Nothing signifies neglect more than a street lined with empty, overgrown lots and poorly maintained homes. The Code Enforcement Division mitigates the negative effects that vacant, abandoned and blighted properties have upon our community and property values. The Code Enforcement Division enforces sections of the City Code of Ordinances, Florida State Statutes, Florida Building Code and the National Electric Code pertaining to property maintenance and public safety. By doing so, the Code Enforcement Division plays a vital role in promoting, protecting and improving the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.
The Broken Windows Theory
The broken windows theory introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982 suggests untended property is a visual cue for diminished social control and attracts additional vandalism and other criminal acts. Consider a building with a single broken window; if the window is not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually they may break into the building and become squatters, or worse. The same can be said for overgrown properties, inoperative vehicles, graffiti, blighted houses and other signs of neglect that contribute to the break down of a community. By addressing "broken windows", the Code Enforcement Division greatly reduces the negative impact that unmaintained properties have on our community.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multifaceted approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. By altering the physical aspects of our community we can influence decisions that precede criminal acts. For instance, eliminating overgrowth on vacant properties will enhance visibility which will ultimately eliminate a potential hiding spot for criminals. CPTED guidelines are also put to use in parking lots. City Codes that require landscaping to be trimmed and require parking lots to be lit significantly increase visibility which will deter criminal activity.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may reach our office by phone at (772)467-3720. During those hours you may also visit our office on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 100 N US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.
All complaints will be investigated regardless of the location of the violation within the City or the nature of the complaint. A clear description of the violation and location are necessary for an officer to conduct an investigation. A call back name and telephone number is helpful but is not necessary.
You may place a complaint at any time by submitting online via See Click Fix.