Code Enforcement Officer

  • 002218

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, ensures compliance with city codes through field inspections, notices of violation and citations; educates citizens and community groups regarding code compliance; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knoweldge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Investigates and follows-up on complaints of housing, zoning, quality of life safety issues and nuisance code violations.
  2. Determines and recommends resolution of the issues involved.
  3. Investigates, prepares and presents cases to code enforcement board.
  4. Researches legal descriptions of properties; submits violations and notices to property owners.
  5. Attends homeowners or neighborhood association meetings and makes informative presentations.
  6. Meets with property owners and residents and explains code compliance requirements.
  7. Performs re-inspections before and after code board hearings to ascertain compliance.
  8. Coordinates with authorized contractors for board and securing of buildings and clearing lots.
  9. Maintains records and prepares periodic reports for supervisors.
  10. Cites inoperable vehicles on private properties for towing.
  11. May supervise community service workers and special groups during community clean-up efforts.


  • Knowledge of building, zoning, and minimum housing codes and regulations.
  • Knowledge of minimum housing standards.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety methods and techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication, including group presentation skills.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment including a two-way radio, personal computer and related software.
  • Skill in utilizing appropriate interpersonal skills when interacting with diverse communities or confrontational individuals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the public.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work often in an outdoor setting with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, debris, air and waterborne pathogens. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands, kneel, stoop and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma and one (1) year related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Must possess or obtain F.A.C.E. (Florida Associate of Code Enforcement) Level I Certification within one (1) year of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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