Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement

Mission Statement

The mission of Hardee County Code Enforcement is to provide outstanding code enforcement services to the citizens of and visitors to Hardee County. We are committed to doing our part to ensure Hardee County is a safe, attractive, community and seek to encourage property owners and tenants to take pride in their property. Our purpose is to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Hardee County through an effective code enforcement program by working with them to achieve code compliance. We are also committed to professional code enforcement that is responsive to our citizens and will provide them with guidance for the resolution of problems and assistance through a process that, at times, may appear complicated and confusing.

Code Enforcement is responsible for addressing codes that violate public health and safety issues, including but not limited to, regulations related to the Hardee County Land Development Code, rubbish, garbage, vegetation, zoning, dangerous buildings, Minimum Housing Code, inoperable vehicles, and various county ordinances. The following are a few of the most common code violations:

Hardee County Land Development Codes

Statute Hardee County Land Development Codes
2.09.00 Unauthorized farm animals in the zoning district(chickens allowed in Ag and Farm Districts )
2.13.00 Junk/Trash/Debris (any untidy accumulation of objects )
2.13.00 Vegetation Height in Excess of 12” for the zoning district
2.14.00 Dilapidated Structure
2.15.00 Loud/Raucous Noise
2.27.00 Inoperable/Unlicensed Vehicle; more than 3 in AG/A1, 1 in Res.
2.30.00 (F ) Occupancy of Accessory Structure
2.30.00 (H ) Use of Mobile Home/RV for storage
3.11.02 (C ) Occupancy of Recreational Vehicle
4.03.00 Unauthorized Signs


Statute Florida Building Code
105.5 Construction without Permits
101.6 Failure to Maintain (paint, windows, screens, roof )


Statute International Property Maintenance Code
307.2.2 Appliances Outside

The following items are some examples of junk, trash, and debris that ARE NOT permitted:

  • Old furniture (chairs, couches, etc. )
  • Old appliances (washers, ranges, etc. )
  • Old tires
  • debris of any kind (tree limbs, trash, etc. )
  • yard trash or litter (any untidy accumulation of objects, such as buckets, coolers, aluminum cans, tarps, mattress, bed frames, old lumber, old metal, any thing old and not in use. )
  • lumber/wood must be stacked neatly on the property.

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Contact Information

  • Ladonna Perry - Office Manager
  • Jim Wells - Code Enforcement Officer

401 West Main Street
Wauchula, FL 33873

Office Phone (863 ) 773-3236
Fax (863 ) 767-0360

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.