Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is One of the Primary Responsibilities of a City

Code enforcement is one of the primary responsibilities of a City.  State Code, Chapter 364. The Bloomfield Code of Ordinances in chapters 50, and 51 define what constitutes nuisances, and how they must be addressed.  The definition of a nuisance in Chapter 50 defines a nuisance as “Whatever is injurious to health, indecent, or unreasonable offensive to the senses or an obstruction to the free use of property so as essentially interfere unreasonably with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is a nuisance”.  Our Code addresses tall grass, junk vehicles, trash and debris, and dilapidated structures. Tall grass however is the most common nuisance.  

When notifying a property owner, you may also need to notify deed and contract  holders as well.  I use a template for my letters and identify Code which speaks to Chapter 50.  Chapter 51 addressees junk vehicles.  The letter identifies a time period for which the nuisance must be abated, and states in part “…the City of Bloomfield may take whatever action is available to abate this nuisance…”.  It is important to note if the owner ignores the letter and fails to address the nuisance, the City would (with tall grass for instance) assess the costs associated with mowing the property, and assess the costs to the property owner(s).  

It is important to note nuisance abatement falls into two categories.  The first is the administrative process which consists of notifying people by letter of a nuisance. This is usually tall grass, weeds or garbage. If the owner or occupant fails to mow tall grass the City of Bloomfield proceeds to cut tall grass and weeds and bill at a rate of $75.00 an hour with a minimum charge of $75.00.  If a third notice is ignored, a fee of $250.00 is applied.  Municipal infractions are more serious and compel owner(s) of junk vehicles, and dangerous buildings.  If a person fails to respond or ignores the tall grass/weed notice, the City will contract or undertake mowing tall grass and weeds costs are attached to the owners’ property taxes.  

When tall grass, or weeds are cited or reported, we take every effort to make personal contact with the occupant or owner, and explain the nuisance and what can be done to address the problem.  Should citizens see a nuisance please do not hesitate to contact city hall at 641-664-2260.