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CODE ENFORCEMENT

The Community Development Department, Code Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of City of Sunrise codes and ordinances designed to protect the well being of the community and maintain quality standards.  Such as:

  • Issuing Business Tax Receipts and conducting inspections of businesses for proper licensing.
  • Inspecting and monitoring commercial properties for compliance with sanitation, sign and landscaping, and other City codes.
  • Inspecting and monitoring all other properties for compliance with City codes.
  • Investigating complaints and ensuring correction of violations by property owners.
  • Presenting cases to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate for disposition.
  • Issuing permits for special events and temporary outdoor sales within the City.
  • Issuing Non-Consent Towing Permits
  • Registering abandoned properties

Contact Information
Code Enforcement Division
1601 NW 136th Avenue, Bldg. A
Sunrise, FL 33323
Code Enforcement Phone: (954) 572-2344
Business Tax (formerly Occupational License) Phone: (954) 572-2352
Fax: (954) 838-7653
Code@sunrisefl.gov
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except City holidays)

All of the City of Sunrise Municipal Codes are available online at www.Municode.com.

To report a code violation, please call the City's Code Enforcement Hotline at (954) 572-2344 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Online Code Enforcement Inquiry
Residents can now view the Code Enforcement Activity Status of any property in Sunrise. Just access our free online Code Enforcement Inquiry System. If you need additional assistance, call (954) 572-2344.

Code Enforcement Documents
• Lien Amnesty Information & Application
• Abandoned Property Registration Form
Pit Bull Registration Form

Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
In accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 162, code enforcement cases in the City of Sunrise are heard before a Special Magistrate. A current agenda is available below. Special Magistrate hearings are scheduled for the third Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Community Development Department, Code Enforcement Division, located at 1607 NW 136 Avenue, Building B. (Please follow posted signs.) For additional information, contact the Clerk to the Special Magistrate at (954) 572-2347.

Common Code Violations
For descriptions of the City's most common code violations, please refer to the division's Baker's Dozen, listed below. Details can be found in the City's complete Code of Ordinances, provided online at www.municode.com.

1. Garbage
• According to Section 9-31(a)(1) of City Code, all yards, swale areas, walkways, driveways, parking areas, vacant lots and landscaped areas must be free of refuse and debris.
• According to Section 12-5, all garbage and/or debris must be placed in sturdy plastic bags and securely tied before being placed in a trashcan or dumpster.

2. Grass
• According to Section 9-31-(a)(2), vacant land at least 300' from a developed residential parcel must not have grass or weed growth over 12" in height.
• According to Section 9-31-(a)(3), vacant or developed land within 300' of a developed residential parcel must not have grass or weed growth over 6" in height.

3. Local Business Tax Receipt
• According to Section 7-27(1), any person who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the City must obtain a local business tax receipt.
• According to Section 7-34 (b), local business tax receipts are considered delinquent if not renewed when due (on or before October 1 of each year). As such, they are subject to a delinquent penalty of 10% for the month of October, plus an additional 5% for each month of delinquency until paid.

4. Inoperative Vehicles
According to Section 9-51(b), junked and/or inoperative vehicles and parts (unless authorized in conjunction with a business operated pursuant to City laws) must be removed from public or private property, placed in an enclosed garage or carport, maintain a current license tag, or made operative.

5. Exterior Walls & Roofs
• According to Section 17-12(6), all exterior wall surfaces subject to deterioration shall be properly maintained and protected from the elements by paint or other industry approved protective coating applied in a workmanlike fashion. Prior to application, paint colors used for commercial properties must be approved by the Planning & Development Department in accordance with Section 16-97.
• According to Section 17-12(7), roofs shall be structurally sound and weather-tight, and shall be adequate to prevent rainwater from entering or causing dampness in any portion of the structure. Roofs shall be maintained to minimize surface discoloration caused by mildew, mold, oxidation or other blemish.

