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Request for Information

Posted by admin On July 31st


The City of North Port is interested in determining how many jurisidctions use a Code Enforcement Board versus a Special Magistrate/Master process (also called Hearing Officer/Examiner)

If anybody has already compiled this information or knows where it is available you may contact Grants & Environmental Coordinator Stan Frank at (941) 429-7234

Otherwise you may add your comments to this BLOG topic below and please indicate if you use a Code Board, Special Magistrate or Both & don’t forget to include your jurisdiction.

Thanks in advance for particpating in this survey.

22 Responses

  1. Cindy Sanner Says:

    The City of Tarpon Springs uses a Code Enforcement Board made up of 7 regular members and 2 alternates. There are times that I wished we would have a special magistrate instead.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 9:40 am

  2. Susan Walker Says:

    The City of Pinellas Park has a population of about 49,000 and is located in Pinellas County – Tampa Bay Area.

    We use both a Special Magistrate and a Code Enforcement Board. On occasion, we also issue Court Citation and use the Pinellas County Court System for Local Ordinance Violations.

    I would be interested in receiving a copy of your findings via email to:

    Susan Walker
    Neighborhood Services Administrator
    City of Pinellas Park, Florida

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 9:50 am

  3. Jeff Ball Says:

    We currently have a Code Enforcement Board. I would be interested in the results of your survey.

    Have a safe day.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 9:50 am

  4. Robyn Winters Says:

    The City of Belle Isle uses a Special Magistrate. I’ve dealt with both Special Magistrates and Code Boards – preference is Special Magistrate. Meetings go quicker and SM has no personal ties to respondents (neighbors, etc), the code is what it is and that’s what they follow.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 9:53 am


    2009 City of LaBelle, we used the Hendry County Court Judge. Then in 2010-2012 we went with a Special Magistrate. In 2013 WE went back to the Court Court system, however kept the Magistrate on the books.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 9:56 am

  6. James L. Acosta Says:

    St Johns County (Northeast Florida) utilizes both Citation and Special Magistrate for complaince.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 10:13 am

  7. jim hare Says:

    Nassau County, Florida uses the Code Enforcement Board.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 10:20 am

  8. Lee Ann McCullough-Wham Says:

    We just had a request from one of our members. Here is what we have gathered so far:
    Apopka – Special Magistrate
    Cape Canaveral – Code Board
    Cocoa Beach – Code Board
    Daytona Beach – both
    Deltona – Special Magistrate
    Edgewood – Special Magistrate
    Maitland – Special Magistrate
    Oviedo – Special Magistrate
    Port Orange – both

    Brevard County – Special Magistrate
    Flagler County – neither, Court & Judge

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 10:55 am

  9. Sonia O Rodriguez Says:

    Hillsborough County uses both one (1) Code Enforcement Board and three (3) Special Magistrates.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 11:07 am

  10. Roger Jacobsen Says:

    We currently use a Code Enforcement Board in the City of Naples but have been tossing around the idea of a Special Magistrate.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  11. Olivia Minshew Says:

    We recently amended our ordinance to allow for the special magistrate as an alternate for hearings. We currently are using the Magistrate. As terms run out on the CEB though, we do not plan to reappoint.

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  12. Mike Brown Says:

    Lynn Haven, in Bay County near Panama City, uses a Special Magistrate for hearings. Prior to going with the Magistrate, there were problems with the board having a quorum for the hearings.

    Posted on August 1st, 2013 at 8:43 am

  13. Michael J Titmuss Says:

    The City of Fort Myers has exclusively used the Code Board process for the last 20 years or more; but has considered trying and/or adding a monthly Special Magistrate hearing, due to case volume and special problem case types, etc. To date it has not happened yet, but the topic does seem to come up every so often.

    For what it’s worth, I personally believe the public typically prefers the volunteer make-up of the Boards over the perception of a “hearing officer paid by the government”. However,I recognize keeping the Boards filled with qualified appointments can be difficult at times.

    Posted on August 3rd, 2013 at 9:58 am

  14. T.GAJENTAN Says:

    The city of St. Petersburg holds a Code Board meeting that grants an extension deadline. If the violations are not resolved then the case goes in front of the Special Magistrate, the Board does not re-hear cases.
    If the above does not work the case then goes to county court.

    Posted on August 5th, 2013 at 8:25 am

  15. Liz Carr Says:

    We have a Code Board with 7 members on Marco Island. I truly wish we had a Special Magistrate as it would put a stop to the politics.

    Posted on August 5th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  16. Mark Caskie Says:

    THE City of Brooksville uses a Special Magistrate (Hearing Officer)

    Posted on August 8th, 2013 at 8:59 am

  17. Deborah Leigh Says:

    Seminole County uses both. Code Enforcement Board for most nuisance complaints, Special Magistrate for most Building without permits complaints, violations on commercial sites and more complex cases.

    You may also want to check the Forum on the FACE website,, as this question has been posted there too.

    Posted on August 8th, 2013 at 9:01 am

  18. John Patek Says:

    City of Venice only utilizes a seven member Code Board

    Posted on August 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am

  19. Cindy Drake Says:

    The Village of Wellington (Palm Beach County) approximately 57,000 population uses Special Magistrates. One hearing a month. We have 4 Magistrates that alternate from month to month.We also use citations on occasion and we issue parking tickets.

    Posted on August 8th, 2013 at 11:07 am

  20. John Stenson Says:

    The City of Daytona Beach has both the Board and Special Magistrate.

    Posted on August 28th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  21. Joe Mucha Says:

    Collier County uses a Special Magistrate and a Code Enforcement Board. Each meet once a month.

    Posted on September 18th, 2013 at 10:23 am

  22. Brian Honea Says:

    The City of Crescent City currently uses a code enforcement board. They meet once a month.

    Posted on July 6th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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