Code Enforcement


Code enforcement is based on general principles that apply to all jurisdictions involving public health and safety. The primary aspects of code enforcement are the safety codes designed to protect the citizenry from hazards that result from improper building techniques, illegal land use and any other activities that violate the public's right to a safe and healthy environment.

Effective code enforcement ensures a positive effect upon property values, and helps cities and counties to age without buildings and neighborhoods becoming eyesores. Code-enforcement policies operate on the principle that adherence to codes and ordinances, is the responsibility of every citizen.

Common Code Violations

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds located on vacant lots or other property, along public sidewalks or the outer edge of any public street, or weeds in any other location in excess of six inches in height, which constitute a nuisance or fire hazard.

Patch of noxious weeds

Accumulation of Junk

Accumulation of junk consists of the following items so as to be visible from a public street or adjoining property:

  • Abandoned, discarded or used furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Fixtures or equipment stored 
  • Refrigerators
  • Salvage materials
  • Sinks
  • Stoves
  • Toilets
  • Used or damaged junk 

However, this does not include stacked firewood for personal non-commercial use of the premises. 


  • Dead
  • Decayed
  • Diseased or hazardous trees
  • Hedges
  • Overgrown or uncultivated vegetation
    • Which is in a hazardous condition
    • Is an obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic
    • Which is likely to harbor rats, vermin or other pests
  • Weeds

Improper Parking or Storage

Parking or storage of: 

  • Abandoned
  • Dismantled
  • Inoperative
  • Parking or storage of registered vehicles, trailers, boats in violation of City ordinance
  • Unregistered
  • Wrecked vehicles or vehicle parts, including recreational vehicles, on a premise or in public right-of-way

Improper Maintenance

Maintenance of buildings and/or structures in such condition as to be deemed defective or in a condition of deterioration or disrepair.


Signs cannot be posted in the public right-of-way, on utility poles, fences, street signs, etc.

Additional Information

Resource material related to weed control

Noxious Weed Guide