City staff responds to code violation complaints according to the impact of the violation on the community. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health and safety are given top priority; others are pursued in the order in which they are received.
For all code complaints, the first step is an inspection by City staff to verify if a code violation exists. In many cases, the responsible party for the code violation is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the situation and comply with current codes without a penalty. If the correction is not made, the responsible party may be subject to fines and civil injunctions or other penalties.
Identifying Code Violations
The City relies on residents to help identify possible code violations, particularly in these areas:
Street parking and parking on lawns
Overflowing garbage or other garbage problems
Zoning and occupancy issues
Property maintenance issues
Encroachments in the public right of way, such as (basketball hoops or skateboard ramps)
Illegal signs, such as advertising flyers and portable ground signs
Graffiti on public or private property
Long grass and weed violations
Illegal dumping of garbage and debris
Abandoned and/or inoperable vehicles
Illegal dumping of oils and other hazardous materials into storm drains
Overgrown foliage blocking stop signs, impeding sight of driveways or making corners dangerous
Ice or hazards on public sidewalks
Code enforcement penalties range from $100 to $10,000 depending on the citation.