Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Officers enforce Manatee County codes, ordinances and statutes to protect consumers, property values, environmentally-sensitive lands, infrastructure and property. Code Enforcement operates in 11 zones with an officer in each one.


Officers respond to concerns and complaints and proactively seeking out violations including:

  • Unlicensed contractors
  • Overgrown yards and property maintenance issues
  • Unsafe structures and demolitions
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Boats, campers, trailers, and other vehicles that are improperly parked or stored
  • Home offices/businesses in residential areas
  • Unpermitted signs
  • Dangerous dead trees
  • Noise disturbances (contact Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after hours)
  • Criminal Nuisance Activities (Prostitution, gang-related activities, drug-related activities) in conjunction with Manatee County's Sheriff's Office

View information about the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate.

Code Enforcement Programs

Code Enforcement is also responsible for the following programs:

  • Bike Patrol and Boat Patrol
  • Criminal Nuisance Abatement
  • Red Light Cameras and Hearings
  • Pain Management Clinic Licensing and Regulation
  • Vacant Property Registration
  • Sexually Oriented Businesses Regulation