Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Division's Vision:   We are dedicated to partnering with our citizens to improve the livability, health and safety of our community.  

Our Mission:  Empowering our citizens to enhance our community through education, outreach and voluntary compliance with every interaction.

The Code Enforcement Division enforces:

  • Housing and Commercial Building Codes (Chapter 13)
  • Landlord License Codes (Chapter 14.5)
  • Nuisance Codes (Chapter 16)
  • Abandoned Vehicles on private property (Chapter 26)
  • Land Development Code (Chapter 30)
  • Graffiti (Chapter 13)

The City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances are maintained online via


 UF 2017-2018 Yard Parking Exemptions
 Apr. 7  Sat.    Orange & Blue Debut*
 Apr. 28 - 30  Fri. - Sun.    Spring Commencement Ceremonies
 Aug. 5  Sat.    Summer Commencement Ceremonies
 Sept. 9  Sat.    North Colorado Bears*
 Sept. 16  Sat.    Tennessee Volunteers*
 Sept. 30  Sat.    Vanderbilt Commodores*
 Oct. 6  Fri.    Homecoming*
 Oct. 7  Sat.    LSU Tigers*
 Oct. 14  Sat.    Texas A&M Aggies*
 Nov. 18  Sat.    UAB Blazers*
 Nov. 25  Sat.    Florida State Seminoles*
 Dec. 15-16  Fri. - Sat.    Fall Commencement Ceremonies
 Apr. (TBD)  Sat.    Orange & Blue Debut*
 May 4 - 6  Fri. - Sun.    Spring Commencement Ceremonies
 Aug. 11  Sat.    Summer Commencement Ceremonies

Game Day Yard Parking Permit Information & Requirement in Residential Neighborhoods

  • Renters offering parking must provide a permission letter from the homeowner

  • The cost is $58.00 per year, good for the period August 1 - July 31

  • Applications are available online or they can be picked up at the Code Enforcement Division, Thomas Center B, Room 158, 306 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, (352) 334-5030

  • Paid parking is allowed only on the special events listed above, as designated by the City of Gainesville.

  • Parking is allowed only on the day of the event starting at 8 AM and ending at midnight, or 3 hours after the end of the event, whichever is later

  • One temporary, on-site sign advertising parking is allowed

  • All trash, signs, and other items must be removed by 6 PM the day after the event

  • Parking is allowed only on private property and shall not extend into any public area

  • The permit must be displayed conspicuously through each event.

On April 17, 2014, the City of Gainesville adopted new parking regulations for College Park and University Heights. For the full version of the adopted ordinance please visit and select “Municipal Code” found under the Government tab or contact the Code Enforcement Division.  The Ordinance No. is 120908.

In June, 2014, an information packet which included the parking plan application was mailed to all affected property owners.  Parking plans are to be returned to the City of Gainesville Code Enforcement Division no later than August 1, 2014. Once the parking plan is approved, the plan is to be implemented within 90 days. The parking plan should clearly show:

  • The location and extent of the proposed parking area;
  • A general circulation plan showing how vehicles will safely access the parking are from a legal driveway connection; and
  • The location and type of borders and parking area coverage materials to be uses.

Drawings do not need to be professionally done but they must be completed in a manner that will allow the reviewer to clearly understand the aforementioned details. Different options are available for parking areas consisting of 1-4 spaces and those that have 5 or more spaces. Those who feel they have an existing parking area that meets the conditions provided will need to return a completed parking plan application demonstrating that the parking area includes the bulleted items above.

For questions, please feel free to contact the Code Enforcement Division at (352) 334-5030 or

Chicken Keeping

Effective November 21, 2013, Sec.30-124, the keeping of chickens is allowed by right as an accessory use to any single-family dwelling in the following residential zone districts:  RSF-1, RSF-2, RSF-3, RSF-4, and RC; subject to the following conditions:

  1. No more than ten (10) chickens are allowed;
  2. Roosters of any age (and generally characterized by an ability to crow) and any other crowing chickens are prohibited;
  3. Chickens shall at all times be kept in the rear yard in either a fenced area or covered enclosure;
  4. Covered enclosures shall meet the setback requirements for an accessory structure in the applicable zoning district;
  5. Feed shall be kept in rodent-proof and raccoon-proof enclosed containers;
  6. The area in which the chickens are kept shall be maintained in a sanitary condition, including the regular removal of chicken manure;
  7. Odors from chicken-keeping shall not be detectable at property boundaries, and
  8. Chicken products and/or by-products shall not be sold on the property.

Code Enforcement

Department Head:
Jeff Look (interim)
Phone: 352-334-5030
Fax: 352-334-2239
P.O. Box 490
Station 10A