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 Municode.com

 

Code Enforcement

Department Head:
Jeff Look (interim)
Contact:
Phone: 352-334-5030
Fax: 352-334-2239
codes@cityofgainesville.org
Address:
P.O. Box 490
Station 10A
32627-0490
Social:

The following sign regulations are contained in the City Code of Ordinances:

Residential Districts:
Section 30-9.5 (a) of the Code of Ordinances allows temporary signs on residential zoned properties as follows:

  • No electrical parts or usage unless ULI listed
  • Signs cannot exceed 6 square feet.
  • Maximum height is 4 feet on single family properties, 8 feet for multi-family properties which includes apartment complexes.
  • Multi-family properties can have a maximum number of 6 signs per property total including their own.
  • Setback must be 10 feet from side property lines

Non-residential Districts:
Section 30-9.5(a) of the Code of Ordinances allows temporary signs on non-residential zoned properties as follows:

  • Signs cannot exceed 32 square feet with a maximum height of 8 feet.
  • Setback must be 10 feet from side property lines
  • The maximum number of signs is 4 per property including their own

Non-residential Districts:
Section 30-9.5(a) of the Code of Ordinances allows temporary signs on non-residential zoned
properties as follows:

  • Signs cannot exceed 32 square feet with a maximum height of 8 feet.
  • Setback must be 10 feet from side property lines 
  • The maximum number of signs is 4 per property including their own

Public Right of Way:
No sign is permitted on any public right-of-way per Section 30-9.4(a) (3) of the Code of Ordinances. Such signs are subject to removal and disposal by the City of Gainesville without notice or compensation. Parties responsible for the placement of these signs are subject to Civil Citations.

Public right-of-way generally includes medians, roundabouts, and the land adjacent to streets that include public infrastructure (utility poles, water meters, traffic signal boxes, utility boxes, sidewalks, etc.).

Vision Triangle Obstructions:
Signage should be posted on private property, away from intersections so as to not impede the view of oncoming traffic.

Removal of Signs:
The City of Gainesville requires removal of signs in no more than 10 calendar days after the election.

The following University of Florida special events dates have been designated by the City Manager as exempt from the provision of City Ordinance Section 30-7.7, more commonly know as the University of Florida Athletic Association:

UF Special Event Designated Parking Exemptions for 2019-2020
 2019    
 Sat. Aug. 10 Summer Commencement Ceremonies
 Sat. Sept. 7 TN-Martin*
 Sat. Sept. 21 Tennessee*
 Sat. Sept. 28 Towson*
 Fri. Oct. 4 Homecoming Events
 Sat. Oct. 5 Auburn (HC)*
 Sat. Nov. 9 Venderbilt*
 Sat. Nov. 30 Florida State*
 Sat. - Sun. Dec. 14 - 15 Fall Commencement Ceremonies
 2020    
  Apr. (TBD) Orange & Blue Game*
Sat. - Sun.  May 2 - 3 Spring Commencement Ceremonies
 (*Football)    

UF Special Event Applications are available through the City of Gainesville Code Enforcement Division at 352-334-5030.