Be a Neat Neighbor
TAKE ACTION • HELP OTHERS • AVOID CITATIONS, FEES, & FINES (Code Enforcement Services Website)
Being a neat neighbor by preventing code violations has many benefits:
- Making your home and neighborhood attractive
- Helping to improve property values
- Making the streets, sidewalks, alleys, and buildings safer
- Promoting health by eliminating unwanted trash, debris, and vermin
- Avoiding potential citations, fees, and fines
5 Ways to Prevent Code Violations:
TRIM WEEDS & GRASS
Tall weeds and grass at your property can trigger allergies and respiratory problems plus harbor rodents and other pests. Trim weeds or grass below 6 inches high. You’re also responsible for maintaining the height of weeds and grass in areas next to your property: sidewalks, street easements, and one half of the width of the alley.
LIMIT OR SCREEN OUTSIDE STORAGE
Keep your property looking tidy by complying with these outside storage guidelines: • no front yard storage – store items only in the back or side yards • limit storage of a maximum of 25% of your total lot size • screen storage items in an enclosed structure or with a solid, nontransparent wall or fence that’s a minimum of 5 feet high.
STORE & SCREEN JUNK VEHICLES
A motor vehicle, trailer, or camper shell that meets one or more of these seven conditions is defined as a junk or inoperable vehicle: wrecked, dismantled, abandoned, doesn’t operate, scrapped, stripped, cannot be safely operated.
A junked vehicle is permitted to be stored and screened on a property if:
- It’s stored in a garage/permanent building made of nontransparent materials
- It’s stored in a carport with a nontransparent car cover designed for that purpose and that covers the vehicle. (No tarps. No bed sheets.)
- It’s stored behind a “legal” barrier that completely surrounds the vehicle. A legal barrier – such as a fence or wall – must be at least 5 feet high, constructed of nontransparent material with no holes or gaps, and properly anchored.
TRIM ENCROACHING PLANTS
Ouch! Low hanging tree branches, encroaching cacti, and large brushes can be a safety hazard for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. You’re responsible for trimming any vegetation on your property that grows into the public right of way such as the sidewalk, street, or alley.
STOP ILLEGAL DUMPING
It’s illegal to dispose of junk, litter, debris, or trash in unauthorized places on public property and even private property such as a yard, streets, alley, easements, or washes. Some solutions: use Brush & Bulky to dispose of materials, keep refuse in an approved on-site container, and report illegal dumping.
CLEAN UP WITH BRUSH & BULKY
Twice a year Environmental and General Services offers residential customers Brush & Bulky (B&B) collection – a popular service included in the monthly utility service fee. B&B includes landscape, cacti, and tree debris, furniture, carpet & doors, mattresses, appliances, lumber & PVC, and scrap metal. Call (520) 791-3171 for special B&B pick-up service for a fee.
CODE INSPECTORS ARE IN THE FIELD
From illegal dumping to abandoned buildings and yards overgrown with weeds, the team at the City of Tucson’s Code Enforcement Division is focused on protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Tucsonans. City Code Inspectors educate and enforce key ordinances that affect tenants, property owners, builders, and business operators.
Phone: 520 791-5843
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.