‘Dirty Dozen’ Code Violations.
This is a list of the 12 most common code violations.
1. Construction Site Management:
Bradenton Beach Code states it is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain the construction sites in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition so as to not endanger the public health, safety or welfare and natural resources. Typical construction site management requirements are listed below:
- Trash, litter and debris on construction sites must be contained.
- Silt/sediment fences are to be properly supported at all times to protect adjacent properties and water bodies, including man made canals and all other waterways from discharges of soil, sediment, or construction related material from the site. These fences are to be maintained in good condition for the duration of the project, up to and including final landscaping and soil stabilization.
- Dewatering activities require that ground water to be directed into an outside settling basin or otherwise filtered before discharge off-site. Off-site discharge shall be directed to an approved surface water management system during construction and also upon final grading of the project site. The contractor is responsible for removal of any silt, debris, and dirt that accumulates within the city’s stormwater management system, including swales, stormwater retention lakes, ponds, canals and waterways.
2. Work Without Permits:
Bradenton Beach Code states that many property improvements, including accessory structures, decks, fences, pools, a/c unit change outs and windows require permits to ensure projects are built to meet safety standards and ensure quality development. Permits acquired after construction begins are subject to a fine which triples the normal permit fee.
3. Overgrown Conditions (Public Nuisance):
Bradenton Beach Code states that all premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds including all noxious weeds. Excessive growth or accumulation of weeds, grass or other similar plant materials, reaching a height of twelve (12) inches or more on any underdeveloped property and seven (7) or more on developed property within the City is declared to be and constitute a public nuisance and shall be prohibited. All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation.
4. Stairways, decks, porches, fence, balconies, handrails, windows, skylights and door frames:
The Bradenton Beach Code states in part that every exterior of a structure and all appurtenances attached thereto shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound with proper anchorage and capable of supporting the imposed loads so as not to pose a threat to public health, safety and welfare.
5. Accumulation of Rubbish & Garbage:
Bradenton Beach Code states that it is a public nuisance for any owner or occupant to allow the accumulation, abandonment or storage of trash, rubbish or junk on private or public property. These conditions affect public health and result in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
6. Right-of-Way Obstructions:
Bradenton Beach Code does not allow objects to obstruct the full and free use of the public right-of-way, including signs*, vegetation, parked vehicles and recreational vehicles, as these violations pose safety and welfare threats.
*Signs. The Code defines the design standards and even time limits for posting of signage as these types of violations can create blight and traffic safety issues. Different requirements are establish for both permanent and temporary signs.
7. Inoperable Vehicles:
Bradenton Beach Code states that inoperable vehicles, boats, and other recreational vehicles, including any unlicensed vehicles, boats and trailers may not be kept in any residential-zoned area. It refers to any vehicle that is in an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, scrapped, junked or partially-dismantled condition, which includes having uninflated tires, no wheels, or lacking other parts necessary for the normal operation of the vehicle. Additionally, this includes any vehicle that, because or mechanical defects, a wrecked or partially wrecked frame, or dismantled parts, cannot be operated in a normal and safe manner.
8. Marine Turtle Protection:
Marine sea turtle season is May 1st to October 31st. The Bradenton Beach Code states that it in accordance with state statutes and the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, it shall be unlawful for any person to kill, molest, harass, or cause direct or indirect injury to any species of marine turtle in the City of Bradenton Beach or within its jurisdictional waters. The most common violations are:
- Artificial lighting which directly or indirectly illuminates nesting sea turtles or hatchlings such as balcony lights and indoor lights that are not shielded. Publicly owned-lighting with light sources visible from the beach or that illuminate reflective surfaces from the beach shall be extinguished between sunset and sunrise.
- Temporary structures left after sunset (including but not limited to) beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, personal water craft, boats, trailers, or other items that have the potential for entrapment of marine turtles.
9. Environmentally Sensitive Lands:
The Bradenton Beach Code states that it is a violation to adversely affect coastal marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds, wildlife habitat, coastal dunes and coastal dune vegetation without first obtaining appropriate local and state approval and permits.
10. Improper Use of Zone:
Zoning regulations define the type and location of businesses and housing throughout the City. The major categories of land uses are: residential, commercial, preservation, conservation, public recreation, public/semi-public, mixed-use and mobile home park districts. The City of Bradenton Beach does not allow a use on a property other than what is permitted by its zoning.
11. Illicit Stormwater Discharge:
Manatee County’s Storm Sewer System is designed to effectively collect and transport stormwater. It is not designed to accept or treat non-stormwater discharges. Illicit discharge means the discharge or depositing of any sewage, industrial wastewater, industrials waste, and solid wastes into the storm sewer system. Some non-allowable non-stormwater discharges are: laundry or carpet cleaning wastewater; sanitary waste or cooking oil/grease, non-residential vehicle wash water, improper oil, fuel & radiator flushing disposal; yard waste & household hazardous wastes such as paints & solvents; spills from roadway accidents and chlorinated swimming pool discharges.
12. Business Tax Receipts:
Any person who engages in or manages any business, profession or occupation within the City is subject to this tax. The local business taxes levied under the Code and the respective business tax receipt is valid for only one year. The local business tax year begins October 1 and expires on September 30 of the ensuing year. The local business tax shall be due and owing on October 1 of the local business tax year.