Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Purpose

The mission of The Town of Thunderbolt Department of Code Enforcement is to seek compliance to the Municipal Code by providing citizens and businesses guidance and direction for the resolution of problems and violations in a friendly, fair and impartial manner.

The purpose of Code Enforcement is to achieve code compliance so that the citizens of Thunderbolt may enjoy a cleaner, safer and better place to live. Areas of concentration include:

  • Improvement of neighborhoods
  • Integrity of property value
  • Compliance with Zoning, Subdivision, Building Codes and administration of Comprehensive Plan

Why does Thunderbolt have a Code Enforcement Officer? The majority of citizens recognize the importance of voluntary compliance to our codes (written rules). To protect our citizens from those who disobey these codes, and to ensure the general health, safety and welfare and that of our community, codes must be enforced. Not all code violations fall under the jurisdiction of the police; therefore, a separate enforcement agency has been called upon. The governing body of The Town of Thunderbolt has delegated this responsibility to a Code Enforcement Officer.

What does a Code Enforcement Officer do?

  • Answer citizen complaints and concerns
  • Investigate visible violations
  • Respond to local city council assignments
  • Coordinate with law enforcement and other governmental agencies.
  • Public education and the opportunity to be involved in community improvement programs is an imperative and vital responsibility of the Code Enforcement Officer. Code Enforcement services available:
  • Educate the public on ordinance compliance issues
  • Provide professional and technical assistance
  • Encourage voluntary compliance to violations
  • Promote neighborhood revitalization

Citizens may call 912.659.5420 M-F 8a to 5p or email aboushack@thunderboltga.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • How Do I File a Complaint?
    • Complaints can be filed in multiple ways.
  • Can I remain anonymous when filing a complaint?
    • Yes, code enforcement complaints can be made anonymously. However, in some cases, the complainant’s identification and testimony in court may be necessary for successful prosecution. Additionally, Code Enforcement may need to follow up with the complainant if additional information is needed.
    • You can submit an anonymous complaint using the Report A Violation Form here.
  • What can I store outside my home?
    • Only items designed to remain outside can be stored outside. I.E. Lawn furniture.
  • How tall can my grass be?
    • Town of Thunderbolt ordinance states that grass/weeds cannot exceed ten (10) inches in height in the front, sides, and rear of the property.
  • There are too many vehicles parked at my neighbor’s house. Can you make them get rid of some of them?
    • Town of Thunderbolt does not limit the number of vehicles one can own. However, any vehicle stored outside must be operable and have a current tag/registration displayed.
  • Can you make my neighbor rake their leaves, trim their bushes/shrubs, or cut down a tree?
    • No. There are no ordinances that cover these issues.
  • Where can I find a list of the Town of Thunderbolt's Current Codes and Ordinances?

Code Enforcement Department is current member of:  Georgia Association of Code Enforcement