Code Enforcement

Our Mission

Code enforcement seeks correction of public nuisances through City Ordinances and State Statutes to protect the community's health, safety and welfare.

Our Work

  • Public nuisances included.
  • Grass or weeds that exceed 12" in height.
  • Trash or debris that invites insects or rodents, smells bad, or creates a fire hazard.    
  • Vacant buildings that can be entered by children, transients, squatters or criminals. 
  • Dilapidated buildings that may collapse or are continually unsecured or abandoned.
  • Cars and trucks stored in open view that cannot be driven on public streets.
  • Parking in yards or across sidewalks.

Private nuisances not enforced by the city only affect nearby properties such as improperly installed fences, distasteful paint colors, or trees that overhang a neighbor’s house.

Our Process

Civil and criminal remedies are available to seek code compliance. Through ordinances and statutes, the City can enter onto private property to abate public nuisances. All costs for doing such work can be assessed as a lien against the property co-equal to its taxes. Each abatement includes an administrative fee. Municipal Court citations can also be issued to property owners or tenants with maximum fines of $500 for each day a violation continues. 


Our Timeframes for Compliance

Many public nuisances are corrected informally within a few days. Most abatement cases are resolved in two to three weeks. This provides property owners with proper notice and time to make corrections on their own. Abatements involving dilapidated buildings often take several months to resolve due to different notice and process requirements.

Our Zoning Code Responsibilities

When citizens, businesses, and industries are in close proximity to each other, Code Enforcement staff uses the City's zoning codes to keep the community attractive and prosperous.