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Code Enforcement Procedures
Efforts are made to notify code violators of the specific violation(s) and allow them a reasonable amount of time for code compliance. If code violations are not corrected within the prescribed time allowed or repeat violations occur, the violators may be required to appear in court. Failure to correct code violations can result in fines up to $1,000, and up to 30 days incarceration and/or probation.
Additional corrective actions may include the abatement of the violation at the expense of the property owner when they fail to comply with the property maintenance codes. For example, when owners fail to cut their vacant lots after proper notification, the City contracts to have the lot cut and bills the property owner for the expenses plus an administrative fee. Unpaid bills result in monetary liens against the property.
Everyone is encouraged to maintain their property and residence according to code standards. If you have any questions, need additional information or want to report a problem, please contact the Customer Service Center at 651-6565.
The City of Savannah Property Maintenance Department maintains Savannah as a clean, livable city by ensuring property complies with rules set forth by City ordinance. Inspectors routinely patrol neighborhoods for code violations and investigate citizen-generated complaints to help resolve issues and educate residents. To ensure better customer service, property maintenance concerns can be reported by calling 3-1-1 or (912) 651-6565.