Neighborhood Enhancement FAQ

Neighborhood Enhancement FAQ

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How do I know if a violation exists?

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 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 you neighbor paints his house a color you dislike, this is not a property maintenance CODE violation. Another example a neighbor places his fence on your property; this is not a property maintenance CODE violation. These may be deed restriction violations, but the City does not enforce deed restrictions.

What is an inoperative vehicle?

Any vehicle that cannot be driven legally on the street is considered an inoperative vehicle. All vehicles must have a current license plate and must be operational. [19-50]

Report an Inoperative Vehicle

Is commercial equipment allowed in a residential district?

The parking of commercial equipment in any residential district is prohibited. This requirement shall not be interpreted to prohibit commercial vehicles from loading and unloading in any residential district and shall not prevent temporary parking of vehicles on a lot as accessory to a lawful commercial use of the same residential lot or require such vehicles to be garaged. Parking is, however, permitted within any entirely enclosed structure which meets the regulatory requirements for the applicable zoning district. [27-283.11.b] 

Report Suspected Commercial Equipment/Vehicle in a Residential Area

What is overgrowth?

When weeds and grass on the majority of the property have reached a height that endangers the health, safety or welfare of adjacent property, it is considered overgrown. Overgrowth may also include trees, bushes, and vines that need to be trimmed. [19-50]

Report a Suspected Overgrowth Complaint

What are accumulations and what is open storage?

Things that most people would not normally use to decorate their yards are usually accumulations. Accumulations may include, but not be limited to yard waste, household items and junk.
Things such as lawn mowers, concrete blocks, lumber, and buckets stored in the open are considered open storage. These items should be stored in a shed or a garage; at the very least, they may not be visible from the street and should be behind a fence or wall. [19-50 accumulations] [27-282.12 open storage]

Report Accumulations/Open Storage Violations

When is a fence a violation?

Within the single-family residential zoning districts, and YC-2 and YC-4 sub-districts, fences and walls may be located within required front yards provided that the height does not exceed three (3) feet for fences built of opaque materials, or four (4) feet for fences built of transparent materials which do not obstruct light, air and visibility.

For all residential uses in any zoning district, fences and walls may be located within required front yards provided that the height does not exceed three (3) feet for fences or walls made of opaque materials, or four (4) feet for fences built of transparent materials, which do not obstruct, light, air and visibility. [Sec. 27-290.3.e]

Report a Suspected Fence Violation