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Tampering Violations

A civil violation notice is issued for tampering violations.

It is unlawful without the written consent of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) to tamper with any of the utility fixtures that service your property. The Clerk of the Courts manages the code enforcement process and a Civil Violation Notice is issued to either the property owner or tenant when a tampering violation is found.

Examples of a tampering violation:

  • Water usage without applying for service
  • Turning water services on without authorization from WASD
  • Installation of an unauthorized meter
  • Installing any foreign apparatus to stop or alter the metering of water
  • Removing or modifying any of the utility’s fixtures such as a meter or meter lock
  • Connecting a water meter backwards

Verifying Your Citation

A tampering Civil Violation Notice must be recorded in the Clerk of the Courts Code Enforcement system for payment to be accepted and applied.

You can verify that the citation is in the Code Enforcement system online by inputting the entire citation number located in the upper right corner of the Civil Violation Notice. For example, B987654 would be entered when prompted to enter the citation number.

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Payment Options

Pay the Civil Violation Notice within 30 days.

All Civil Violation Notice payments are to be made directly to the Clerk of the Courts.

Pay online
With your MasterCard, American Express or Visa credit card.

Pay by calling
305-375-2333 and use your MasterCard, American Express or Visa credit card.

Pay by mail
Mail your check or money order to:

Clerk of Courts
Code Enforcement, District Operations
111 NW First Street, Suite 1750
Miami, Florida 33128-1981

Pay in person
With cash, money order, check or MasterCard, American Express or Visa credit card

In the event the Civil Violation Notice was recently issued but not yet entered into the Clerk of the Courts Code Enforcement system, you will need to go in person with the Civil Violation Notice to one of the locations listed below where you may receive assistance with the processing of both the citation and payment.

Clerk of Courts
Code Enforcement, District Operations
111 NW First Street, Suite 1750
Miami, Florida 33128-1981
Tel: 305-375-2333 Fax: 305-375-2731
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Joseph Caleb Center Office
5400 NW 22 Ave, Suite #103
Miami, FL 33142

*Hialeah District Court
11 East 6 St
Hialeah, FL 33010

*Miami Beach District Court
1130 Washington Ave, Suite #200
Miami Beach, FL 33139

*North Dade Justice Center
15555 Biscayne Blvd, Suite #100
N. Miami Beach, FL 33160

*South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 St, Suite #1200
Miami, FL 33189

*Sweetwater County Court
500 SW 109 Ave
3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33174

*Note: these location will assist with having your Civil Violation Notice entered into the Clerk of the Courts Code Enforcement system by calling the main office (111 NW First Street). They will then accept and apply your payment to the recorded Civil Violation Notice.

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Administrative Hearing Request

A Civil Violation Notice can be appealed by requesting an administrative hearing in writing, within the time specified on the front of the Civil Violation Notice (20 days from the date of the Civil Violation Notice) and directed to the following:

Clerk of Courts
Code Enforcement, District Operations
111 NW First Street, Suite 1750
Miami, Florida 33128-1981
Tel: 305-375-2333 Fax: 305-375-2731
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please note the following when requesting an administrative hearing:

  • The administrative hearing will not be scheduled sooner than 20 days from the date of the Civil Violation Notice
  • You may appear with or without counsel and produce witnesses on your behalf
  • You may be liable for reasonable costs of the administrative hearing upon a finding of guilty
  • You may be liable for the county’s costs and expenses incurred as a result of investigation, enforcement, testing or monitoring should the violators be found guilty of the violation
  • A lien in the amount of unpaid penalties can be filed against your real or personal property and may be foreclosed
  • The Civil Violation Notice must be paid to have your water service re-activated
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Civil Penalties

The below schedule of civil penalties can be applied when a tampering violation is discovered.

Reference Number Section Description Civil Penalty
1499 32-121 *Unauthorized tampering with utility fixtures at a single family residential property. $250.00
1500 32-121 **Unauthorized tampering with utility fixtures at a multi-family residential property. $500.00
1501 32-121 ***Unauthorized tampering with utility fixtures at a non-residential property. $1,000.00
1568 32-159 Unauthorized tampering of fire suppression device (fire hydrant/fire line) $500.00

*Residential: a retail customer/account consisting of a single family residence or duplex being served by a common meter
**Multi-family: a retail customer/account consisting of more than 2 residential customers served by a common meter(s)
***Non‐Residential: a retail customer/account consisting of business, commercial, industrial, or any combination thereof or mixed‐use building

A "repeat violation" is a recurring violation of an ordinance by a violator who has previously been guilty of the same violation within the last five (5) years…” as noted in Section 8CC-4. The Civil Violation Notice fee is doubled when it is a repeat violation and the maximum penalty is $1,000.00.

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Rental Properties with a Civil Violation Notice

The Civil Violation Notice is posted on the property where the tampering violation is found and issued in the active Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) account holder’s name. As a result, most times the tenant would be the one to receive the Civil Violation Notice and a notification letter is mailed to the property owner. However, in accordance with Section 32-122, the landlord or property owner will receive a companion Civil Violation Notice if the tenant has not paid the Civil Violation Notice within 30 days. A notification letter will be generated to the property owner when a tampering violation is found and an active WASD account holder does not exist for the property. The property owner will be issued a Civil Violation Notice after 30 days if an active account remains nonexistent on the property.

A tenant can appeal the initial Civil Violation Notice that was issued in the tenant’s name. The owner of the property can appeal the Civil Violation Notice on the tenant’s behalf if the tenant provides a notarized letter giving such permission. Otherwise, the owner of the property can only appeal the companion Civil Violation Notice that was issued in their name. It is suggested that the landlord or property owner contact the tenant prior to taking action with the companion Civil Violation Notice received.

Resources:

For additional information on the issuance of a Civil Violation Notice tampering violation, please review Chapter 32 section 121 of the Miami-Dade County code detailing “Tampering with utility fixtures”. Section 8CC-3 of the Miami-Dade County code is the enforcement procedures used to issue a Civil Violation Notice for tampering violations and utilizes some of the penalties noted above from the schedule of civil penalties.

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