Code Enforcement and Variance Consideration by Special Magistrate

Belleair has created and established an alternative local government code enforcement and variance consideration process by utilizing a Special Magistrate to enforce the Code of Ordinances and Land Development Code. 

Special Magistrate Powers

Belleair's Special Magistrates shall have the power to:

  • Adopt rules for the conduct of code enforcement hearings
  • Subpoena alleged violators and witnesses and evidence and such subpoenas may be served by the Police Department
  • Take testimony under oath
  • Issue orders having the force of law commanding whatever steps necessary to bring violations into compliance
  • Authority to grant or deny variances relating to existing single-family lots or structures or improvements thereon

Attorneys Lauren Rubenstein and Bart R. Valdes serve as the Special Magistrates for Belleair.