Code Enforcement Officer

Mike Callaway Miscellaneous

  • Full Time
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Salary: $19.95 - $30.95 an hour

Website City of Lakeland

This is responsible inspection work in enforcing compliance with City codes and ordinances pertaining to portions of the land development regulations, housing, environmental code, junk vehicles, derelict properties and the parking of trailers and recreational vehicles, environmental protection and solid waste, or signage and news racks. Work involves inspecting and investigating code violations and complaints and includes gathering, evaluating and interpreting information with the ability to prepare and present cases to the Code Enforcement Board, if necessary. An employee in this position works independently, making routine decisions within established codes, regulations and technical guidelines, but disputed or exceptionally different cases may be referred to a superior for assistance. Work is reviewed by the Code Enforcement Manager through performance reviews.

This posting will close after the receipt of the first 50 qualified applicants.


  • Investigates reported and observed violations of the City’s ordinances and codes pertaining to zoning, housing, environment, junk vehicles, derelict properties and trailer/recreational vehicle parking, or environmental protection and solid waste.
  • Notifies code violators of code requirements and makes an effort to obtain compliance through negotiation.
  • Issues citations and re-inspects premises after the allotted time to see if the violation has been corrected.
  • Refers non-compliance cases to the Code Enforcement Board for action.Presents testimony before the Code Enforcement Board.
  • Interprets and explains the assigned ordinances and codes to the general public, property owners, businesses, builders, contractors and other interested parties.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary reports and records.
  • Works closely with other City Departments in resolving complaints and responding to concerns.
  • Makes presentations to, and answers questions from, various neighborhood and homeowner associations, and civic organizations.
  • Provides information regarding Code Enforcement to supervisors, coworkers, other employees, and members of the public by telephone, in written form, email, and in person.
  • Removes illegally placed signs from public rights-of-way (Sign Enforcement).
  • Interprets and explains the sign code and news rack regulations to the general public, property owners, businesses, builders, contractors, and other interested parties (Sign Enforcement).
  • Patrols the City in vehicle or on foot looking for violations to the City Code of Ordinance.
  • May be required to work overtime or alternate hours as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
  • Position is designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.


  • Performs related work as required.


  • A high school diploma from an accredited school or its equivalent.
  • Three (3) years of responsible experience in building inspection, housing inspection, environmental inspection, planning or zoning, building construction or contracting, civil engineering, or law enforcement.


  • Must maintain a valid state of Florida driver’s license.
  • Must maintain a valid telephone number.
  • Must possess or acquire within twelve (12) months of the date of employment, Certification in Fundamentals of Code Enforcement from the Florida Association of Code Enforcement, Inc. (F.A.C.E.).


  • Thorough knowledge of municipal codes and ordinances pertaining to zoning, signage, housing, environment, junk vehicles, derelict properties and parking of trailers and recreational vehicles.
  • Knowledge of investigative procedures and ability to compile facts in a logical progression for presentation to the Code Enforcement Board or a court.
  • Ability to use good judgment and tact in securing the cooperation and compliance of property owners, tenants, and the general public.
  • Ability to enforce applicable ordinances and codes with firmness, tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to read, understand and explain maps, aerials, plats, plans and other technical drawings.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing clearly and concisely in an easily understood manner.
  • Skill in using common computer hardware and software to perform tasks (e.g., PCs, laptops, printers, scanners, and software such as Code Enforcement Application and Mobile Application, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Photo Editor).
  • Skill in using digital cameras, digital files, secure digital memory cards (SD cards), to upload, download, insert, attach, import and send electronic files, and digital photographs.


  • Requires manual labor work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, and routine keyboard operations.
  • The job risks occasional exposures to dusts and pollen, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, and vehicular traffic.
  • The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception and good manual dexterity.
  • Ability to operate a City vehicle to travel to various locations.

All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including “junk” folders. Test times and locations to be announced.

The City of Lakeland is a drug free workplace. This position is considered a mandatory testing position, which is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. All City of Lakeland positions are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing. As a condition of employment, you will be required to pass the pre-employment drug test in accordance with Florida Statute 440.102.


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