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Environmental Enforcement enforces and investigates code, ordinance, state statute and administrative code violations committed in Escambia County. The Escambia County Environmental Enforcement Division operates under Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes and Chapter 30 of the Escambia County Code of Ordinances. Escambia County is broken into three separate areas: north, central and south. The south area is the largest area by population and has approximately eight officers and two lead officers.  The central area has four officers and one lead officer. The north area is the largest per square mile, but smallest in population.  It has four officers and one lead officer.

The following codes/laws are enforced by Environmental Enforcement:

  • Nuisance Conditions
  • Land Development Code
  • Public Health and Safety
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Unsafe Building Structures

The division will also respond to the following nuisances:

  • Overgrowth
  • Inoperable Vehicles
  • Trash and Debris
  • Land Clearing
  • Fences
  • Signs
  • Mandatory Garbage Collection
  • Mosquito Breeding Grounds
  • Abandoned Tires
  • Dumping
  • Unsafe Structures

Enforcement Actions

Civil Court - Special Magistrate is the most common enforcement action used by Environmental Enforcement Officers. Special Magistrate hearings are a quasi judicial hearing overseen by a Special Magistrate, who listens to testimony from the Officers and the alleged violators. The Special Magistrate rules if property is in violation or not. The Special Magistrate is contracted by Escambia County to make fair and unbiased rulings, regarding alleged code violations. The Special Magistrate must be an attorney in good standing with the Florida Bar Association.

County Court - Civil Citations

  • Issued after notice of violation has been issued.
  • Starts at $50.00 per violation up to $400.00 per violation
  • Ten days to pay or contest citation in County Court

Notice to Appear

  • Issued in place of a physical arrest
  • Must be in court 3 weeks from issue date
  • Issued only for ordinance violations, and misdemeanors (1st and 2nd degree)
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