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A resident can report a complaint by calling the Code Enforcement Division at 954-385-0500. If it is determined that a violation exists, the inspector issues a notice of violation.

IN BRIEF, THE PROCESS IS AS FOLLOWS:

1. If a violation is alleged to exist, written notice is provided to the violator of the violation and affords that person a reasonable time, dependent on the nature of the violation, to correct it. If the violation is corrected, the process ends here.

2. If the violation continues beyond the time specified for correction, the violator is scheduled for a hearing before the Special Magistrate. Written notice is provided to the violator. Special Magistrate Hearing procedures are outlined in City Code 31.21. The Clerk for the Special Magistrate can be contacted at 954-385-0500. Hearings are held at Weston City Hall in the City Commission Chambers, 17200 Royal Palm Boulevard.

3. The Special Magistrate may require the violator to pay a fine, not to exceed $1,000 per day, for each day that the violation continues past the date set in the order for compliance. In the case of a repeat violation, the Special Magistrate may order the repeat violator to pay a fine not to exceed $5,000 a day, for each day the repeat violation continues past the date of notice of the repeat violation. Upon a finding that the violation is irreparable or irreversible in nature, the Special Magistrate may order the violator to pay a fine not to exceed $15,000 per violation. In addition to such fines, the Special Magistrate may impose additional fines to cover all costs incurred by the City in enforcing its Codes and all costs or repairs.

Special Magistrate

In the City of Weston a Special Magistrate hears those matters that he/she is empowered and authorized to hear and rule upon, under Florida Statutes Chapter 162, for violations occurring within the City. The Special Magistrate has the authority to impose administrative fines and other non-criminal penalties in addition to the implementation of supplemental code enforcement procedures, to provide an equitable, expeditious, effective, and inexpensive method of enforcing any codes and ordinances in force in the City where a pending or repeat violation exists.