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Ordinance O-09-40 regarding Abandoned Properties

Posted April 27th, 2017

On September 28, 2009, the City of Winter Haven adopted Ordinance O-09-40 regarding Abandoned Properties. This ordinance requires that when a lender records a Notice of Default (pre-foreclosure action) they must also inspect the property for occupancy. If the property is vacant, it must be registered with the City and regular maintenance is required.

Property jurisdiction can be identified by it’s taxing district. The City of Winter Haven has two taxing districts, 10410 and 20410. To find a property’s taxing district, please visit the Polk County Property Appraiser’s website:

Please direct all registrations, payments, and deactivation notices to:
City of Winter Haven
Abandoned Property Registration
125 N. Lake Silver Drive
Winter Haven, FL 33881

For more information and assistance, please contact the Code Compliance Division at (863)291-5697,

Abandoned Property Ordinance

Abandoned Property Registration Form (print version)

Abandoned Property Registration Form (form-fill)