Top 10 Code Violations

1. Maintenance of Lots: Section 34.078

It is unlawful for an owner or occupant of a lot to cause or permit weeds, rubbish, brush or stagnant water to accumulate or remain on the lot.

2. Occupancy Restrictions: Section

  • Limited Number of Unrelated Individuals. All dwelling units located in SF-R, SF-11, SF-6, SF-4.5, DR, TH, PH-ZL zoning districts shall be restricted to occupancy by a family, and up to one other person who is not related to any of the family members by blood, legal adoption, marriage, or conservatorship.
  • The property owner and any agent of the property owner shall be legally responsible for directly or indirectly allowing, permitting, causing, or failing to prohibit the occupancy of a dwelling unit by more than two unrelated persons.

3. Junked Vehicles/Nuisance Vehicles: Section 34.196

A junked vehicle that is located in a place where it is visible from a public place or public right-of-way, is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the general public, tends to reduce the value of private property, invites vandalism, creates a fire hazard and constitutes an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health, safety of minors, or is detrimental to the economic welfare of the city by producing urban blight adverse to the maintenance and continuing development of the city and is a public nuisance.

  • It is unlawful for a person that owns or controls any real property to maintain, allow, cause or permit a nuisance vehicle to be placed or to remain on the property.
  • It is unlawful for a person to maintain, allow, cause or permit a nuisance vehicle to be placed or to remain on real property without the permission of the owner of the property.
  • Residents who wish to keep a vehicle that is inoperable may place 1 fitted car cover over the entire vehicle down to the wheels. 

4. Solid Waste Containers: Section 66.030

Placement of Bags and Containers For Collection

  • Bags and containers shall be placed for collection between 9 p.m. the night preceding collection day and 7 a.m. of collection day and shall be placed as close to the roadway as practicable without interfering with vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Bulky waste, construction debris and yard waste shall be placed for collection only after the city has been notified of the need for special collection. Yard waste must be securely tied together in bundles not exceeding four feet in length or 50 pounds in weight.
  • Emptied containers shall be removed to a location at the side or rear of a building on the premises by 9 p.m. of collection day.

5. Building Permit - Required Section: 14.451

It is unlawful for a person to perform any work requiring a building permit under the terms of this chapter without first applying for and obtaining a building permit for the work. 

6. Accessory Structures - 2015 IPMC; Section 302.7

Accessory structures, including detached garages, fences, and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair. 

7. Sight Visibility LDC (G)

Visual clearance shall be provided in all zoning districts so that no fence, wall, architectural screen, earth mounding or landscaping 30 inches or higher above the street centerline obstructs the vision of a motor vehicle driver approaching any street, alley, or driveway intersection as follows:

  • At a street intersection, clear vision must be maintained for a minimum of 25 feet across any lot measured from the corner of the property line in both directions.
  • At an intersection with an alley, this clearance must be maintained for 10 feet.
  • Shrubs and hedges that are typically less than 30 inches in height at maturity, as measured from the centerline of the street, may be located in the visual clearance areas of all districts.
  • A limited number of single-trunk trees having a clear trunk (branching) height of at least eight feet may be located within sight visibility areas provided that they are spaced and positioned such that they will not produce visibility inhibiting effect when they attain mature size.

8. Address Labels Required Section 38 Amendment 505.1

New and existing buildings shall have their address numbers, building numbers, or building identification placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. The numbers and letters shall contrast with their background and shall be a minimum of six inches in height for commercial buildings and three inches in height for residential buildings. The numbers and letters shall have a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inches (12.7 millimeters).

9. Placing Solid Waste Outside Buildings Section: 66.031

It is unlawful for an owner or occupant of premises to: 

  • Cause or permit any garbage or rubbish generated on the premises to be placed or to remain outside of a building on the premises unless it is inside a securely closed bag, bin or container;
  • Cause or permit any solid waste to be placed or to remain outside of a building on the premises in a manner that is likely to:

    a. Create a harborage or breeding place for mosquitoes, flies or vermin; or

    b. Allow the waste to be scattered or carried away by the elements;

  • Cause or permit a dead animal to be placed or to remain outside of a building on the premises unless it is contained in a bag or unless the owner or occupant has made arrangements to have the animal removed from the premises within 24 hours;

  • Cause or permit unacceptable waste to remain outside of a building on the premises unless it is properly contained and arrangements have been made for lawful collection and disposal of the waste at the expense of the owner or occupant;

  • Cause or permit any solid waste to be burned on the premises;

  • Cause or permit the placement of more than three cubic yards of construction debris in bulky waste pickup; or

  • Cause or permit the placement of construction debris in a cart that exceeds the cart capacity so as to interfere with the mechanical loading of the cart or cause spillage of garbage or construction debris from the cart.

10. Parking Prohibited on Front and Side Yards Section 82.184 

It is unlawful for a person to park or allow to remain parked a motor vehicle, large motor vehicle, farm equipment, construction vehicle, boat, personal watercraft or trailer of any kind at any time in the side or front yard, in any single-family residential zoning district.