The Code Enforcement Process
The Loudon County Planning and Codes Enforcement process is a system for constituents to file complaints regarding violations of the Loudon County Zoning Resolution.
Once the complaint is received, the following steps occur:
- The complaint is entered, printed, and assigned to an inspector.
- The inspector then inspects the property thoroughly for the violations reported, as well as any other violations seen.
- Property owner research is conducted and a notice of violation is typed and mailed to that property owner.
- Upon receipt of the notice of violation, the owner will have twenty (20) days to comply or appeal the violation.
- For follow-up, the property is reinspected, or the owner is given an extension.
- If the property is in compliance, the process is finished. If the property is not in compliance, see step 7. In some cases a citation is issued, or a warrant is placed and the case is prepared for court.
- If the violation of these regulations is not remedied within twenty (20) days or an appeal filed by the property owner, the Planning and Codes Enforcement Office will contract with a private contractor or public entity to remedy the violation. The property owner(s) will be notified of the cost by certified mail or public notification if the whereabouts of the owner are unknown. If the owner fails to reimburse the cost of removal (including publication and recording expense) within 60 days from the date of notification or publication of a legal notice, the County shall file a Notice of Lien against the property with the Loudon County Register of Deeds.s
If the lien is not satisfied within one year of the recording date, the property shall be sold by the County to satisfy the lien.
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