Service Area / Map: Unincorporated Pinellas County neighborhoods.
Below are the enforcement codes:
For current land development code specifics, you may contact the Development Review Services at (727) 464-3888 or click here.
DISCLAIMER: The summaries of the Pinellas County Code provisions listed below are not the actual Pinellas County Code. The summaries are included to assist in identifying the types of information covered in the below Pinellas County Code sections. You are advised only to rely on the exact language of the Pinellas County Code for guidance.
- Inoperative Vehicles
- High Grass/Weeds, Trash, and Debris
- Minimum Housing Standards
- Noise Control
Commercial Vehicles in Residential Areas: Sec. 122-37
Commercial vehicles are not permitted to be parked within residential areas. The vehicle use is not the deciding factor when considering whether it is prohibited (or commercial). For example, lettering on the side of a vehicle does not designate a prohibited vehicle.
The type of vehicle determines if a vehicle is prohibited. Cars, motorcycles, RV's, passenger vans, work vans and pick-up trucks are exempt.
Vehicles that have been equipped with attachments such as racks or utility beds are limited to one per dwelling. The vehicle including racks, cargo, and equipment cannot exceed 8 feet in height, 8 feet in width, 21 feet in length and shall be parked on a prepared, inorganic surface.
Vehicles may be parked in a garage or enclosed structure to avoid a violation.
Inoperative Vehicles: Sec. 58-270
Vehicles (cars, boats, motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, etc.) must be in a condition that would allow them to be legally operated on the roads or waterways of the state of Florida.
Vehicles in working order with a current tag that have cosmetic imperfections are not a violation.
Vehicles kept inside an enclosed garage do not constitute a violation.
High grass/weeds, Trash, and Debris: Sec. 58-304
All developed properties whether vacant or occupied must be maintained.
It is unlawful to accumulate trash, debris, garbage, food waste, inoperable vehicles, refuse, or other noxious items on any property in unincorporated Pinellas County. You cannot accumulate or collect these materials in your yard, or allow others to dump on property you own.
If grass and weeds reach a height of 12 inches over the majority of the property it is a violation of sec. 58-331 and a notice of violation may be sent to the property owner at the address of record or other responsible party. A placard may also be posted on the property and at the Pinellas County Courthouse. If the property is not mowed and debris is not removed Pinellas County may hire a contractor to mow and remove debris from the property. An interest accruing lien may then be placed on the property for the costs incurred.
Minimum Housing Standards: Sec. 22-299
The Housing Code applies to all structures and sets minimum standards for dwellings and accessory structures, such as sheds and pools.
The code addresses the structural and basic maintenance of a residence as well as the things that may negatively impact neighborhood property values, such as badly peeling paint or houses in a general state of disrepair.
Noise Control: Sec. 58-541
Pinellas County uses a decibel-based noise control program that places maximum limits on noise allowed on a property. In residential areas between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., a noise level of 72dBA (decibels) is allowed. Normal maintenance and use of equipment such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, and flushing boat motors are all conventional to everyday life and are exempted when used reasonably during these hours. After 11 p.m., the allowable level is reduced to 55dBA. As an example, normal conversation between two people standing five feet apart would measure about 55dBA.
Excessive noise from parties, people or vehicles is handled by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, (727) 582-6200.
Zoning: Sec. 138-1
General Zoning- Zoning regulates the legal uses of a property. Residential zones are generally for homes and their accessory uses.
Commercial and manufacturing zones are typically for business and industrial enterprises.
Typical zoning violations may include addition or excavation of fill dirt and structures placed within minimum setbacks. Note: Some home businesses may be allowed.
A zoning clearance may be required for uses and structures on a property even if a permit is not. A zoning clearance ensures that a proposed use or structure is allowed in that zone and that it meets all of the code requirements.
- Sheds and Accessory Structures - All structures must be placed on a lot so that they "set back" a specific distance from a property line. The parcel’s zoning, structure size, and where the structure is proposed govern placement. For code specifics, see Sec. 138-3505(c) or contact Development Review Services at (727) 464-3888.
- Fences - The maximum height for a fence or wall on a residential property line is 6 feet. Any portion of the fence that is placed inside the front building setback cannot exceed 3 feet in height. Fencing is only allowed on private property. Fences are not permitted to enclose alleys or encroach on to the right-of-way. For code specifics, see Sec. 138-3700 to 138-3709 or contact Development Review Services at (727) 464-3888.
- Signs - This section of the zoning code addresses the size, height, location, and number of signs on property in unincorporated Pinellas County. Allowable signage is based upon factors that include how a property is zoned, the length of road frontage, the length of building frontage, and the type of sign. For code specifics, see Sec. 138-3750 or contact Development Review Services at (727) 464-3888.