Code Compliance

The Code Compliance Department is responsible for enforcing many City ordinances including, but not limited to, the Zoning Ordinance; landscaping and Tree Ordinance; Property Maintenance Ordinance; Soil and Sediment Control Ordinance, Illicit Discharge Ordinance; Development Regulations; Littering, and condemnation of unsafe structures.

Compliance of all City Codes and Ordinances usually begins with a written Notice of Violation provided to the owner and/or occupant. The notice is sent certified mail to the owner of the property. 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 email James Sampson @ jsamson@stmarysga.gov. All ordinances can be found at https://library.municode.com/ga/st._marys/codes/code_of_ordinances
 
If you would like to see when your area is being patrolled, the Code Compliance patrol map is broken up by the days  of the week and is located here https://stmarysga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fb038b95f4f4413aaddc6ada5466b02a.  Simply click the layer that is called Code Enforcment Patrol Areas. 

Some of the most common reported violations include:
 
Abandoned/junk vehicles
Accumulation of trash and debris
Illegal dumping and littering
Illegal 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