Exterior Property Maintenance



The Department of Inspections, Permits & Licenses is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all neighborhoods in our community. Active participation from all residents is essential to meeting this goal.

Outlined are some minimum requirements and guidelines established in the Property Maintenance Code for the exterior maintenance of your home, attached structures, and other buildings and accessories.

SANITATION
All exterior property and premises must be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition.

GRADING AND DRAINAGE
All premises must be maintained to prevent the erosion of soil and the accumulation of stagnant water.

RODENTS
All structures and property must be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation.

EXHAUST VENTS
All pipes, ducts, fans and other similar devices must not discharge gases, steam, hot air or other wastes onto another property or unit.

PREMISES IDENTIFICATION
All buildings must have approved address numbers placed in a legible and visible location from the street at least 4 inches high and .5 inch in stroke width.

MOTOR VEHICLES
No inoperative, unlicensed or disassembled motor vehicle can be parked or stored on any premises. No major vehicle overhaul or painting is permitted unless in an approved area.

DEFACEMENT OF PROPERTY
Damage, mutilation or defacement of any exterior surface, including markings, carvings, or graffiti is prohibited, and is the responsibility of the owner to restore and maintain the property.

STRUCTURAL MEMBERS
Structural members must be free from deterioration and able to support the imposed loads.

FOUNDATIONS
Foundations must be plumb and free from open cracks and breaks. They must be kept secure to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests.

EXTERIOR SURFACES
All exterior surfaces include doors, windows, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences. These must be in good condition and sound repair. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint must be eliminated and surfaces should be repainted or protected by other approved material.

ACCESSORY STRUCTURES
All accessory structures, including garages, fences, retaining walls, gates and swimming pools, must be kept in good repair and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.

ROOFS
All roofs and flashings must be sound, tight and not admit water/moisture to the structure. Roof drains, gutters, and downspouts must be maintained in good repair and be free from obstructions.

DECORATIVE FEATURES
All decorative features such as cornices, belt courses, and corbels, must be maintained in good repair. Signs, marquees and awnings must also be kept in good repair and securely anchored in a safe condition.

STAIRWAYS, DECKS, PORCHES & BALCONIES
These must be maintained in a safe and sound condition and in good repair with being properly anchored and able to maintain the imposed loads.

CHIMNEYS & TOWERS
All chimneys, cooling towers, smoke stacks and similar devices must be kept in a safe and sound condition. All metal surfaces must be protected form the elements against rust and decay.

HANDRAILS & GUARDS
Every handrail and guard must be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and maintained in good condition.

WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS AND DOOR FRAMES
Every window, skylight and door frame must be kept in sound condition, good repair and weather tight. All window glazing must be free from cracks and holes. Every window, other than a fixed window, must be easily openable and capable of being held in position by window hardware.

DOORS
All exterior doors, door assemblies, and hardware must be maintained in good condition. Locks at all entrances to dwelling units, rooming units and guestrooms must be tightly secure.

BASEMENT HATCHWAYS & WINDOWS
Every basement hatchway must be maintained to prevent the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage. All basement windows that are openable must be supplied with rodent shields, storm windows or other approved protection against rodents.

SIGNS
All signs must be protected from the elements and against decay and rust by the periodic application of a weather-coating material such as paint or other protective equipment.

 ABANDONED OR DANGEROUS SIGNS
A premise may not have on site an abandoned permanent or temporary sign or a dangerous sign.

PORTABLE SIGNS
All portable signs must have all necessary permits and conform to standards and guidelines as set forth in Chapter 8, Part 5 of the Land Development Code.

FENCES
The location and height requirements must conform to standards set forth in the Land Development Code.

PARKING
All vehicles must be parked on hard durable surface and in locations permissible in the Land Development Code.

WEEDS
All noxious weeds and grasses may not be taller than 10 inches.