The Code Enforcement Board is established under Chapter 162 of the Florida State Statutes and for the City of Bartow under the Unified Land Development Regulations Section 8.03.03 and Resolution No. 3134-R on December 2, 1996. The Board was established to enforce the provision of the city codes to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Bartow by providing and equitable, expeditious, effective and inexpensive method of enforcing the Land Development Code and City Code of the City of Bartow. The Board is comprised of seven (7) members with two (2) alternates who have staggered three-year terms. The members shall experience or an interest in zoning and building control and shall whenever possible consist of an architect, a businessperson, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor, and a realtor. The Board meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall. Members of this Board must file an annual Statement of Financial Interests required by the State Statute Section 112.3145. There is no special education or training to hold a position on this board; however members of the board are encouraged to attend training as it becomes available.
City Ordinance Chapter 38, 171-179 “YEAR-ROUND WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES AND WATER SHORTAGE ORDINANCE” was enacted 10/01/07 for the enforcement of water restrictions. Only warnings have been issued so far. However, The City of Bartow Code Enforcement is now issuing violation notices pursuant to the ordinance. The penalty for violation of the city ordinance is:
First violation - $ 50.00
Second violation - $ 75.00
Third violation - $100.00
Fourth violation - $150.00
Fifth violation - $200.00
Sixth & subsequent violations - $300.00
The restrictions in place are those set by Southwest Water Management District (SWFWMD). You can find the current water restrictions on the SWFWMD website. You can find the ordinance in its entirety on the City of Bartow’s website.
If you have any questions or wish to report a violation you may contact the Code Enforcement office at 534-0100 or Bartow Police Department Communications at 534-5034.