar from city to city. Kennesaw has a number of common violations, which include:

    • Junk vehicles
    • Overgrown yards
    • Illegal dumping
    • Graffiti
    • Dilapidated housing
    • Safety concerns like abandoned refrigerators, unsecured pools, and aggressive animals.

    handshakeIf you are going to court to fight a code citation, it’s important to talk to a legal expert first. It’s never a good idea to walk into court unprepared. Doing so could very well have a detrimental outcome for you. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are always here to help. We are a full service law firm available for questions and consultation.

    If you received a code citation (or any other type of ticket) and didn’t pay the fine or failed to go to court on the designated date, you should contact The Silverbach Group immediately. A warrant for your arrest may be in the hands of authorities. We can help you deal with the situation and minimize the penalties. You can reach The Silverbach Group at 770-635-0334.

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