What to look for?
  • High Grass and Weeds: The most common public nuisance, high grass and weeds are generally defined as uncared for vegetation that exceeds 12 inches in height, gives off unpleasant odors, creates a traffic or fire hazard, or otherwise hazardous to the public (such as harbors rodents or vermin). As a general rule, high grass must cover front or back yard areas to be considered a public nuisance.
  • Trash Accumulations: This includes any unhealthful items such as garbage, but also includes debris or other uncared for items such as tree limbs and brush, furniture, and old appliances. Toys in common use in a yard are generally not considered to be a public nuisance.
  • Unsecured, Deteriorated or Dilapidated Buildings: Vacant buildings can represent attractive dangers to neighborhoods. All ground-level doors and windows to vacant buildings must be secured. Buildings that have deteriorated components such as staircases or decks can have those components declared a public nuisance and abated. Buildings that are in a significant state of disrepair represent collapse hazards or have been vacant for long periods of time can be demolished by the City.

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1. What is code enforcement?
2. How is code enforcement done?
3. What to look for?
4. What about junked or inoperable vehicles?
5. What are zoning violations?
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7. What complaints are handled by other departments?