Common Violations

 Most Common Violations
 The most common violations Code Enforcement enforces are:
 1. Illegal Dumping of Refuse
 2. Weeds, Rubbish and Unsanitary Matter
 3. Outdoor Storage
 4. Front Yard Parking
 5. Unsecured Structures
 6. Dangerous Buildings or Structures
 7. Signs in the Right-of-Way

 1. Illegal Dumping of Refuse
Sec. 94-9
 No person shall deposit, place or dump or cause to be deposited, placed or dumped any refuse at a place that is not an approved solid waste receptacle, including on a public street, alley, right-of-way, other public or private property, or into an inland water of the State within the corporate city limits. For this section, “refuse” includes nonputrescible solid waste (excluding ashes), consisting of both combustible and noncombustible waste materials. Combustible refuse includes paper, rags, cartons, wood, excelsior, furniture, rubber, plastics, brush, or similar materials; noncombustible refuse includes glass, crockery, tin cans, aluminum cans, and similar materials that will not burn at ordinary incinerator temperatures (1,600 degrees Fahrenheit to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit). An approved solid waste receptacle is any container or location provided by the City for the purpose of placing refuse and municipal solid waste and including roll-out carts and dumpsters.


2. Weeds, Rubbish and Unsanitary Matter

 Sec. 46-186

Weeds includes grass, or rank or uncultivated vegetable growth or matter that:

(1) Has grown to more than nine (9) inches in height;

(2) Creates an unsanitary condition or becomes a breeding place for mosquitoes, rodents, vermin or other disease-carrying pests regardless of the height of the growth; or

(3) Endangers property or is liable to catch on fire.

 (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has possession or control of any lot or parcel of real estate to permit rubbish or any other objectionable, unsightly and unsanitary matter of whatever nature to exist, covering or partly covering the surface of any lot or parcel of real estate within the city so as to produce an unsightly appearance or which may harbor reptiles or rodents, create a fire hazard or result in unsanitary conditions. Such a condition is declared to be unlawful, the abatement of which shall be a public necessity.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has possession or control of any lot or parcel of real estate to permit weeds to grow on the property.

*Homeowners/tenants are responsible for mowing and maintaining adjacent right-of-ways including to the center of alleys and all easements that cross private property.


3. Outdoor Storage

 Sec. 46-217
 Any material, vehicle or equipment that has been used, damaged or partially dismantled and is:
 (1) Stored outside indefinitely, or
 (2) Held outside as inventory for future sale, processing or use.
 Such articles include but are not limited to inoperable motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts, appliances, boxes, crates, pipe or pipe fittings, paper, metal, tires, toys, concrete blocks, bricks, furniture, fixtures, machinery, motors, lumber, buildings or portions of buildings, building materials, barrels or clothing.


4. Front Yard Parking

Appendix B Sec. 6210.27 
 No parking will be permitted on unpaved or grassy surfaces within the area defined as the front yard or exterior side yard, unless recognized as the primary driveway serving a residence.


5. Unsecured vacant Structures

 Sec. 50-61; 2015 International Fire Code Sec. 311.2.1
 Exterior and interior openings accessible to other tenants or unauthorized persons shall be boarded, locked, blocked or otherwise protected to prevent entry by unauthorized individuals.


6. Dangerous Buildings or Structures

 Sec. 22-602
 Dangerous building or structure means all buildings or structures of any nature that are found to be dangerous structures or buildings or dilapidated buildings or structures or buildings or structures that are calculated to increase the fire hazard; that injure, hurt or harm individuals; that may hurt or annoy the lands, tenements, hereditaments or another; or which endanger life or health or violate laws of decency or obstruct the reasonable and comfortable use of property or are subversive of public order, decency or morals and which have any one of the defects listed in the City Code.


7. Signs in the Right-of-Way

Sec. 6766
No signs of any kind shall be erected or placed on the right-of-way of any street or alley in the city, nor any public place or city owned property, except for temporary signs, flags or banners authorized under section 6767, traffic-control signs, signals and devices placed by the city under authority of the ordinances of the city, and advisory, safety and useful directional information signs placed by the city under authority of state law. Notwithstanding any other provision of this [ordinance], any sign so erected or placed on the right-of-way of any street or alley in the city in violation of this section shall be subject to immediate removal by the city manager's designee without notice to the owner or the lessee thereof. No signs of any kind shall be attached to any utility pole located in any street or alley right-of-way or utility easement except by the owner of such pole.