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 The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing state and local laws relating to health and safety, property maintenance standards and land use regulations. Our goal is to maintain consistency with the Town's General Plan and to provide courteous, effective and efficient service which will enhance property values by reducing visual blight in Apple Valley's neighborhoods. A key component of this goal is educating citizens concerning local, state and federal regulations that affect them.




The Code Enforcement Division is comprised of three components:

Reactive, Proactive and Problem Oriented Policing (POP).



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The Reactive component is responsible for responding to reports of  violations received from residents. Anonymous complaints are not accepted, information on the reporting party is kept strictly confidential. When Code Enforcement receives a complaint, an investigation of the reported violation(s) is conducted within 72 hours of the receipt of the complaint, excluding holidays and weekends.





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 In addition to responding to reports of violations from the community, Code Enforcement Officers open cases on violations they observe during routine patrols. Procedures on proactive cases will be similar or identical to those of reactive cases. In 2015 Code Enforcement Officers opened a total of 5,938 cases, of which 4,222 (71%) were opened proactively.   

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If a violation is confirmed by the officer, a Notice of Violation is issued and mailed to the property owner and/or tenant. The Notice of Violation generally allows 14 days for the violations to be corrected, depending on the severity of the violation. A second inspection of the property is conducted on the specified follow up date. If the violation still exists, a Notice to Abate is issued. This notice usually allows 10 days to abate the violation and comply with the specific code section. Time extensions may be allowed during the enforcement process as long as visible progress is being made toward correction of the violations.

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If after these notices the owner/tenant has not brought the property into compliance, Code Enforcement may proceed with one of three different enforcement actions. These actions include Citation, Administrative Citation, or Abatement Warrant.

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Officers respond as quickly as possible to an immediate threat to public health and safety. When the officer considers a violation present to be an immediate threat to health or safety, the officer may take other actions to correct the violation immediately, including bringing in a contractor. If this happens, the property owner will be charged for the contractor's costs and a lien will be placed on the property for the costs. A serious hazard such as an unsecured pool or a collapsed septic tank where the owner cannot be contacted may trigger this course of action. 






Problem Oriented Policing (POP) 

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The Problem-Oriented Policing Team (P.O.P.) is a cooperative team of a Code Enforcement officer and police officers who enforce criminal and nuisance regulations. The P.O.P. program operates on a proactive basis and targets problem areas that generate frequent calls for police or Code Enforcement service. The team targets areas of the Town where suspected criminal activity exists along with significant Municipal Code violations. The P.O.P. team provides a multi-agency response to problem areas of the community.

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