Code Enforcement Special Magistrate (CESM)

These Special Magistrates have jurisdiction to hear violations of all codes and ordinances of Hillsborough County with most cases arising out of violations of the County's housing, building, zoning and sign codes and ordinances to maintain minimum health and safety standards, burglar false alarm ordinance and natural resources regulations, the water restriction ordinance, and red light camera appeals; and vehicle for hire and trespass towing ordinance.


The Special Magistrates shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and shall be comprised of four Magistrates. Whenever possible, Magistrates should represent the following categories:

  • Architect
  • Businessperson
  • Engineer
  • General Contractor
  • Subcontractor
  • Realtor
Magistrates must have experience in one of the following areas:
  • Law, Codes, Enforcement, Construction and Land Use
  • Water Resource Ordinances
  • Burglar False Alarm Ordinances and Land Development Program
  • Zoning Signs and Minimum Standards Ordinances
  • Vehicle for Hire and Trespass Towing Ordinances


Special Magistrates shall serve three year terms. After two consecutive terms, a Magistrate shall not be eligible for reappointment until one calendar year has elapsed from date of termination of the second term.

Special Requirements:

Annual financial disclosure is required.
Unincorporated residency is required.


Chapter 162, F.S. and HC Code of Ordinances and Laws, Chapter 14, Article II, Section 14.


Brandon Regional Service Center
311 Pauls Drive
Brandon, Fl., 33511

  • Community Codes - Monthly, generally 2nd Monday, 9 AM
  • Red Light Cameras - Monthly, generally 1st Thursday, 9 AM. Dates vary due to COVID.
  • Burglar False Alarms, Water Resources, and Natural Resources Regulations - Monthly, generally 1st Monday, 9 AM. Dates vary due to COVID.
  • Vehicle for Hire & Trespass Towing - Monthly, generally 4th Thursday, 9 AM


Sonia O. Rodriguez
Manager, Citizen Boards Support
County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
16th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 272-7181

CESM Information CESM Schedule & Agendas Citizen Boards Support


Member Position Dates of Service
Mr. Erik Challenger
  01/19/2023 -
Mr. Brian Lorentzen
05/15/2019 -
Mr. Philip McDonald
06/16/2021 -
Mr. Roger Verszyla
04/19/2023 -