CITY OF SANGER CODE ENFORCEMENT
The City of Sanger operates in compliance with hundreds of written codes that are designed to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment and preserve the quality of life standards that the residents and businesses enjoy in our community.
There are many types of codes: City Codes, Fire Codes, Uniform Building Codes, Uniform Housing Codes, Zoning Codes, Vehicle Codes and Health & Safety Codes. Code Enforcement deals with all these codes and works closely with all departments in the City. To be effective and efficient, code enforcement also needs the cooperation of residents and businesses.
Because there are so many codes, many involving complex, technical or legal issues, residents frequently have questions about code enforcement and their role in making Sanger a better place to live and work. The following information will answer the most frequently asked questions about code enforcement.
The City of Sanger has 4 part time officers who work no more than 19 hrs. per week. These officers are well trained and have received their P.C. 832 class through the Police Academy. We are committed to improving and cleaning neighborhoods to protect property values and provide a healthy and safe environment for all citizens of Sanger.
The code enforcement process is typically initiated in a couple of ways: 1) observation of a code violation by C/E Officer; 2) in response to a complaint by an individual.
Code Enforcement relies on residents to help identify possible code violations, such as:
- Illegal signs
- Graffiti on public or private property
- Portable basketball hoops on streets or sidewalks
- Illegal dumping of trash and debris
- Abandoned and/or inoperable vehicles
- Overgrown weeds and vegetation.
- Large commercial vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods.
- Vehicles parked on sidewalks
- Vehicles parked on front lawns or unimproved surfaces in a residential zone.
- Abandoned / Vacant houses and lots
A complaint about a possible code violation can be made by notifying the appropriate City department, calling the Code Enforcement office at 876-6300 or in person at our office, located at the Administrative Building 1700 7th Street or by e-mail. In an average year Code Enforcement receives several hundred complaints related to possible code violations.
Please be prepared with specific information, such as the address of the property, a short description of the possible violation. Complaints may be made anonymously, however, this may restrict Code Enforcement ability to do a follow-up on the complaint or our ability to obtain additional information that we might need to resolve the situation. Information leading to the identity and apprehension of a person who defaces any building or property with graffiti in the City of Sanger may qualify for a monetary reward by calling Code Enforcement at 876-6300 or the Ask Sanger Hotline 876-CITY.
Code Enforcement tries to respond to all complaints within 24hrs, however, some situations that may arise that pose a serious risk to health and safety are given priority and may delay in responding to some complaints.
For all types of code complaints, the first step in addressing the complaint is personal contact by an officer to ascertain if a code violation actually exists, and if so, try to get resolution voluntarily. If the individual responsible for the violation is not available or appears unwilling to voluntarily correct the code violation in a timely manner, a written notice will be sent or a citation may be issued if the person responsible has been warned in the past. The City may also take court action if the individual has ignored all previous notices.
In most cases, the individual responsible for the code violation is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the situation and comply with the code without any penalty. If the correction is not made, then the individual may be cited and administration fees assessed.