let’s say you do hard work building something you shouldn’t have. You didn’t get approval from the county before building a structure.
Everything about it is fine. but you didn’t get the permit or approval. That’s cheating. because you did not follow the law.
So, a neighbor calls on you.
Does Code Enforcement come by with police and a bulldozer and knock down your structure?
No, they do not.
But you may be required to remove it.
Yet you will have time to do so and there usually is a possibility to save face, reduce fines, sometimes even keep what you did if you get the proper inspections and pay the fees.
Why? Because even those the law was broken, these are adults treating adults like adults.