Codes We Enforce

We are tasked with enforcing or administering a number of County codes and ordinances. Our enforcement responsibilities are limited to the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County,and are subject to prosecution through the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board.

Building Address Requirements

Ordinance 87-6 (amended by 89-5)

  • We require all buildings in Hillsborough County 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
  • You must use numerals that contrast in color to structure upon which you post them
  • The numerals must be durable weather resistant  and permanently affixed
  • You must post the numerals so they are clearly visible and legible from the public or private right of way on which the building fronts

Dangerous Structures

  • We have the authority to condemn and demolish dangerous buildings
  • We need 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
  • We will consider the following conditions for removal:
    • damaged, deteriorated, or defected to such an extent that the cost of restoration or repair will exceed 50% of the building’s value
  • The Director of Code Enforcement, the Chief Building Inspector, and the Fire Marshall all must sign an Order of Condemnation

Hand Sanitizer Ordinance

Ordinance 06-23

  • Portable restrooms, and mobile restroom trailers must have an operable hand sanitation dispenser, and liquid inside the facility or outside in an immediately adjacent area

Land Development Code (LDC)

This code is a collection of Ordinances which defines Hillsborough County’s zoning designations and land uses. The 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

Ordinance 09-63

This 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:

  • Heating and sanitary requirements
  • Prohibits defined nuisance conditions, such as overgrowth and inoperable vehicles
  • Provides the specific standards for swimming pool maintenance and security Space
  • Requires the exteriors of all residential, commercial and accessory structures be maintained to prevent decay and deterioration of the community

Property Preservation Ordinance

Ordinance 12-7

This allows us to abate serious nuisance conditions which threaten life, health or safety on vacant properties. 

Property Registration

Ordinance 09-59

  • Requires that all mortgagees, including lenders, trustees, and service companies, register their properties in the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County undergoing, or beginning the process of foreclosure
  • Regulates the maintenance of properties that have been foreclosed upon or are the subject of foreclosure actions or proceedings, to prevent blighted and unsecured residences

Security Alarm Ordinance

Ordinance 04-16

Provides for penalties for false alarms reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.

Simulated Gambling Device Ordinance

Ordinance 11-22 (Amended by Ordinance 12-23)

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).

Water Conservation Ordinance

  • We comply with water restrictions set by the Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • 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
  • We inspect 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


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