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Code Enforcement Division
Community Development Department

Code Enforcement Division
Community Development Department

Winter Garden City Hall
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Code Enforcement Main Line
Phone: 407.877.5136


Stephen Pash
Community Development Manager
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 2292

Code Compliance

Clayton Krater
Code Compliance
407.656.4111 ext. 5424

Thomas Knappman
Code Compliance
407.656.4111 ext. 4001


The CODE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION ensures compliance with the City's codes and ordinances relating to:

  • Minimum Housing Standards
  • Yard Maintenance Standards
  • Junk, Trash and Debris Removal
  • Zoning Enforcement
  • Minimum Maintenance Standards for Commercial Properties
  • Illegal Signage
  • Disabled and Inoperable Vehicles
  • News-Rack Placement

Violators are provided time to correct violations and administrative hearings are scheduled for those that are not corrected. The Division's Code Enforcement Officers are each responsible for different areas/districts of the city.

Did You Know?

The most common code violations are:

  • Illegal parking of inoperable vehicles
  • Failure to mow the lawn
  • Junk and trash removal

Any structural repairs, re-roofing and most plumbing and electrical work require a permit.

Any business located within the city limits requires City and Orange County Business Tax receipt (Occupational Licenses).

A setback is a required between the property line and sheds, air conditioner units, RVs, boats, etc.

The City may clean/clear vacant lots after the required legal notification is made to the property owner.

The City may demolish unsafe residential buildings under the Standard Housing Code.

Code Enforcement Officers routinely attend neighborhood association meetings to explain code requirements. If you would like an officer at your next meeting, please call 407.877.5136

Common Violations

Disabled/Inoperable Vehicles

A disabled/inoperable vehicle is a vehicle that does not display a current license tag and/or is not equipped with all parts that are required to legally and safely operate on public streets and/or can not be driven under its own power. Disabled/inoperable vehicles cannot be stored except in a fully enclosed, legally constructed building.

Open Storage

Open storage is prohibited. Generally, any equipment, materials or furnishings that would ordinarily not be used outdoors may not be stored outdoors. For example, you may not keep indoor furniture, household appliances, autoparts or building materials outside.

Minimum Housing Standards

All wood, siding, shingles, roof covering, railings, walls, ceilings, porches, doors, windows, screens and any other exterior parts of residential structures must be maintained in weather-tight, rodent proof, sound condition and in good repair. Interior walls, ceilings, floors, doors and hardware must be in sound condition and in good repair. Electrical, heating and plumbing fixtures shall be installed in accordance with local codes and maintained in good and safe repair.

Yard Maintenance Standards

Yard maintenance includes any untended growth in excess and maintenance of plant material in any right-of-way abutting the property.

Junk, Trash &Amp; Debris

Junk, trash and debris are prohibited from being left in the yard and must be disposed of properly. This includes, but is not limited to, junk, auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, tires, trash such as discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, etc., and debris such as tree trimmings and fallen limbs.

Prohibited Businesses

Most businesses are not allowed to operate in residential areas as they disrupt residents and neighborhoods. This means that car and boat repairs, construction of cabinets and furniture and other activities that are not normally carried on in a residential district are prohibited. Remember, engaging in a business requires a local business tax receipt.


The sign regulations deal with prohibited signs, abandoned conforming and non-conforming signs, and signs placed within public rights-of-way. Signage prohibited by the sign regulations includes, but is not limited to, banners, pennants, streamers, balloons, and fluttering devices designed to attract attention, portable signs, temporary point of purchase signs, and signs on vehicles.
Chapter 102 SIGNS

Commercial Vehicles/Equipment

It is unlawful for any person to park any commercial vehicle, such as semi-trucks and/or trailers, either as one unit or separately, wreckers, tow trucks, box trucks, dump trucks, bucket trucks and the like, in any residentially zoned areas within the city. The parking or storage of construction equipment is also prohibited in residentially zoned areas except on property where the sale, rental, servicing or storage of construction equipment is a conditional use or on property where a building permit has been issued and construction is actually in progress.


Motor homes, campers, boats, trailers, etc. may be parked upon the owner's own residential premises as long as they are within applicable setbacks and are not parked in the front yards, street side yards or public rights-of-way.