The City's Code Compliance Officer protects the city's residents and the business community by administering and enforcing the City Codes and Ordinances. The Code Compliance Officer must understand and enforce city ordinances pertaining to but not limited to the general safety, health and welfare as provided through the City's zoning, subdivision, and various nuisance abatement ordinances.
Duties of the Code Compliance Officer include:
- Frequently patrols the city to locate possible violations of city code and ordinances.
- Responds to complaints from citizens.
- Research various records to determine ownership of property located throughout the city.
- Issue court summons for violations of city ordinances.
- Appear and testify in municipal court as required.
- Responsible for filing liens with the County on properties in violation.
The Code Compliance Officer and/or Officer in training enforces the City Ordinances dealing with public health and safety in addition to nuisance violations. Enforcement of these ordinances will help ensure that the properties within the city maintain their value and that the city will remain an attractive place to live. A list of the most commonly violated ordinances has been compiled and we ask that you take a moment to review this list and then correct any violations that may exist on your property. When all is said and done, it is YOU the resident who contributes most to the appearance of the city. If you would like to submit a complaint, please complete the Code Compliance Complaint Form and submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weeds/Grass- It is unlawful to allow grass or weeds to grow more than one foot (12") in height or to become unsightly. Grass along curbs and sidewalks must be edged.
- Parking in Grass - It is unlawful to park any motor vehicle, motorboats, outboard motors and vessels subject to registration under applicable Texas registration laws in front yards, side yards, or backyards of any residential district, unless parked on a concrete or asphalt pad. All such construction shall be coordinated with the city planning department to ensure compliance with zoning requirements.
- Outside Storage/Rubbish - The accumulation of discarded articles on private property which are defined as a “Nuisance" by the city ordinance is prohibited. An example of these items would be lumber, trash, rubbish, debris, abandoned, discarded or unused objects or equipment such as automobiles, tires, lawn mowers, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, appliances, cans or containers, etc. This ordinance is most commonly violated when residents store these types of items along the sides of their homes in view of the public. Violation of this ordinance is a major factor in the appearance of the city.
- Street Storage - It is unlawful to park, abandon, or store a disabled vehicle, trailer, building, structure, object, machine, or other device unable to move under its own power on any street or any right of way. Additionally, any vehicle or trailer wider than 80 inches cannot be parked on the street; this would include most utility trailers (there are some exceptions). Any police officer may red sticker the vehicle, trailer, building structure, object, machine, or device, giving the owner 48 hours to remove the item prior to impoundment.
- Unregistered or Expired Vehicle - It is unlawful to leave on any property a vehicle or portion thereof that is wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled or inoperative for a period of 72 hours on public property or 30 days on private property which has affixed to it either an expired inspection certificate or license plate.
- Tree Limbs - It is a violation of city ordinance for tree limbs extending beyond the curb line and over the street to hang lower than 13 feet 6 inches above the roadway. All limbs that extend past the curb and out over the street must be trimmed to a MINIMUM height of 13 feet 6 inches above the curb and continuing that height out over the surface. Tree limbs that are over sidewalks or ground level must be trimmed to a height of 8 feet above the sidewalk. See the following diagram for a graphic description. Keep in mind that 13' 6" is the MINIMUM required and that heavy foliage or the limbs becoming wet from rain will cause them to sag as much as 3 feet. These conditions could cause you to be in violation if your limbs are trimmed to the minimum height. It is recommended that any limbs over the street be trimmed to a height of 16 feet. By keeping your branches over the street trimmed, the City's Fire trucks and Ambulances can respond to emergencies without having to swerve around low hanging limbs. Additionally, the City's street sweeper will be able to hug the curb and clean the streets more effectively. Once the limbs have been trimmed, you may call the city at 653-9140 ext. 2225 or 2226 to find out what date your particular house address is scheduled for the brush pick-up. All limbs must be placed at the curb prior to the pick-up. PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LIMBS IN THE STREET OR ON TOP OF WATER METERS OR ELECTRICAL BOXES.
- Garage Sale Signs - Garage sale signs in residential areas shall not exceed four square feet in face area. They may not be illuminated or erected earlier than two days before the sale date, and shall be removed within two days following the sale. Signs must show the dates and address of the sale. Signs cannot be posted on utility poles, stop signs, traffic control boxes or community mailboxes. If signs are posted on private property, the permission of the owner must be obtained.
- Semi-Annual Bulk Pickup – Items you plan to put out for Bulk Pickup must not be put out until after the city wide garage sale weekend.