The Role of the Officer

"The purpose of Manatee County Code Enforcement is to gain voluntary compliance through education."

 Jeff Bowman, Code Enforcement Chief



What is Code Enforcement?

Image What is Code Enforcement?

Code Enforcement is responsible for making sure that residences and businesses located in the County meet the requirements of the Manatee County Land Development Code and Code of Ordinances, chapter 82-321 Lot Mowing.


They respond to over 10,000 complaints a year in the unincorporated areas of Manatee County covering over 700 square miles.


Aside from taking complaints, they also go into neighborhoods to educate residents and businesses.

The Role of the Code Enforcement Officer

Manatee County's Code Enforcement Officers are assigned geographic areas within unincorporated Manatee County. The Code Enforcement Officer either self-observes or receives complaints from the public or other governmental agencies.

Upon observing a violation, the officer documents by visual observation, written report and photographic evidence.

The property owner is notified of the violation and advised:

  • The nature of the violation
  • How to correct the violation
  • Timeframe to correct the violation
  • The enforcement avenue which will be taken if the violation is not corrected


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