Code Enforcement and Security
What is Code Enforcement?
The Division of Security and Code Enforcement seeks to enhance neighborhoods and residents’ health, security, safety and general welfare through an efficient and effective security and code enforcement program.
All actions shall be conducted in a responsible and fair manner focusing on customer service and public awareness while respecting the property rights of our land owners. The Public Safety director performs code enforcement activities in the district in conjunction with Highlands County Code Enforcement and the district contracts out security services including security patrols, response to non-emergency calls and managing a daily house watch program.
It’s important to know that there are areas within Sun ‘n Lake that have their own set of deed restrictions. These are in addition to Sun ‘N Lake Ordinances, and are not enforced by the Sun ‘N Lake Code Enforcement Department. They are enforced by the individual HOAs. HOAs with their own deed restrictions include: The Preserve, Deer Run, Manor Hill, Hampton Woods and Magnolia Place. Restrictions can be checked on the HOA page HERE!
1. Warning Notice
This will give you a reasonable time to comply. If you have some extenuating circumstance and need more time please call and let us know. Our contact information is on the notice. If the property is not brought into compliance; the next step is,
2. Notice of Violation & Notice of Hearing
Usually mailed together, again giving a time limit. If the property is not in compliance by this deadline a fine will begin to accrue and the property will be brought before the Special Magistrate. There are various associated fees and costs that Sun ‘n Lake will be able to recover and may include the cost of correcting the violation. The Special Magistrate will rule on the case and issue an Order. Once the Order is issued it will be recorded at the County Clerk of Courts which will then become a lien against the property.
If a citation is issued the Fine will be $100 per day for the first offense and $200 per day for repeat offenses.
On any property that has been cleared of trees, shrubs and other vegetation the underbrush growth must be maintained at twelve (12) inches or less, and any structure located thereon, the underbrush growth must be maintained at eight (8) inches or less.
The seepage and accumulation of gasoline, diesel fuel, oil and other toxic fluids commonly used in motor vehicles can lead to contamination of groundwater, destruction of plant life, and represents a serious fire hazard. Therefore: Vehicles must be parked on a prepared surface.
Any partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, junked, discarded or unlicensed vehicle or vessel cannot be kept on any property within the District’s boundaries.
One boat eighteen (18) feet or less in length and no more than four (4) feet in average height or one utility trailer eight (8) feet or less in length and no more than four (4) feet in average height are allowed but must be parked on the driveway.
Everyone must dispose of all garbage, rubbish and any other organic waste by placing it in garbage containers. No person shall place any garbage container in open public view for pickup earlier than twelve (12) hours prior to the designated pickup time. Garbage containers shall otherwise be kept in a secure and sanitary manner away from public view. This rule excludes multi-use dumpsters.
If you receive a warning notice:
Please contact the Sun ’n Lake Code Enforcement Department immediately to let us know how we can help you get your property into compliance. Our main goal is VOLUNTARY compliance.
Highland’s County Code Enforcement Department
Please call or email Sun ‘n Lake Code Enforcement Department and ask for more information.
Code Enforcement Office
5306 Sun ‘n Lake Blvd. Sebring, FL 33872
Bob Hilts, Code Enforcement Officer
Click Here to fill out the Security Watch Order online.
Click Here to review the Sun ‘n Lake of Sebring Improvement District, Code of Ordinances.
Click Here to see changes to the Minimum Maintenance Standards.
Download our Code Enforcement Information HERE!