CODE COMPLIANCE PROCESS
In an ongoing effort to ensure that we have a clean and safe environment in which to live, the Code Compliance Office regularly inspects properties throughout Aztec. When violations are observed the Code Compliance process begins.
When violations are observed on a property the Code Compliance Officer photographs the problem areas and gathers additional information. A letter is then sent to the property owner of record as a Courtesy Notice. This is not a citation. This notice provides the property owner with a specific period of time (window of compliance) to bring the property into compliance with City Code. At the end of that time, if the property has been brought into compliance the owner will receive a postcard thanking them for their efforts.
If the property is not in compliance at the end of the specified compliance period, a second letter (with photographs of the violation areas) will be issued to the property owner, informing them of the City's intent to issue a citation if the violations are not corrected. This Intent Notice establishes a second window of compliance. This is not a citation. At the end of that time, if the property has been brought into compliance the owner will receive a postcard thanking them for their efforts.
If the property is still not in compliance after the expiration of the second deadline a criminal citation will be issued by the Code Compliance Officer for violation of Aztec City Code. In the case that the property owner cannot be contacted, a criminal complaint will be filed with the Municipal Court. The court will then proceed with setting a hearing date and informing the property owner of this date.
The Goal = Compliance
Criminal Citations are considered a last resort. Our goal is to bring properties into compliance, and this usually happens without having to issue a citation or summons. We encourage any resident or property owner that is struggling to meet the compliance dates sent in the letters to contact the Code Compliance Office so that we can work with you. If you have questions or concerns about what you need to do to meet code requirements please contact the office so that we can provide guidance. Thank you for your help in making Aztec a safer, more beautiful place to live.
Section 1-12 of City Code (PDF 285 KB)
outlines the fines and fees associated with violations. Fines for Code Compliance violations are set at the hearing, and are punishable by up to $500.00 in fines, and or 90 days in jail. The exception is a violation of Section 14-28 for an Abandoned, Wrecked, Dismantled or Inoperative Motor Vehicles, where the fine is set at $100.
MORE DETAILS and ASSISTANCE
⇩ Campaign Signs (PDF 29 KB)
With elections just around the corner, please read this excerpt from Sign Code regarding campaign signs.
⇩ City Code Chapter 14 - Nuisances (PDF 125 KB)
View the regulations regarding nuisances and what code compliance enforces.
⇩ City Code Section 1-12 - Fine Schedule (PDF 196 KB)
Fines if summoned to court.
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➠ San Juan Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area
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