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Code Enforcement Officer


Under the general direction of a Code Enforcement Supervisor, participates in assigned City programs and activities related to neighborhoods, neighborhood preservation, code enforcement, abandoned autos, enforce city zoning, fire nuisance and related codes and regulations.

This position is subject to overtime, evening and weekend assignments, and is assigned to the Turlock City Employees Association bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.


Receives general supervision from an assigned Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborates and partners with other City departments and outside agencies, community businesses, and like organizations to encourage community activism and participation in community improvement.
  • Participates in programs involving mistletoe, weed abatement, nuisance, and code enforcement
  • Collaborates with Neighborhood Resources Officers to address illegal storage of property and encampment related issues
  • Provide active feedback on City related homeless and unsheltered crisis

  • Issues administrative citations and notices as necessary
  • Appears in court, or in hearings if necessary in the defense of code compliance
  • Participates in programs involving abandoned and inoperative vehicle abatement on public and private property

  • Administers the City’s anti-graffiti and abatement code
  • Responds to land use and building safety complaints
  • Patrol assigned areas in a City vehicle to identify and evaluate problem areas and/or ordinance violations; determine proper method to resolve violations.
  • As necessary, performs code enforcement activities in difficult or sensitive situations in support of the success of Code Enforcement activities
  • Insures the proper processing of official notices and follow-up related to established deadlines
  • Keeps current on legislative actions and correspondence necessary to implement departmental objectives, studies and projects
  • Assist with conducting abatement hearings of routine code violations under direction of the supervisor
  • Gather evidence for abatement proceedings
  • Compile information and data for a variety of reports
  • Maintains accurate physical and computer files, documentation, photographs and records. Prepares correspondence, reports, evidence in support of legal actions taken by the City
  • Operates computer to enter, process, and acquire data relative to complaints, inspection sites, and effective code enforcement and research complaints
  • Receive complaints and work with property owners, neighborhood organizations, and other concerned parties to resolve nuisance issues and avert legal action where possible
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Knowledge of:

  • General organization and structure of municipal government
  • City ordinances and regulations related to use of land
  • Elements of planning and zoning administration and use of related ordinances
  • Building codes, nuisance abatement practices and procedures
  • Modern office methods, computer procedures, and equipment; Word processing and spreadsheet applications, recordkeeping, and filing practices

Ability to:

  • Interact in a positive manner with the public and co-workers
  • Insure appropriate processing of required notices and paperwork needed for enforcement activities
  • Read and evaluate basic maps, building plans and property descriptions
  • Utilize tact and diplomacy in seeking compliance to codes
  • Interpret and apply detailed rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Work independently in discovering violations; gathering evidence and applying enforcement procedures
  • Receive reports of code violations in person and by phone
  • Complete appropriate report forms and related documentation
  • Properly evaluate complaints or observed violations and apply appropriate codes or regulations to bring violations into compliance
  • Receive complaints and work with property owners, neighborhood organizations, and other concerned parties to resolve nuisance issues and avert legal action where possible
  • Maintain complex files and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted during the course of work.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and complete written reports
  • Learn the operation of standard equipment required for job performance including the use of a computer, police radio, graffiti paint sprayer, and other equipment as assigned



Two years of experience in an administrative, technical, or related position which involves heavy public contact.


Equivalent to graduation from high school


  • Possession of a valid California driver's license at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.
  • Possession of a valid Penal Code 832 Certificate (Arrest and Seizure) within twelve (12) months from date of appointment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read instructions, read fine print, view computer screen, operate vehicles and equipment; hear well enough to converse on the telephone, on the radio and in person assisting individuals; bodily mobility to lift and maneuver supplies and equipment; use of hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, drive equipment and answering telephones; tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions and be able to lift equipment as necessary.

      For questions about City employment, please contact:

      Human Relations
      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5150
      Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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