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Code Enforcement
Michelle Forstrom, Code Enforcement Manager

204 Ash Street
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

Ph: (904) 310-3136
Fax: (904) 310-3460

7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Days and times may vary occasionally for field work.

Get Ready for Summer! 2016 Code Reminders and Information 

You can make the City of Fernandina Beach a safer, better place to live, learn, work and play by following these two steps to resolve code enforcement issues in your neighborhood:

1. File a complaint. Please provide detailed information, including exact address or location, and a complete description of the violation. Use the online Code Enforcement Complaint Form, or call (904) 310-3136.

2. Get involved in the code enforcement process by educating yourself on the content and application of the enforcement codes.
    - City of Fernandina Beach Code of Ordinances
    - City of Fernandina Beach Land Development Code

Code enforcement seeks voluntary compliance of City codes, which are the baseline expectation for maintenance of the community and environment. City of Fernandina Beach Code Enforcement strives to achieve compliance through education and notification, and provide a clear process for investigation and resolution of code complaints.

Some of what City Code Enforcement is responsible for:

  • Compliance of zoning laws
  • Enforcement of business licensing and Local Business Tax Receipts (LBTR)
  • Enforcement of sign ordinances
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Illegal dumping on private property
  • Unlicensed inoperative vehicles on private property
  • Boats, trailers, RV's, commercial vehicles, etc. parking on private property
  • Structures in disrepair
  • Enforcement of Resort Rental Dwelling Permits
  • Beach lighting during sea turtle nesting season (May 1 - October 31)

City Code Enforcement is NOT responsible for animal control, building construction, waste disposal, graffiti, mosquitoes, traffic, or parking tickets. Please click here for a list of contacts related to these issues.

Click the following links for information on Local Business Tax Receipts and Resort Rentals.

How does Code Enforcement work?

Effective code enforcement has a major impact on the safety of the community. Citizens are normally unaware of proper code compliance. It is our job to help educate and inform our citizens and visitors of the importance of code compliance.

When a code violation is reported, a complaint is opened and the Code Compliance Officer tries to resolve the violation through education, inspection, and notices. Violations that continue are followed by progressive enforcement. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health and safety are prioritized. Cases that are not resolved by the Code Compliance Officer move to the Code Enforcement and Appeals Board.

Typically, the majority of code violations are resolved before reaching the Code Enforcement and Appeals Board. Cooperation between the Code Compliance Officer and the person involved results in solving over 90% of the complaints received.

Click here to learn more about the complaint, investigation, and compliance process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I store my vehicles at my residence?
Yes, provided all vehicles are street legal, meaning currently tagged and in good repair.

How often do I have to cut my lot?
The height of all grass and similar vegetation can't exceed 12 inches (whether it is an occupied lot or a vacant lot). All properties must be kept clean of weeds, vegetation, debris, junk and rubbish that may be unsightly.

Can I park my recreational vehicle (RV), boat, trailer, etc. at my residence?
Only in the side or rear yard, or in a completely enclosed building or carport attached to a principal structure. The vehicles must be unoccupied. 

How long can I keep my trash and recycle tote out by the street?
You may put your tote out by the street no earlier than 6:00pm the day before pick-up and you must bring it back off the street on the day of pick-up by 8:00pm. The tote can't be left out by the street and/or in the right-of-way indefinitely.

Can I put up temporary signage?
All signs in the City must be permitted, including banners (please see the City's Land Development Code Chapter 5 for all sign regulations). Snipe signs (any sign that is tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued, or otherwise attached to trees, poles, stakes, fences, or other objects) are not allowed in City limits, whether on private property or public right-of-way. Under no circumstances can a sign be placed in the City right-of-way.