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Code Enforcement Related Ordinances

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement is tasked with the enforcement and/or administration of a number of County codes and ordinances. All enforcement responsibilities are limited to the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County; however, all are subject to prosecution through the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board.

Building Address Requirements
Ordinance 87-6 (amended by 89-5) requires all buildings in Hillsborough County are required to have an address number posted on the front facade of the building, or on a separate structure such as a mailbox, post or other visible structure. The numerals used shall be of a contrasting color than that of the structure upon which they are posted, made of a durable weather resistant material, permanently affixed, and shall be clearly visible and legible from the public or private right of way on which the building fronts.
Dangerous Structures
Hillsborough County is granted the authority to condemn and demolish dangerous buildings pursuant to Chapter 61-2246, laws of Florida, as amended by Chapter 81-388, laws of Florida. These laws are intended to protect public safety through the elimination of dangerous structures that are detrimental to neighborhood values, attractive nuisances for children, create fire hazards, and invite a criminal element into the community.

The laws of Florida require the structure to be damaged, deteriorated, or defected to such an extent that the cost of restoration or repair will exceed 50% of the building’s value. In addition, an Order of Condemnation must be signed by a consensus of the Director of Code Enforcement, the Chief Building Inspector, and the Fire Marshall.
Graffiti Control Ordinance
Hillsborough County Ordinance 93-9 prohibits, and provides a penalty for the persistence of graffiti.
Hand Sanitizer Ordinance
Hillsborough County Ordinance 06-23 requires portable restrooms, and mobile restroom trailers in Hillsborough County to have an operable hand sanitation dispenser, and liquid inside the facility or outside in an immediately adjacent area.
Land Development Code
This code is a collection of Ordinances which defines Hillsborough County’s zoning designations and land uses. The Hillsborough County Land Development Code (LDC) includes zoning, site development, and subdivision regulations. The intent of the LDC is to promote and preserve public health, safety, and welfare.
Property Maintenance Code
Hillsborough County Ordinance 09-63, known as the Property Maintenance Code, provides for regulations requiring the maintenance of all structures and properties within the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. The intent of this ordinance is to secure the public health, safety, and welfare.

This code sets the minimum standards for dwelling units to include:

This Ordinance also requires that the exterior of all residential, commercial and accessory structures be maintained to prevent decay and deterioration of the community.

Property Preservation Ordinance
Hillsborough County Ordinance 12-7 authorizes Code Enforcement to abate serious nuisance conditions which threaten life, health or safety on vacant properties. 
Property Registration
Ordinance 09-59 requires that all properties in the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County undergoing, or beginning the process of foreclosure be registered with the County.
Registration Ordinance
The code provides guidelines for the abandoned real estate property registration system, including standards for maintenance of abandoned properties, inspections, exemptions and waivers, and enforcement and penalties.
Security Alarm Ordinance
Hillsborough County Ordinance 04-16 provides for penalties for false alarms reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.
Simulated Gambling Device Ordinance
This Ordinance (11-22) prohibits the design, development, management, supervision, maintenance, production and possession of one or more simulated gambling devices (exempting personal recreation and ownership not otherwise prohibited by Law).

Amended by Ordinance 12-23
Water Conservation Ordinance
Hillsborough County complies with water restrictions set by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The restrictions are for a variety of outdoor water uses, including lawn irrigation, pressure washing, car washing, decorative fountains, and others. These restrictions are in effect year-round. Code Enforcement inspects properties to ensure compliance with current restrictions.
The Land Development Code provides for the organized development and the continued maintenance of existing land uses. Code Enforcement is the main department responsible for the enforcement of the requirements contained within this Code. The Land Development Code is administered by Hillsborough County’s Development Services Department.

Zoning regulations dictate the type and location of businesses and housing throughout the county. Commercial sites are assigned a specific zone which allows a commercial land use category generally based on level of intensity. Residential zones dictate the number of dwellings allowed for a particular property size and the placement of dwellings and other structures on the property.
  • Fences
  • Parking of commercial vehicles
  • Placement of accessory structures
  • Storage of recreation vehicles
  • Signs