Code Compliance

In an effort to keep our community attractive and encourage high property values, continual patrols by Code Compliance personnel are intended to insure that residents and business owners comply with codes and ordinances of the Town. At the present time, the Town has two Code Compliance Officers. The Code Officers regularly patrol the Town, research complaints, and enforce building and zoning codes. Code compliance assistance may be obtained by calling the office at 305-993-1786. 

You may also contact our officers directly:

Code Compliance Officer Evelyn Merizalde at (786) 256-4347 for matters in the Business District and properties located on the East and West Islands South of Kane Concourse.

Code Compliance Officer Scherrie Griffin at (786) 792-9619 for properties located on the East and West Islands North of Kane Concourse.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Code Compliance Department is to promote voluntary compliance with the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. We achieve this goal by vigilantly monitoring the appearance of our community and taking appropriate action as necessary. Our department serves our community further by educating our citizens and visitors alike in public safety issues; further, we work together with other agencies to help maintain the quality of life of this vibrant community.

Enforced Requirements

The complete Code of Ordinances of the Town may be accessed at Municipal Code Corporation, but the following is a sample of some of the Code requirements enforced by our Code Compliance Department:

  • Animal Control - The Town code requires that all dogs, when not on the premises of the owner or the person in control of the dog, must be on a leash under control of a competent person. Furthermore, it is unlawful for any person in control of any dog to fail to remove fecal matter of the dog from any public property or any private property not belonging to the owner or person having custody of the dog.
  • Any deteriorated items, such as: 
    • Any Deteriorated Part of Structures to the Extent It Causes a Blight on the Neighborhood or Endangers Life or Property
    • Driveways
    • Exterior Doors
    • Exterior Paint
    • Fascia Boards
    • Fences
    • Garbage Containers
    • Landscaping
    • Parking Areas
    • Railings
    • Roofs
    • Screens
    • Shutters
    • Swimming Pools and Pool Area
    • Windows
  • Eyesore or areas of blight, such as litter or junk storage on property that is within view of the public or neighboring properties.
  • Eyesore Vehicles - Town Code prohibits "eyesore" vehicles and such vehicles can be ticketed or removed by the Town after proper notice. An eyesore vehicle is defined as: wrecked, or partially dismantled, rusted through the metal, has missing or broken body parts, has parts attached with or covered by tape, unrepaired damage over 10% or more of the vehicle, or perhaps is covered with more than three different colors of paint.
  • Noise Regulations - Construction, and other types of noises, are allowed on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Construction is not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays unless special approval is received by the Town Manager prior to the work being done. To receive an application to perform work after these hours, contact the Building Department at 305-993-1786.
  • Seawalls and Docks - The Town Council recently commissioned an engineering inspection to identify deficiencies as well as assess the condition of seawalls and docks in the Town. The report covered the Causeway Island, East Island and West Island and it categorized each seawall as good, satisfactory, fair, poor, serious or critical.  You will be receiving a letter from the Town’s Code Compliance Department advising you of your property’s condition. Depending on the condition of your seawall and/or dock, a more detailed inspection and repairs might be recommended.  To find out more information about the inspection process employed and to see the total results of all properties involved, you may download a copy of the complete report by clicking the link below:

    Seawall Condition and Resiliency Assessment Report