Community Code Compliance
How to File a Complaint
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In order to address issues caused by vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties within our municipality, the City of Lake Worth has partnered with VacantRegistry.com. Utilizing this service Code Compliance Officers are able to identify who is actually responsible for a neglected property – be it an individual, trust, or mortgage company.
If you wish to report a neglected property, please contact Code Compliance.
The Community Code Compliance Division ensures that properties within the City of Lake Worth adhere to the City’s regulations relating to:
- Zoning enforcement
- Illegal objects on the right-of-ways (signs, pyramids, rocks, logs, etc.)
- Overgrown vacant lots
- Junk and trash
- Livestock and/or fowl (roosters, chickens) on residential/commercial property
- Illegally parked or stored commercial vehicles on residential property
- Improperly stored boats and recreational vehicles on residential property
- Major auto repairs on residential property
- Improper swimming pool barriers
- Unauthorized multi-family use in residential districts
- Setback violations - sheds and other structures too close to the property line
- Illegal flags, banners, streamers and signs
- Illegal fences and hedges
- Abandoned and/or junk vehicles on commercial/residential property
- Unauthorized business in residential districts
- Unlicensed Rental properties
- No Certificate of Occupancy/Use
- Building without a permit
- Unauthorized garage sales
- Overflowing commercial dumpsters
Violators are provided time to correct issues and administrative hearings are schedule for those that are not corrected.
Code Officers are cross-trained to address multiple violations. When life-safety issues are involved, officers work with officials from Palm Beach County Sheriff's’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Department, the building officials, and public works.
Did You Know?
- Any structural repairs, re-roofing and most plumbing and electrical work require a permit.
- Any business located within the city limits requires City and Palm Beach County Business Tax receipt (Occupational Licenses).
- All properties that are used for commercial purposes or residential rentals must have a Use & Occupancy certificate as well as a current inspection.
- A setback is a required between the property line and sheds, air conditioner units, RVs, boats, etc.
- The City may clean/clear vacant lots after the required legal notification is made to the property owner.
- The City may demolish unsafe residential buildings under the Standard Housing Code.
Individuals & residents may review property files by submitting an email/phone request stating the address of the subject property and a contact phone number or email address for notification when the file is available for their review.