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There are many types of violations, too many to list here. Some of the more common violations are described below. The first thing you must keep in mind is that differences in personal opinions or choices do not make a violation. In order for a violation to exist, there must be a definite violation of a city code or ordinance.
For example, if your neighbor paints his house a color you aren't happy with, it isn't a code violation. It may be a deed restriction violation, but the city doesn't enforce deed restrictions. They are generally resolved in civil court.
Any vehicle that cannot be legally driven on the street is considered an inoperative vehicle. This means that the vehicle must have a current license plate and must be operational. [19-56]
Equipment used for commercial purposes or designed for commercial use is considered commercial equipment. Generally, this may be equipment that is larger than what the average homeowner may use around the house such as a large storage trailer. Any motor vehicle larger than a standard one ton pick up truck or van, regardless of the markings falls within this category. Recreational vehicles are not included in the definition of commercial equipment and are covered under another section of the code.
There are many factors to consider when confronted with an overgrowth complaint. When the weeds and grass on the majority of a parcel of land has reached a height of twelve inches, it is considered overgrown. Overgrowth may also involve trees and vines that need to be trimmed. [19-50]
Things that most people would not normally use to decorate their yards are usually accumulations. Things such as lawn mowers, concrete blocks, lumber, and buckets for example should be stored away in a storage building or garage. At the very least, they may not be visible from the street and should be behind a fence or wall. This includes storage of garbage cans except on pickup day. [19-49]
All fences within the city limits must be constructed with the framing facing the interior of the property. The maximum height for a wood fence is normally six feet. In some sections of the city, wood fences must be painted. Fences may not block the view of cross streets at intersections and drives. Fences must be constructed using fencing materials. They may not be made from metal doors, pallets, and such.
Areas that are zoned residential are for residential use only. Any business that generates traffic, creates parking problems, or requires that customers come to a residential area are generally not permitted. [27-77]
It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep any alley or right of way that abuts his or her property mowed and free of trash and debris. In the case of alleys, the property owner is responsible only for the half of the alley that abuts his or her property (from the centerline of the alley.) [19-46, 19-49, 19-50]