To ensure certain codes are followed, many local governments employ officers whose job is to enforce the regulations. The codes usually cover zoning issues, nuisance concerns, sign ordinances, and property maintenance. A code enforcement officer is informed about a possible violation through complaints, governmental agencies, or by discovering the violation on his own.
The City of Durango Code currently has 1,998 pages in the book; they cover everything from the powers that the citizens give the city such as planning, zoning, nuisances, building construction, health, safety, and a multitude of other codes. Code enforcement officers also enforce county, state, and federal codes as warranted.