Codes and Penalties

Codes We Enforce

The Neighborhood Preservation Unit enforces regulations related to the following code violations:

Blight (Not on vacant lots):

  • Junk and debris in public view and in alleys
  • Illegal dumping
  • Tall grass and weeds in public view and in alleys

Zoning Violations (Including, but not limited to):

  • Clear vision triangles (private landscaping interfering with vehicle or pedestrian traffic at an intersection)
  • Encroachments into the right-of-way (i.e. recreational vehicles overhanging onto sidewalk)
  • Living in mobile living quarters (motor homes, camp trailers)
  • Auto repair business at a home or residence
  • Home business in violation of rules
  • Sign regulations
  • Fence regulations (height and location)
  • Outdoor sales permits in commercial locations
  • Itinerant vendors
  • Too many yard sales
  • Business license
  • Animal waste complaints
  • Rodent complaints

For more information regarding Municipal Codes, click here.


Code Compliance Remedies

The violator of City code(s) is usually given the opportunity to voluntarily comply with the law and correct the situation within a reasonable period. If the violator has not complied with the Notice of Violation within the specified time, Code Enforcement will take corrective action to remedy the problem. Several options are available:

Administrative Citations

Designed to address minor violations. Fines increase with each offense:
  • First Citation: $100
  • Second Citation: $250
  • Third Citation: $500

Civil Penalties

Used for major violations. Civil penalties shall be assessed at a daily rate determined by the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Director or administrative hearing officer pursuant to the criteria set forth. Except as authorized pursuant to State and Federal laws, the maximum civil penalty shall be two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) per violation per day with maximum amount of civil penalties not exceeding parcel or structure value for any related series of violations in a year.

Judicial Remedies

Used when other remedies are not believed to have a high probability of success. The two options are criminal prosecution or civil injunction.

Flow Charts of Abatement Process

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