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City of Lake Helen
City of Lake Helen
327 S. Lakeview Drive
PO Box 39
Lake Helen, Florida 32744

Phone: (386) 228-2121
Fax: (386) 228-9714


Code Compliance

 As a property owner or resident, you are aware of how the appearance of your property can impact the overall image of your street, neighborhood, and City as a whole. As a means of ensuring our neighborhoods are well-kept and in good condition, the City of Lake Helen Code of Ordinances specifies minimum standards for housing, yards, parking, etc. These standards protect property owners by ensuring neighboring properties will not be left to deteriorate and become unattractive. 

Many residents are unaware of the City's requirements pertaining to general property maintenance and zoning. This site has been developed to assist residents in understanding some of the City’s requirements and includes the most common code violations, a section advising residents how to bring their property up to code, and general tips and information pertaining to Code Violations and Code Compliance.

Code Compliance serves our community with compassion to:

 1. promote, protect and maintain the City's historic character and small-town atmosphere;

2. create and maintain a strong community image, identity and sense of place;

3. create and maintain a positive visual ambiance for the community;

4. provide for well-landscaped, scenic gateways to the City;

5. enhance and sustain property values;

6. promote a high degree of compatibility between surrounding structures and land uses;

7. establish and promote a standard for quality design

8. provide for enhanced public safety, roadway capacity, vehicular and non-vehicular movement functions; and

9. foster civic pride and community spirit

Following are examples of some of the
most common code violations:

  • Parking improperly 
  • Inoperative motor vehicles stored on property
  • Accumulation of trash and debris on property
  • Overgrown weeds and grass
  • Doing construction related work without a permit
  • Erecting signs in road right-of-ways
  • Operating a business without a city occupational license


Lake Helen Codes
(entire document - may take a few minutes to open)

Land Development Codes

Land Development Code 1-15  
Article1- General
Article 2- Land Use
Article 3- Resource Protection
Article 4- Development Design
Article 5- Improvement Standards
Article 6- Concurrency Management
Article 7- Accessory Structures & Uses
Article 8- Sign Regulations
Article 9- Operation Performance
Article 10- Boards and Commissions
Article 11- Development Plan Review
Article 12- Permits
Article 13- Nonconforming Use
Article 14- Administration & Enforcement
Article 15- Building Regulations
Gateway Corridor Standards
Permit Information
(link to Building Department Website)