Code Enforcement Special Magistrate

The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate conducts hearings to determine whether a violation of the Polk County Land Development Code or an ordinance of Polk County, within the Special Magistrate jurisdiction, has been violated, and upon finding that a violation has occurred, imposes fines, costs, and liens against the violators.

The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m., in the County Commission Boardroom.

Meeting Agendas

Board Members

  • Tiffany Stanton-Hawks, Esquire (Special Magistrate)
  • Kirk S. Warren, Esquire (Appellate Special Magistrate)

Qualifications for Board Members / How to Apply

Members of the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate shall be attorneys who are in good standing with the Florida Bar Association. Those attorneys shall reside in, or have a place of business within Polk County, and should possess an outstanding reputation for business and professional ability, civil pride, and community development.

All magistrates shall be appointed for a term of two years and may be reappointed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). Despite the term for which they were appointed, all magistrates serve at the pleasure of the BoCC, and are not employees of Polk County. If any magistrate fails to attend two of their designated hearings without good cause, the position shall be considered vacant and the Board shall promptly fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

Links to Documents

Code Enforcment Research Request

Have Questions?

For more information, please contact Shenika Alicea ( in the Office of Planning and Development / Building and Codes Division at (863) 534-5987.

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The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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