Code Enforcement Division

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The Code Enforcement Division works to ensure clean, safe places for people to live and work through assisting the public in achieving compliance with City codes and regulations.

The goal is to educate and seek voluntary compliance of the codes before pursuing further action when property owners are noncompliant with City codes.  This is evident by last year's success as more than 3,600 Code Enforcement cases were processed with a 99.5% voluntary compliance rate.

Persons found to be in violation of the City codes and regulations are given notification of the violation and an opportunity to correct the situation without further action.  Most complaints are resolved after the initial contact. 

If a resolution to a violation cannot be resolved at the staff level, action by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate might be warranted to pursue other avenues to force compliance. 

The Special Magistrate is empowered to hear and resolve cases brought to them by the Code Enforcement staff.  Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the City Commission Chambers at Kissimmee City Hall located at 101 Church Street, in downtown Kissimmee.

To report code violations, citizens may access the Code Enforcement Hotline at 407.518.2133 or complete and submit the Complaint Statement Form. You can also send in a complaint via email at

Below is a list of the Most Common Violations:

Lot Mowing
Property may not display an excessive amount of weeds, grass or undergrowth. This has the potential to cause fire or breed insects, rodents, snakes, and other pests.  The vegetation on an unimproved lot may not exceed 18 inches, while the grass on an improved lot may not exceed 12 inches.
Junk and Trash
Discarding debris, trash, junk, garbage, or abandoned property on any public or private property is not permitted.
Abandoned and Inoperable Vehicles
Vehicles must be operable and the person whose name appears on the registration must live in the house where the vehicle is parked. Operable means the vehicle is in driving condition. Any inoperable vehicles must be kept inside a garage.
Vehicle Repairs in Residential Districts
Only minor repairs and maintenance may be accomplished on privately registered vehicles owned by the resident of the lot and having current State of Florida license plates, or motor vehicles designated by the State of Florida qualifying for an antique designation.  Minor repairs are limited to changing and replenishment of fluid levels, such as hydraulic fluid, windshield washer fluid, and lubricating oil, the replacement of spark plus, ignition points, the rotation of tires and the checking of adequate pressure; and the replacement of drive belts and hydraulic lines, provided all repairs are completed within 7 days of commencement.  Repairs and maintenance may be performed on no more than 2 vehicles at a time.  Any other repairs are restricted to a totally enclosed building
Residential Parking
Vehicles may not be parked on the grass in the front or along the side yard of any property, except for 2 cars parked directly adjacent to the driveway in the front yard.
Address Numbers
Address numbers must be at least three inches in height.
Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicle that exceeds the 8,000 pound Gross Vehicle Weight may not be parked or stored on any lot or street in any district.
Recreational Vehicles and Boat Trailers
Each residential lot may have up to three trailers and/or recreational equipment items stored outdoors, but only one of these items may be parked in the front or along the side yards. No more than one of these items may be a motor home or a travel trailer. The parking of these items may not interfere with the use of the sidewalk or street, including obstructing visibility of intersections or driveways. The vehicle or trailer may be parked between the house and the street adjacent to the front or side of the home. In these situations, the vehicle or trailer must be parked on a paved surface.  Single paver blocks under each tire are not permitted.  If a vehicle or trailer is parked in the side yard, between two dwelling units, it is not required to be parked on a paved surface.
Business Tax Receipts (BTR)
Any person pursing trade or business, work out of their home, rent a short term dwelling, solicit or panhandle within City limits must obtain a Business Tax Receipt from both Osceola County and the City of Kissimmee prior to conducting business.  BTR’s are valid for a period of 1 year and must be renewed by paying the license tax annually by September 30.  For more information, please contact the Development Services Building Division at 407.518.2379.
Home Occupation
Certain home occupations are permitted, however; you must first apply for and be issued a City of Kissimmee Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an occupational license).
Whether you are a homeowner or a licensed contractor who wishes to construct or development within the City of Kissimmee, a permit is often required prior to starting work on your proposed project.  To find out whether your project will require a permit or for more information, please contact the Development Services Building Division at 407.518.2379.
There a multiple types of permanent (i.e. ground, wall, awning, projecting) and temporary (i.e. banners, cold air balloons, human signs) signage allowable.  These signs often require a permit and must meet certain requirements.  To find out more information, please contact the Development Services Planning Division at 407.518.2146. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    My neighbors have the same violations, why have you selected me? 
A:    The Code Enforcement Division does not conduct selective enforcement. The Officers try to cover their entire zone routinely. In addition, the officers respond to all complaints that are filed with our office. You may be unaware that the attempt to remedy a violation is already in progress. Please feel free to call the Code Enforcement Division office to inquire about a specific address.

Q:    How do I report a violation? 
A:    Call the Code Enforcement Division at 407.518-2133.  Please provide the correct address and give a brief description of the potential violation. If you choose to remain anonymous, the Code Enforcement Division will still investigate the report. You should understand that, if you do leave your name and phone number, it becomes public record and is available to any citizen for review.

Q:    What happens if it is determined that I have violated a local ordinance? 
A:    It depends on the violation. In most cases, if there is no public danger, a Notice of Violation is issued giving the resident a reasonable amount of time to comply. A Code Officer will re-inspect the property at the end of the designated compliance time. If the property is found to be in compliance, the case is closed.

Q:    What if I don’t come into compliance after receiving a Notice of Violation? 
A:    Your case could be presented to the Code Enforcement Board or you could be issued a Citation. The Code Enforcement Board has the power to issue fines if you are found guilty of violating an ordinance. If a citation is issued, you could be required to appear in County Court before an Osceola County Judge.

If the City of Kissimmee is forced to complete any work that will bring your property into compliance, you will be billed for that work and a lien can be filed against your property if payment is not received.

Q:    I received a notice of violation on a house that I own, but I rent this property to a tenant. Why don’t you issue the notice to the tenant? 
A:    In most cases, the tenant was issued a Notice of Violation, and you, as the property owner would have 
been notified of the violation via certified mail. As the property owner, you are legally responsible for any violations of City ordinances. If your tenant does not come into compliance, you could be held responsible and the case could be presented to the Code Enforcement Board or a citation could be issued.

Q:    How will I know that my complaint was acted upon? 
A:    If you have registered a complaint and do not see any action, please call the Code Enforcement Division and the office staff will gladly check the computer records and update you on the status of the investigation.

Q:    This seems like a waste of tax dollars. Why don’t you go after “real criminals?” 
A:    The Code Enforcement Division exists to protect the quality of life of all residents in the City of Kissimmee. It has a different purpose than law enforcement. Code Enforcement helps maintain property values and improves areas that have become blighted with debris, overgrowth or graffiti. Areas that have become blighted are more likely to have a higher crime rate than those areas that are well maintained and free from Code violations.