Code enforcement is based on general principles that apply to all jurisdictions involving public health and safety. The primary aspects of code enforcement are the safety codes designed to protect the citizenry from hazards that result from improper building techniques, illegal land use and any other activities that violate the public's right to a safe and healthy environment.
Effective code enforcement ensures a positive effect upon property values, and helps cities and counties to age without buildings and neighborhoods becoming eyesores. Code-enforcement policies operate on the principle that adherence to codes and ordinances, is the responsibility of every citizen.
Common Code Violations
Noxious weeds located on vacant lots or other property, along public sidewalks or the outer edge of any public street, or weeds in any other location in excess of six inches in height, which constitute a nuisance or fire hazard.
Accumulation of Junk
Accumulation of junk consists of the following items so as to be visible from a public street or adjoining property:
Abandoned, discarded or used furniture
Fixtures or equipment stored
Used or damaged junk
However, this does not include stacked firewood for personal non-commercial use of the premises.
Diseased or hazardous trees
Overgrown or uncultivated vegetation
Which is in a hazardous condition
Is an obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic
Which is likely to harbor rats, vermin or other pests
Improper Parking or Storage
Parking or storage of:
Parking or storage of registered vehicles, trailers, boats in violation of City ordinance
Wrecked vehicles or vehicle parts, including recreational vehicles, on a premise or in public right-of-way
Maintenance of buildings and/or structures in such condition as to be deemed defective or in a condition of deterioration or disrepair.
Signs cannot be posted in the public right-of-way, on utility poles, fences, street signs, etc.