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Code Enforcement

It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Spring Lake Inspection Department to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of   municipal codes and land use requirements. We also work with residents, neighborhood associations,  public services agencies and other Town Departments.

All ordinances adopted by the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen are available for public review.  The Town Clerk is the keeper of public records and is available to assist with any inquiries that you may have.  The Spring Lake Code of Ordinances is available online 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. You may download the ordinances online or request an official copy of any ordinance from the Town Clerk (applicable copy fees may apply) by contacting the Office of the Clerk.

The Code Enforcement Division is committed to upholding and enforcing all of the laws of the Town as well as those laws on a local, state and federal level which pertain to and fall within their jurisdiction. The Code Enforcement Officer is a Town official dedicated to local laws (ordinances) which pertain to safe and desirable living and working environments.  The most specific Ordinances for the Town of Spring Lake in which the Code Enforcement Officer deals with are:

  • Public Nuisance and Appearance Ordinance
  • Abandoned Structures
  • Unsafe Building Code

Code Enforcement Complaints

Please call the Inspections Department at (910) 436-0241 or (910) 985-1810 with any public nuisance complaints, abandoned structures, and unsafe building codes. You can also email Mrs. Patricia Hickmon at pmoore@townofspringlake.com with any complaints.

Under the Town’s Ordinance you are in violation if:

Nuisance Vehicle 

  • There is a breeding ground for rats, pest, etc.
  • High weeds/grass under or around vehicle
  • Point of Collection for pools of water
  • Point of Concentration of gas, oil, etc.
  • Source of entrapment, exposed metal, glass, etc.
  • Vehicle in danger of falling or turning over
  • Motor homes, school buses, church buses, travel trailers and other recreational vehicles parked within front yard setback or public right of way in any residential subdivision or zoning

Junk Motor Vehicle
Vehicle appears inoperable as evidenced by stationary characteristics listed below:

  • Dismantled/wrecked
  • Cannot be moved
  • Is more than 5 years old and appears worth less than $100
  • Does not display a current license plate lawfully
  • If violations are not corrected by a certain time frame (to be determined by the Code Enforcement Officer) the vehicle will be removed by a private towing operator to a storage lot. The owner will be required to show proof of ownership and pay towing and storage charges to the towing operator before the vehicle can be reclaimed.

Vehicle must be acceptably / suitably covered and must be located at the rear of the premises as defined by the Zoning Code.

The existing conditions, specifically the accumulation of trash, junk, grass and weeds in the excess of twelve inches on property.

Once cited for any of the above, if you wish to request a hearing to appeal, you must file a written notice of appeal in the office of the Town Manager before the date and time for the compliance.

Failure to comply with the Town’s Ordinances will result in a fine of $100.00 for each day that you are in violation. 


In accordance with the Public Nuisance and Appearance Ordinance, a Vehicle Restoration Permit may be picked up in person
or downloaded from the website and returned to the Inspections Department for approval.
All forms and Permits issued through the Code Enforcement Division may be found by clicking here:  Forms and Permits

For updated fees or charges that may be associated with permits, you can find them by clicking here:  Rate and Fee Schedule.

 The Code Enforcement Office is located within our Inspections Department at the Spring Lake Town Hall located at 300 Ruth St.
Parking is available directly across the street.

Our office hours are:
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Executive Assistant
       Patricia Hickmon   910-985-1810

The Inspections Department is available via telephone or emails.

All correspondences should be sent  to:
Town of Spring Lake
Attn: Inspections Department
300 Ruth Street
Spring Lake, NC 28390
phone: (910) 985-1810

Spring Lake Town Directory


The Town of Spring Lake • 300 Ruth Street • Spring Lake, NC 28390 Town Hall: (910) 436-0241 • Water Department: (910) 703 – 8912

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