Code Enforcement Board / Special Magistrate

Code Enforcement Board / Special Magistrate

The neighborhoods and structures in New Smyrna Beach require maintenance to stay in good condition as they age. Individual structures and neighborhoods that are not maintained not only deteriorate beyond a usable point, they also cost residents more money. Property values fall, vandalism and crime occur more frequently and neighborhoods become dirty and unattractive.

The simple solution to maintaining good neighborhoods lies with individual property owners. Unfortunately, many people are not responsible owners.

If you are unwilling to take prompt action to correct a code violation, there are several possible consequences. The City can arrange for a lot to be mowed or for a vacant, open structure to be boarded. The cost is then billed to you. If legal action becomes necessary, you will be served a notice to appear before either the Code Enforcement Board or the Special Magistrate. You must explain your case and ultimately correct the violations in order to avoid fines and liens.


The Board is composed of seven members who must be residents of the City. Membership must, whenever possible, consist of an architect, a businessman, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor, and a realtor. The Code Enforcement Board members serve three-year terms.

The Special Magistrate is a person appointed by the City to hear appeals concerning values, classified uses and exemptions.


The Board is empowered to take testimony under oath, issue orders to command whatever steps are necessary to bring a violation into compliance and fine violators for non compliance. 

Code Enforcement Board Meetings

  • Third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm
  • City Commission Chambers, 1st floor, City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue

No meetings are held in June or December.

Special Magistrate Meetings

  • Fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am
  • City Commission Chambers, 1st floor, City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue

No meetings are held in June or December.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are also available following approval.
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Board Members

  • James Booker III 
  • Dan Copfer
  • Rex D. Huffman
  • Wade H. Mahood
  • Steven Sheriff
  • Michael E. Slayton
  • Clifford Wharin
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