CODE-INQUIRY: Code Enforcement Fees and Fines

The Department of Code Enforcement can impose fees and fines for violations, citations, administrative costs, and work completed.

What are the Code Enforcement fees and fines?

Grass violation: $169.75 minimum charge plus $250.00 ordinance violation ticket.

Litter violation: $240.00 minimum charge and a possible ticket from $125 to $2500.

Vegetation violation: $240.00 minimum charge and a possible ticket from $125 to $2500.

For properties on continuous enforcement, the ordinance citation ticket is $250.00 for the first year and $500.00 for the second year.

Boarding and demolition fees are based on our cost plus an administrative fee.

Civil penalties are determined by the hearing officer at the administrative code hearings.

How do I check the balance due on my invoice or citation?

You can see the balance owed on a property by searching on the Code Enforcement portal and going to the "Payments" part of the record. 

You may also call 311. 


Who is involved in Code Enforcement Fees/Fines?

Inspectors make the citations and enforce the City ordinances.

Sub-contractors and City employees are involved in boarding and demolitions.

How do I pay my Code Enforcement invoice or citation?

If you received an invoice for work performed, you can pay by credit card over the phone by calling 311 or by mailing a check to: 

Department of Code Enforcement
1300 County-City Building
227 W. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN, 46601


If you received an Ordinance Violation Citation, you can call 574- 235-9462, or mail a check to:

Ordinance Violation Bureau
Room 455 County-City Building
227 W. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN, 46601

How do I get more information on Code Enforcement fees and fines?

You can find more information in the South Bend Municipal Code

For 311:

  • Balance Inquiry for Citation or Invoice:
    • Search on ACA using the record ID or property address, then go to the "Payments" part of the record and click "Fees"
  • Credit card payment for INVOICE ONLY: Transfer call to ext. 9486 if caller wants to make a credit card payment on an Invoice