Pasco County has changed the name of its team responsible for making the county’s neighborhoods and communities safer, cleaner and more attractive.
Now that department will be known as Code Compliance, not Code Enforcement, according to a county news release.
The name change is intended to emphasize the county’s focus on education, which is intended to help customers come into compliance before any warnings or citations are issued, the news release says.
The idea is to reduce confusion because “code compliance is not law enforcement,” the release says. Plus, the focus is on why and how people can come into compliance with codes.
“We want to educate our community members about the importance of compliance and erase the negative stigma associated with the idea of enforcement,” Patrick Arotin, director of Code Compliance, said in the release. “Enforcement is the last step in the code compliance process.”
The Code Compliance team aims to help people understand the primary purpose of county codes, which are designed to protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of everyone living in or visiting Pasco County, the release notes.
To find out more about Code Compliance or to report a potential violations, call 727-847-2411.
Published December 14, 2022