Common Code Violations

High Grass & Weeds 

Grass and weeds growing to a greater height than 10 inches, or growing in rank profusion including along, upon or across the sidewalk or street is a code violation. When a violation is observed, the property owner is contacted and given seven days to abate the violation. If the property owner fails to mow the grass, citations may be issued, or the city's contract mower will mow the property and such charges will be assessed to the property owner, in addition to a $123 administration fee. Failure to pay all costs incurred for the mowing service within 30 days results in a lien being filed against the property.


A fence or screening wall that is in disrepair (deteriorated or leaning 15 degrees or more) and constitutes a public hazard to persons or property is a code violation and shall be repaired, replaced or removed. Missing or deteriorated fence panels, slats, rails, pickets and post must be replaced with material similar in size and appearance to those being replaced. If installing or replacing 4 or more fence panels, you will need a building permit, which helps protect your family from poor construction and safety risks. Please contact the Building Inspections & Permits office for more information. 

Garage Sales

One garage sale is allowed per residential address every six months. The garage sale cannot be held for longer than two days. A permit is required to hold a garage sale. Read more about the requirements for holding a garage sale.

Other Nuisances 

  • Maintaining graffiti on public or private structures;
  • Permitting an unsafe, unsecured, unclean, unsanitary, or unsound swimming pool, hot tub, and their related accessory structures;
  • Permitting a lawn irrigation system to spray or overflow water into a public street during periods of freezing weather and resulting in a potentially dangerous condition;
  • The sweeping or blowing of grass clippings, leaves or any other matter into a street or storm drain;
  • Failure to pick up trash prior to mowing;
  • Storage of trash cans and recycle carts in public view;
  • Permitting the accumulation or dumping of garbage, rubbish, or debris, that provides a breeding place for insects or rodents;
  • Permitting water to become stagnant, foul, or provides harborage for mosquitoes, flies, and other insects;
  • Septic tanks that present a potential injurious threat to the health and safety of the public;
  • Discharging of sewage onto the ground, or into a stream, creek, waterway or other body of water;
  • Causing the emission of foul, offensive, noisome, nauseous, noxious or disagreeable odors.
Please see Chapter 34 of the online code of ordinances for additional public nuisances.

Report a Concern

To report a code violation or concern, please use our online reporting system.