Code Compliance

The Code Compliance is responsible for enforcing many ordinances including, but not limited to, the Zoning Ordinance; Buffer, Landscape and Tree Ordinance; Property Maintenance Ordinance; Soil and Sediment Control Ordinance, Illicit Discharge Ordinance; Development Regulations; Building Codes.

Enforcement of all City Codes and Ordinances usually begins with a written Notice of Violation provided to the owner and/or occupant. The Notice shall be posted at the property or sent via mail. The notice shall contain a deadline of no more than thirty (30) days for compliance. If the violation continues past the deadline, the Compliance Officer will issue a citation for appearance in St Marys Municipal Court. If you have a complaint please emails James Sampson @ jsamson@stmarysga.gov. All ordnances can be found at https://library.municode.com/ga/st._marys/codes/code_of_ordinances

Some of the most common reported violations include:
 
Abandoned/junk vehicles
Accumulation of trash and debris
llegal dumping and littering
llegal signs
Illegal cutting of trees
Illegal home occupation
Overgrown grass/weeds
Zoning and permit violations
Fences or walls in disrepair
Open and outdoor storage
Building or demolition without a permit
Erosion control
Land disturbance

Dilapidated structures
Parking of boats, RV's and oversized commerical trucks