On June 29, 2021, CS/SB 60 was signed by Governor DeSantis, becoming effective on July 1, 2021. As of its effective date, municipal and county code inspectors are prohibited from initiating investigations on code violation complaints that were submitted anonymously. Any person who submits such a complaint must provide his or her name and address to the pertinent local government before an investigation occurs. However, this prohibition does not apply if the code inspector has reason to believe that the violation presents an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare or imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources.
In light of the new law, all code enforcement personnel should be briefed accordingly so that they may make necessary changes in operating procedures.