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Hillsborough County Government

Codes Enforcement Ofcr (#CENFOFGNTJ) GNTJ
$14.22-$22.59 Hourly / $2,464.80-$3,915.60 Monthly / $29,577.60-$46,987.20 Yearly


Performs trainee duties investigating community code and ordinance violations and notifying violators of infractions to enforce compliance with property maintenance, zoning, sign, landscaping, environmental conservation / preservation, and other assigned code and ordinance requirements that provide for the general health, safety and welfare of the public.


An Associate's degree; and
One year of experience in building inspection, construction, maintenance, or repair, or as a general contractor; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of Hillsborough County codes and ordinances enforced by the department to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of property inspection and code investigation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the enforcement of codes and ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of property inspection and code investigation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of basic building structural, electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical codes and ordinances applicable to existing residential and commercial structures. 
  • Working knowledge of the geographical layout of Hillsborough County.
  • Working knowledge of standard operating procedures of the department to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of department and County safety standards.
  • Skill in the operation of tools and equipment used to perform code inspections.
  • Ability to read, understand and explain Hillsborough County codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to read and understand legal descriptions and tax rolls to determine property ownership.
  • Ability to follow legal procedures related to the enforcement of codes and ordinances. Ability to effectively manage multiple code enforcement cases in a timely manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to enforce codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
  • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to operate a computer and related software.
  • Ability to operate cameras and video recorders.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a sub-tropical climate in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability and willingness to work non-standard hours.
  • Ability to kneel, bend, reach, climb steps and walk extended distances over rough terrain.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.


Note: Incumbents function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion to Codes Enforcement Officer.

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Inspects commercial and non-commercial properties for compliance with County codes and ordinances related to zoning, landscaping, natural resources, signs, graffiti, adult use businesses, pain management clinics, construction and land alteration permits, contractor licenses, building addresses, property registration, hand sanitizers, shopping carts, and solid waste management.
  • Inspects existing residential and commercial structures to determine if violations of maintenance standards exist related to basic building maintenance and dwelling requirements, and basic electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical codes.
  • Inspects land for compliance with environmental and property maintenance codes and ordinances related to overgrowth, accumulation of discarded materials, storage of dangerous materials, inoperable vehicles, improper or damaged fences, and other nuisance conditions.
  • Investigates code violation complaints through physical inspection and meetings with complainants and alleged offenders to determine if violations exist and to explain minimum standards and requirements established by applicable County codes and ordinances.
  • Researches legal descriptions, tax records, property maps and other sources to determine property ownership; maintains inspection records and suspense schedules for follow-up inspections; and completes reports on inspections conducted.
  • Researches and determines lot boundaries, right-of-ways, and locations of parcels of land using GIS, property appraiser maps and other sources of information.
  • Collects evidence related to code and ordinance violations by conducting interviews, taking photographs, researching internet sites, obtaining property ownership information, researching vehicle information, and collecting and reviewing zoning documentation and related information.
  • Participates in the resolution of code and ordinance violation complaints through physical inspections and meetings with complainants and alleged offenders to explain regulations and promote corrective actions needed to resolve infractions.  
  • Issues notices of violations and conducts follow-up inspections after an established period allowed for compliance to ensure that work is complete and meets established code and ordinance standards.  
  • Communicates verbally and through written communication to notify violators and complainants of the status of investigations and enforcement actions to be taken if resolution of the code and ordinance infraction does not occur within an established period of time.
  • Refers to the supervisor that code violation cases in non-compliance be sent to the Code Enforcement Board or Special Magistrate for review to consider initiating the issuance of citations or other legal remedy.
  • Attends hearings and gives testimony as required.
  • Attends civic meetings to respond to questions and explain codes and ordinances.
  • Coordinates with other agencies for assistance as needed.
  • May be required to provide operational support during periods of local, state and national emergencies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

CLASS: CENFOFGNTJ; EST: 6/17/1996; REV: 1/26/2011;