What Is a Code Violation?
Here are some examples of the types of violations that the Code Enforcement Department can handle:
- Abandoned or inoperable vehicles on private or public property - Cars and trucks that are not in running condition or do not have current tags must be parked in an enclosed garage or removed from the property.
- Animals - The keeping of animals other than cats and dogs is prohibited.
- Building without the required permits - Construction of new homes, room additions, garages, fences, sheds, pools, etc. and most remodeling requires a city building permit.
- Dangerous or substandard buildings - Deteriorating external building conditions or abandoned buildings that are open and accessible.
- Grass and weeds - Tall grass (in excess of 10 inches) or dead vegetation that may pose a hazard.
- Parking in yards - Vehicles can be parked in the driveway if they are in running condition. They may not be parked on the lawn or on a dirt or gravel area. Commercial vehicles exceeding two tons may not be parked on residential property.
- Trash and debris - Any accumulation of garbage, trash, appliances, old furniture or scrap material.
What Is Not a Code Violation?
There are some neighborhood problems that do not fall under our jurisdiction. In general, we can act on behalf of the public at large - we cannot take action on behalf of one citizen against another. In other words, we cannot handle many neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law.
Some examples include:
- Enforcement of private conditions, covenants or restrictions
- Property damage complaints
- Property line disputes
- Tenant/landlord disputes
- Water runoff