INSPECTION AND NOTIFICATION PROCESS
The inspector conducts an investigation of the property to determine whether or not a code violation exists that is enforceable under one of the Parish’s ordinance. If a code violation is verified, a warning notification of the violation is served upon all owners requesting the violation be corrected within a specified time frame. At the end of this period, the inspector will inspect the property to determine whether or not the violation has been corrected. If the violation has not been corrected, a second notice will be served, requesting the violation be corrected within a specified time frame. A final inspection is then conducted, and if the property owner has not requested an extension of time, a civil petition will be filed in the 40th Judicial District Court seeking a judgment allowing the Parish to correct the violation at the owners’ expense. Extensions of time to correct the violations are limited and require a plan of abatement and continuous progress.
ABATEMENT AND BILLING PROCEDURE
The objective in code enforcement is the abatement of the code violation. If the property owner fails to correct the violation on his/her own, the Parish may elect to abate the violation at the property owner’s expense.
When the Parish expends any funds in the abatement of any nuisance, the Parish shall notify the person against whose property the costs were incurred. The property owner shall have 30 days from the mailing of said notice within which to pay the costs of abatement to St. John the Baptist Parish Council. If the person so notified fails to pay the costs of the abatement within 30 days, the Parish shall immediately, assess a lien against the property.
WHAT IS A CODE VIOLATION?
The code enforcement department enforces code violations on public and private property. Below are some examples of the types of problems we can handle:
- Tall grass, weeds
- Trash, debris, rubbish or refuse
- Vehicles - junk, inoperable, abandoned
- Unoccupied dangerous buildings/structures
WHAT IS NOT A CODE VIOLATION?
There are some neighborhood problems that do not fall under our jurisdiction. As such, we cannot handle neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law.
Also, we cannot handle complaints that a condition is ugly or unattractive. Ugly, unattractive cars, trucks, RV’s or boats do not constitute a code violation unless they are inoperable. Vehicles or boats parked on a driveway, unless inoperable, would not be a code violation.
Often a neighbor’s tree or other plantings may drop leaves or debris in your yard, or may cause damage to a fence or other structure. Irrigation water may also run from one property to another. These conditions are private matters between the two property owners and the Code Enforcement Department has no jurisdiction.