Code Enforcement Mission Statement
Welcome to our website, a portal to understanding our role in strengthening communities. Our office, in concert with the Mayor and Board, works diligently to improve the quality of life in Islandia through the proactive enforcement of laws and codes, such as the Property Maintenance code, Residential code, Fire code and the Islandia Village code to name a few. Paramount to our mission is our goal of making Islandia a desirable place to live and work as well as a memorable place for tourists to visit. Please take a moment and visit the many pages on our site. If you have concerns or suggestions that can help improve your neighborhood or community, let us know. Working together to improve the quality of life for all is a partnership. Welcome to the Village of Islandia.
About Code Enforcement
The Village of Islandia operates in compliance with hundreds of written codes that are designed to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment, carry out land use policy, and preserve the quality of life standards that residents and businesses enjoy in our community.
There are many types of codes: Village codes, fire codes, uniform building codes, zoning ordinances, vehicle codes and penal codes. Code enforcement is a responsibility shared by staff of several departments in the Village of Islandia. 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 Islandia Village a better place to live and work. The following information will answer the most frequently asked questions about code enforcement in our community.
How are codes enforced?
The code enforcement process is typically initiated in several ways: 1) observation of a code violation by Village staff as they patrol the community and do their jobs ; 2) as a consequence of an action (for example, an application for a building permit or request for a zoning variance) ; or 3) in response to a complaint by an individual.
The Village relies on residents to help identify possible code violations, particularly in these areas:
Illegal signs such as business flyers
Illegal dumping of garbage and debris
Abandoned and/or inoperable vehicles
Illegal dumping of oils, and other hazardous materials, into storm drains
Graffiti on public or private property
Tall grass on properties
Commercial vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods
Illegal accessory apartments and/or rental homes with out permits
How do I contact the Village about a possible code violation?
A complaint about a possible code violation is made by letter, telephone, email, or in person to the appropriate Village department. Fill out our online contact form. In an average year, the Village receives several hundred complaints related to possible code enforcement violations.
Please be prepared with specific information, such as the address of the property, detailed description of the situation, and the length of time you have observed the situation.
What is the procedure for following up on possible code violations?
Village staff responds to code enforcement complaints according to the impact of the violation on the community. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health and safety are given top priority; others are pursued in the order in which they are received.
For all types of code complaints, the first step in the follow-up procedure is personal contact by a Village staff member to ascertain if a code violation exists, and to request remediation. If the individual responsible for the situation is not available, or appears unwilling to voluntarily correct the code violation in a timely manner, a notice of violation or a citation may be issued. The Village may also take court action id the situation poses a significant risk to the community or if the individual has ignored previous notices / citations.
What penalties result from code violations?
In many cases, the individual responsible for the code violation is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the situation and comply with current codes without a penalty. If the correction is not made, then the individual may be subject to fines and other penalties.
To report a home in violation of Village code, please complete and submit the form below. Place your contact information in the fields marked COMPLAINANT and the address for the home in violation of codes in the area marked CASE. All information provided is kept confidential. Providing your name and contact number will allow Village investigators to follow up with you the results of your complaint and/ or ask for more information regarding your complaint.
How to contact us
The offices of Public Safety, Division of Code Enforcement are open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (except holidays).