Building Code Violation Attorneys
Like other Florida cities, Gainesville has building codes that construction companies are required to follow. Code violations often lead to citations from the city. And even when no citations are issued, code enforcement lawsuits may still be brought against the alleged violator. There are ways to fight code enforcement, particularly in cases of demonstrable harassment or discrimination. However, dealing with code violations can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even bewildering, not to mention expensive.
If you are cited or sued for code violations, let the attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. deal with the city or plaintiffs for you. Because our construction law attorneys in Gainesville, FL, are up-to-date on the latest building codes, ordinances, and zoning laws that affect local contractors and construction firms, we can determine when and how to mount a proper defense to alleged code violations. Contact our construction law firm today to discuss your case.
Who Inspects Construction Projects In North Central Florida?
Building codes are ordinances, regulations, and laws created by government legislatures to ensure building safety. Some codes address construction techniques and building materials, while others deal with health conditions in or around physical structures. In Gainesville, building code inspections are performed by the Building Inspection Department. The Code Enforcement Division handled building codes and has jurisdiction over housing and commercial building codes (Chapter 13) and land development codes (Chapter 30), among other city ordinances.
For a complete list of local building codes, review the City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances. Other cities in North Central Florida have their own departments responsible for building inspections or code enforcement. But rather than your company devote time poring over city directories to the find right bureaucratic entities, turn over the case to a code violation attorney who knows which departments to contact and can advocate effectively on your behalf.
Additionally, some building codes are straightforward, but others feature language so esoteric that it confounds even experienced contractors. Misinterpretations of building code can also be expensive lessons in terms of building code violation fines. So, if you have questions about building codes, it is also advisable to consult a construction law attorney before starting a project, rather than to proceed and end up receiving a citation.
What Are Some Common Building Code Violations?
Building code violations can be reported by building inspectors or concerned third parties. Common code violations in Gainesville include building without a permit, open or unsecured buildings, sign violations, yard parking, and commercial vehicles in residential areas.
Building inspectors may also find specific violations related to construction materials or electrical or plumbing systems. Examples of common building violations are missing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) on electrical outlets, improperly mounted bathroom vents that do not reach outside and misplaced smoke alarms. Some code violations pertain to the minutia of construction designs, such as handrails that are in violation because the ends don’t return (attach) to the walls.
After a code violation is alleged, the city opens a code enforcement case. Some cases are dismissed, others require the violator to first mitigate the infraction, while some cases result in fines or even litigation. At any stage of the code-enforcement process, a building code violation attorney can step in on your behalf to defend from a citation, fine, or lawsuit. It is typically advisable to bring on a construction lawyer earlier rather than later, though, to provide time for an adequate defense.
Why You Need Our Gainesville Code Violation Attorneys
Not only can building code violation fines harm the profitability of a project, but citations can also hurt your company’s reputation. The building code violation lawyers at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. understand the local ordinances that construction firms deal with, and they can provide effective defenses for alleged code violations. Contact us today to receive a free case evaluation.