Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Introduction-A citizen submitted a letter and asks the question, “Why is Code Enforcement allowing car repairs to take place in the front yard of a single family residence in a quiet neighborhood, running a generator 12 hours a day while repairing 8-10 cars parked in the yard since the first complaint was lodged back in October 2013? What is the reason for code enforcement?”
According to the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, the primary goal is to protect property values and the environment. There is a standard code of ethics spelled out by this organization. Here are a couple of excerpts:
CODE ENFORCEMENT DEFINITION:
“Code enforcement is a function local governments perform that citizens consider important for accomplishing community goals, such as protecting property values and the environment. Others view code enforcement as an annoying intrusion into the free use of private property. Traditionally, it has been a process whereby local governments use various techniques to gain compliance with duly-adopted regulations such as land use and zoning ordinances, health and housing codes, sign standards, and uniform building and fire codes.
In recent years, federal and state regulations governing air and water quality and the transport and storage of hazardous wastes, and requirements for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act have come into play. Local governments are now obliged to include enforcement of these rules and regulations in the array of responsibilities they assume for protecting the public health and welfare.
Contemporary code enforcement involves local enforcement officials in the job of ensuring compliance with policies, codes, rules, regulations, and permits in a proper, timely fashion within the limits of the law. Consequently, enforcement officials must be fully acquainted with the adoption process and the thinking behind the regulations they enforce as well as the legal limits placed on them. Conversely, those who write the laws must understand the problems particular to enforcement and administration as the codes and regulations are implemented.”>SOURCE
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