Generally, the enforcement of codes occurs on both a reactive (complaint from a community source) and a proactive (initiated by the inspector) basis. When a complaint is received, it is investigated; any other violations observed are also addressed. Additionally, any violations noted on neighboring properties are also addressed with the appropriate person. These include zoning ordinance, building code, and nuisance code violations. Our goal is to encourage both owners and tenants to voluntarily eliminate any violations that may exist so that Spearfish remains a city in which we can be proud to live.
When a code violation is reported, we open an incident and work towards resolving the issue through a process of education, inspection, and notices. Continued violations are followed by progressive enforcement.
- Complaint received from citizen or observed by city employee
- Inspection conducted to verify if violation exists
- Notification is given to property owner or tenant allowing time for correction (see methods of notification)
- Re-inspection is conducted after date to correct has passed
- If violation is corrected, case is closed
- If not corrected (Abate: violation removed/corrected by a contractor hired by the city)
- Property owner is billed. If the bill is not paid a lien is filed with the county against the property.