Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Office is responsible for performing inspections concerning violations of local ordinances and codes relating to nuisances, dangerous buildings, vacant building registrations, and health code issues not under direction of the Fargo Cass Public Health Department.

How to File a Complaint

If you believe you have a complaint that could be a violation of a city ordinance, it can be submitted using the following options:
Tips when making a complaint:
  • Provide specific location, if possible.
  • Be detailed regarding violation of city ordinance.
  • Do not submit complaint anonymously. At a minimum, provide a name and phone number or email to contact if there are any questions.
Note: If the complaint received is related to another department or agency, it will be referred and then closed.

Process After Complaint is Submitted

  1. Receipt of the complaint will usually be acknowledged to the submitter within one business day of its receipt.
  2. An initial inspection of the area of concern usually will occur within two business days.
  3. After the inspection, coordination with other departments and review of City ordinances will be completed as needed to determine what course of action should be taken. (This can take up to one week.)
  4. A notice is then sent to the property owner, who then, depending on the type of violation, has 48 hours, 7 days, 14 days or 30 days to complete any corrective action.
  5. If corrective action is not taken within the time frame provided, additional notice may be given or court action.

Nonemergent Contact Information

Code Enforcement does not handle emergencies. For all emergencies call 911. For non-emergent concerns relating to the police, fire or infrastructure call:

  • Police Department: 701-515-5500
  • Fire Department: 701-515-5600
  • Public Works: 701-515-5400