6. Swimming Pools
• According to Section 17-12 (12), all swimming pools, spas, hot tubs or similar structures shall at all times be maintained so as not to constitute a public nuisance. Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs or similar structures shall at all times be maintained in a sanitary and safe condition.
• According to Section 16-111 (a)(1), all swimming pools require a safety barrier that meets the requirements of the City's Land Development Code. The safety barrier shall take the form of a screened-in patio, a fence, a wall, or other similar material that completely surrounds the pool perimeter or property perimeter.
• According to Section 16-111 (c), before any work is commenced, permits must be secured for swimming pools and safety barriers. If a barrier that meets City requirements already encloses the premises, a safety barrier permit will not be required.
• According to Section 16-111 (a)(2), Effective January 25, 2011, the minimum height of the safety barrier shall be not less than four (4) feet in height for all swimming pools located on single family lots. On other residential and nonresidential properties, all pool safety barriers for swimming pools shall be not less than six (6) feet in height.
• According to Section 17-12 (12)(c), safety barriers must be maintained free of any defects that will allow unrestricted access to the swimming pool. Surrounding gates must be locked when the pool is not in use.
• According to Section 17-12 (12)(d), swimming pools and safety barriers that are not constructed or maintained in accordance with the standards set forth in this chapter are public nuisances and subject to abatement and enforcement procedures.

7. Landscaping
According to Section 9-31(a)(5), all yards, swale areas, walkways, driveways, parking areas, vacant lots and landscape areas shall be maintained reasonably free of weeds and foreign matter, and in reasonably healthy condition. Dead material, including trees, should be replaced in accordance with landscape code.

8. Fences
According to Section 16-191(d)(7), all fences must be constructed with the finished side of the fence facing the abutting property or the street, as applicable, and must be firmly anchored to the land so as not to create a hazard. Fences must be properly maintained so as not to become unsafe or unsightly.

9. Building Maintenance
According to Section 17-4, City code requirements pertaining to the maintenance of buildings apply to all buildings and/or structures - those already existing and those yet to be constructed. All buildings and/or structures and parts thereof must be maintained in a safe condition, with all required devices or safeguards in good working order.

10. Animals
• According to Section 4-28, no one within the corporate limits of the City may keep a dog that howls or barks excessively, so as to disturb the sleep or peace of City inhabitants.
• According to Section 4-26(b), a dog's owner or caretaker must immediately remove the dog's droppings from any public right-of-way, including sidewalks or swales; any public park, school grounds or other public property; and any private property not belonging to the owner of the animal.
• According to Section 16-127(a), no animals, livestock or poultry of any kind may be raised, bred or kept on any lot less than five acres in size. The only exceptions are dogs, cats and other common household animals, which may be kept as long as they are not bred or maintained for commercial purposes and don't exceed three in number.
• According to Section 4-50(a), owners of pit bull dogs must register their dogs with Code Enforcement. This registration shall include the name, address and phone number of the dog's owner; the address where the dog is kept (if different from the owner's address); and a complete identification of the dog, including the dog's sex, color and any other distinguishing characteristics; and proof of rabies vaccination.

11. Graffiti
According to Section 9-36(c)(5), it is unlawful for the owner of any private property to permit graffiti or other inscribed materials to remain as to be capable of being viewed by a person utilizing any public right-of-way within the City. Any such graffiti must be removed within 72 hours of its appearance.

12. Outdoor Storage
According to Section 16-125 (a), the storage of all equipment, materials and supplies shall be entirely within an enclosed building unless explicitly authorized to the contrary by this Code.

13. Parking
According to Section 14-16(d), no person shall park, allow to be parked or cause to be parked any motor vehicle on private property in any RS-3, RS-5 or RS-7 zoning district except in designated parking spaces.


Issuing Non-Consent Towing Permits
“It is unlawful for a tow truck operator to engage in non-consent towing from private property unless such tow truck operator obtains and maintains a permit issued pursuant to this article. A tow truck operator conducting non-consent tows from private property in the city shall be required to obtain a permit and shall be subject to all the provisions of this article regardless of whether its principal place of business is within or outside of the city. All permits shall expire on September 30 of each year following the date of original issuance. Permits shall be renewable annually.” Article XIII, Section 7-386, City of Sunrise Code of Ordinances.

Non-Consent Towing Permits are issued by the Business Tax Office.

The following tow truck operators have received a permit to engage in non-consent towing from private property: 

#14-19591 Sal’s Towing, Inc.                           4033 NE 9 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
#14-19559 All County Towing, Inc.                  520 NW 7 St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
#14-19550 Towmaxx Towing Service             825 NW 61 St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
#14-19586 Westway Towing, Inc.                    3681 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311 
#14-19749 EMS Towing Inc.                             977 NW 19 Ave., Wilton Manors, FL 33311 

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