Code Enforcement

The mission of the Surf City Code Enforcement team is to improve and maintain the quality of life for neighborhoods throughout the Town.

Upgrade and preserve the housing stock. Support positive attitudes of residents, homeowners, investors, lenders, appraisers, and realtors towards the neighborhood. Achieve voluntary compliance with code provisions. If you have any questions please contact us as voluntary compliance and education are our first priorities.

Code Enforcement Spotlight (4)

Did you know that signs are not allowed in any right of way area within the Surf City limits?
Generally, the right-of-way is the area that is in between utility poles, and all signs that are placed in this area may be subject to removal. For more information on signs and where they are permitted, visit the link:
Permissible Signs include:
- Real Estate Signs placed on private property that are 10 square feet or less in any residentially zoned area.
- Construction Signs placed on the worksite and are 32 square feet or less in any combination. 
- American Flags, State Flags, and Flags of any Sovereign Government
Signs that are subject to citation include:
- Signs located in the right-of-way.
- Portable Signs
- Flashing, Scrolling, Rotating, or Inflatable Signs
- Signs advertising businesses or services

What is Code Enforcement?

Code Enforcement is the enforcement of the Town of Surf City’s local laws (Surf City Municipal Code), primarily about the upkeep of properties and the removal of public nuisances. Most violations of local laws enforced by the Code Enforcement section are handled with an administrative process which is an approach to get property owners to comply with the law and maintain the appearance, function, safety and “quality of life” of neighborhoods. Besides the administrative process, civil and criminal processes are sometimes used to solve violations also.

Common code violations are:

  • Trash cart violations are enforced when carts are not rolled back by 6pm day after
  • Sign violations, including signs in the public right-of-way, non-permitted signs, off-site signs
  • Overgrown foliage blocking stop signs, impeding lines of sight
  • Encroachments/obstructions in the public right-of-way/spaces (construction, fences, walls etc.)
  • Nuisances (grass in excess of 18 inches, conditions that would be suitable habitat for vermin)

Who should I contact for a Code Enforcement question?

Office Location & Mailing Address:
116 South Topsail Drive
Surf City, North Carolina 28445

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

If you would like to file a request for Code Enforcement, please submit one here: Complaint Form
It is Code Enforcement’s policy to keep the source of the complaint confidential. There is a potential, however, that Code Enforcement may be ordered to reveal this information in a court proceeding.

Who handles Code Enforcement violations?

Code Enforcement, a section of the Community Development Department, has the primary duty to investigate and use the administrative, civil and/or criminal processes to resolve code enforcement violations.

Code enforcement officers have the authority and powers needed to gain compliance with the laws. They may use whatever legal and administrative solutions allowed by local law or state law. Voluntary compliance is always the first choice.

Current Food Truck Permits

Food TruckPermit Expiration Date
Agave AzulMarch 30, 2021
E&B Mobile CateringMay 15, 2021
Cali Bea'sJune 11, 2021
Mamaw's Crab Cakes & SeafoodAugust 13, 2021
CBT BurgerDecember 31, 2021
Southern RootsDecember 31, 2021
Jasmine's Tasty ThaiDecember 31, 2021
Pepe's TacosDecember 31, 2021
For the Shell of ItDecember 31, 2021
Lobster DogsDecember 31, 2021
Mari's Hella Fat FoodsDecember 31, 2021
Salty Sista'sDecember 31, 2021
  1. Scott Hitchings

    Code Enforcement Officer