Code Enforcement Violations

Code Enforcement includes but is not limited to:

  • High Grass and Weeds
  • The accumulation of Rubbish and/or Trash on Properties
  • The Abatement and or Removal of Dilapidated Structures
  • Property Maintenance and Zoning Violations

High Grass/Weeds: It shall be unlawful for the owner, lessee, renter or occupant of any lot or premises in the city to allow or permit all rank and uncultivated vegetable growth or matter, including grass, or tall grass which has grown to more than twelve inches (12”) in height or which regardless of height, is liable to become an unwholesome or a decaying mass or breeding place for mosquitoes or vermin. Tex. Health and Safety Code, § 342.001

Rubbish and/or Trash: It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit any trash, litter, or other waste in or on any lot, building, private property, house, establishment, or premises in the city other than a trash container designated for such purpose. The governing body of a municipality may regulate the cleaning of any filth or other impure or unwholesome matter of any kind to accumulate or remain thereon, in accordance with Tex. Health and Safety Code, § 342.003.

Substandard Structure(s): A municipality may, by ordinance, require the vacation, relocation of occupants, securing, repair, removal, or demolition of a building that is: dilapidated, substandard, or unfit for human habitation and a hazard to the public health, safety, and welfare; regardless of its structural condition, unoccupied by its owners, lessees, or other invitees and is unsecured from unauthorized entry to the extent that it could be entered or used by vagrants or other uninvited persons as a place of harborage or could be entered or used by children;  or boarded up, fenced, or otherwise secured in any manner. Local Government Code Chapter 214

Zoning: A zoning ordinance is a rule that defines how property in specific geographic zones can be used. Zoning ordinances may also regulate lot size, placement, density, and the height of structures.

Property maintenance is best defined as any preventive or reactive maintenance action taken to keep a property fully functional and operating in its best condition. Property maintenance includes a wide range of responsibilities and requests.