Joint Agency Code Enforcement Sweep is a Successful Effort

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)–Recognizing that working together often produces better results than working independently, Code Enforcement teams from the Town of Apple Valley, County of San Bernardino, Hesperia and Adelanto joined together earlier this month in a sweep to target businesses operating out of compliance.

During the sweep, five Apple Valley officers and six officers from other agencies conducted 208 investigations. They targeted businesses with expired licenses, mobile businesses such as landscapers, contractors, handyman services and ice cream vendors conducting business in Apple Valley without a Town license, or construction companies doing business without the proper permits. The day-long task resulted in 124 notices of violation and six citations issued.

“The economy has negatively affected Code Enforcement staffing levels in all of our jurisdictions. By combining our efforts, Code Enforcement was able to saturate the Town of Apple Valley targeting unlicensed businesses and contractors who often don’t obtain the proper permits and take shortcuts doing repairs,” explained Code Enforcement Manager Jim Andersen.

“This not only created potential hazards for the property owners, but also takes away jobs from legitimate business owners who are trying to make a living doing the work properly.”

Last May, the Town of Apple Valley signed a Memorandum of Understanding among all of the participating code enforcement agencies to conduct joint agency operations to target specific violations in each jurisdiction. This sweep was one of a series that will be conducted throughout the Victor Valley.

“The sweep in Apple Valley was a great success with more planned in the near future,” said Andersen, who noted the first joint sweep was held in Adelanto in early August.

For more information on code enforcement activity in the Town of Apple Valley, visit www.AVCode.org or call (760) 240-7000 x7560.

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