Frequent Code Violations

When a property owner or tenant is found to be in violation of the International Property Maintenance Code, the Zoning Ordinance, the Sign Ordinance, the Subdivision Regulations or the Tree Preservation Standards, they will be issued a warning giving them a set period of time to come into compliance. Failure to comply with the warning will result in the issuance of a citation to appear in court.

The following is a brief list of common concerns and the basic regulations for each issue:

  • Commercial Vehicles, such as panel vans, school buses, or cargo vans or trucks may not be kept in residential zones. Only passenger cars, pick-up trucks or passenger vans may be parked in residential zones.
  • Fences may only be 4 feet high in any street yard or 8 feet high in the interior side or rear yard. When adjacent to a collector or arterial street fences may be 8 feet in height in the street side yard. Please see Section 27-267 of the Zoning Ordinance for more information.  
  • Garage Sales are allowed to occur up to two times per calendar year. Any additional sales require approval from the Community Development Director.
  • Grass and Weeds must be maintained below ten inches in height. A courtesy notice may be issued when the grass height exceeds code. Residents will have ten days to come into code compliance or a citation may be issued.
  • Junk Vehicles are any vehicles which are inoperable, or do not bear current tags. Junk vehicles may not be parked in residential zones.
  • Residential Parking in a street yard on grass is not allowed in the city. Parking is only allowed on paved surfaces, including engineered pervious pavement. Gravel and patio blocks are not considered paved surfaces.
  • Recreational Vehicles and trailers may only be parked to the side or in the rear of the residence, no closer than 20 feet to any lot line, or within a garage.  Recreational vehicles and trailers may not be parked in the front of the residence, even on a paved surface.
  • Signs may not be erected or placed in the right of way, (roughly ten feet behind the curb), nor may they be placed on utility poles, trees, or fences. Prohibited signs include: portable signs, balloons, streamers, and air/gas filled figures.
  • Swimming Pools shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and in good repair. Swimming pools, if neglected, can become a health hazard, resulting in insect-attracting stagnant water. Private swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, containing water more than 24 inches in depth shall be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least five feet in height above the finished ground level measured on the side of the barrier away from the pool. Gates and doors in such barriers shall be self-closing and self-latching.