Avoid being Fined for Trash, Debris, and Other ViolationsThe county ordinance on junk is quite clear, “It is illegal to accumulate or allow to be accumulated any excess trash, debris, garbage, junk, or refuse on any property in the unincorporated county.” That comes straight from the official website, and it is enforced regularly. When things begin to pile-up, it not only becomes unsightly, but a safety hazard, and that can lead to having to file a homeowner’s insurance claim, which will likely raise your premiums.
Pinellas County Neighborhood Code Enforcement regulates code compliance only in Pinellas County’s unincorporated neighborhoods. Code Enforcement also maintains a complaint system that provides the citizens of unincorporated Pinellas County an avenue to air their grievances or complaints about various activities within their neighborhoods. — Pinellas County Building Development and Review ServicesIt might come as a surprise to you, but a junk pile isn’t the only thing that ought to be hauled away, that dilapidated shed is also a no-no according to county rules, as is a run-down above ground pool. All those things should be removed, or you’re at-risk for being slapped with a code violation. In addition to those things, if you’re slowly but surely adding something, like a deck or patio, be sure to get a building permit, if you don’t, you’re likely to be caught. Even if you can keep it a secret, you’ll run into trouble when it comes time to sell your property.