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What is a violation?

       Common Code Enforcement Violations

       FENCES:

1.     Perimeter fences (adjacent to an alley, utility easement, street, or right-of-way) shall be constructed of wood, wrought iron, masonry, brick, vinyl, PVC, or composite material.   Already existing chain link fences may remain on a property as long as they are maintained in good repair.  Support members of wooden perimeter fences shall be on the interior side of the fence and may not be visible to public view.

2.     Fences constructed along the rear or side property line may not exceed 8 feet in height. Fences in the front yard or in front of the front building line may not exceed 3 1/2 feet in height.

3.     Fences must be set back at least ten feet (10') from the back of the curb or, if there is no curb, ten feet (10’)from the street, or five feet (5') from the sidewalk.

4.     Fences shall not be placed within any right-of-way, easement, fire lane or required parking space, or obstruct any visibility sight line or triangle.

5.     Barbed wire, electrical or razor wire fencing is only allowed for agricultural or industrial uses. (To review this section in its entirety, see SUBCHAPTER 13, Section 35.13.9 A of the Denton Development Code.)

 


Common Fence Violation

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image of fence repaired

Deteriorated Fence Before

New Fence After

 

       GARAGE/OCCASIONAL SALES:

1.     Sales are limited to three (3) sales on a residential property in any twelve (12) month period with no more than one (1) sale every four (4) months, and with a limit of three (3) days per event, per lot.

2.     Signs stating the location and date may not be larger than six (6) square feet in area. No more than one (1) sign is allowed on the premises and no more than three (3) signs may be located off the premises.

3.     Signs may not be put out more than twenty-four (24) hours before the sale and must be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after the sale.

4.     Signs may not be placed on any public property, i.e.  on utility, traffic or existing sign poles, ten (10’) feet in from the curb, or in street medians. (To review this section in its entirety, see SUBCHAPTER 12, Sec. 35.12.9 E.4 of the Denton Development Code.)

 

Garage/Occasional Sales

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image of yard sale signage correctly placed in yard

Incorrect placement of sign

Correct placement of sign

 

GRASS, WEEDS AND OTHER VEGETATION:

1.     Grass and weeds higher than twelve (12) inches, including in easements and rights-of-way (from the property line to the curb or street), are not allowed.

2.     Grass and weeds growing upon/over the surface of an improved right-of-way (i.e. sidewalk, curb, street) are not allowed.

3.     All areas between a fence and adjacent curb, street, or property must be maintained free of high grass and weeds.

4.     If property is five (5) or more acres, you must mow a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from rights-of-way and property lines.  (To review this section in its entirely, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE IV, Sec. 17-40 (a) (d) (e) and ARTICLE VIII, Sec 17-80 (f) of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

Grass and Weeds Violation

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image of high grass and weeds after cutting

High Grass and Weeds Before

Grass After

 

       HOUSE NUMBERS:

House numbers are required and must be at least three (3) inches high and visible from the street. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 25, Sec. 25-10 Denton Code of Ordinances.)

 

House Numbers

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No House Numbers Before

House Number After

 
 

       INOPERABLE VEHICLE/MOTOR VEHICLE/JUNK VEHICLE:

1.     An inoperable vehicle or inoperable motor vehicle (one that has one or more flat tires, is wrecked, dismantled, or dilapidated); or a junk vehicle (does not have a valid registration and inspection, and is wrecked, dismantled or discarded; or inoperable for seventy-two (72) consecutive hours on public property, or thirty (30) consecutive days on private property) is not allowed to be visible from any right-of-way or adjacent property.

2.     No more than one such vehicle is allowed on a residential property and only if screened completely by a solid, opaque fence or enclosed in a building.

3.     A car cover on an inoperable or junk vehicle is not considered adequate screening.

4.     A vehicle not demonstrated to be operable, is considered inoperable.

5.     An inoperable motor vehicle that remains inoperable for more than thirty (30) consecutive days becomes a junk vehicle. (To review this section in its entirely, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE III, Sec, 17-35 (a)(b)(c)(d)(h-i)of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

Inoperable Vehicle/Motor Vehicle/Junk Vehicle
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 Inoperable Motor Vehicle
 After Removal of Inoperable Motor Vehicle

***Special Note:  Also Temporary Carport and Outdoor Storage

 

After Removal of Inoperable Motor Vehicle, Temporary Carport and Outdoor Storage

       OUTDOOR STORAGE:

1.     Storage of miscellaneous items and objects outside of an enclosed building are not allowed unless screened completely from public view at all times (ex. privacy fence) and shall be located in the side or rear yard only.

2.     Children's play equipment, smokers, barbeque grills, and furniture or appliances designed for outdoor use do not have to be screened, but are allowed only in the side or rear yard, and are not allowed in the front yard.

3.     Outdoor furniture designed for outdoor use and in good repair is allowed in the front yard. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE VI, Sec. 17-60 of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

Outdoor Storage
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 Residential Outside Storage Before  Residential Outside Storage After
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 Commercial Outside Storage Before  Commercial Outside Storage After

       PARKING ON RIGHTS-OF-WAY OR SIDEWALKS:

Parking any vehicle or motor vehicle, including watercraft, trailers, recreational vehicles, etc., on or across any right-of-way (including sidewalks, alleys, public easements, streets, highways and their shoulders, etc.) is not allowed.  Exception: vehicles legally parked on a street or highway.  Code Enforcement works only those violations that involve private property.  All other parking violations on public property are handled by the Police Department.  You may contact the Police Department at (940) 349-8181.  You will reach a recording offering several options.  Please select “Duty Officer”.  (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE X, Sec. 17-101 (a) (9) (10) of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

Parking on Right-of-Way or Sidewalks
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 Parking Over Sidewalk Before   After Moving Car

 

       PARKING ON UNIMPROVED SURFACE- SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND DUPLEXES:

1.     It is unlawful to park or store, or allow another to park or store, a vehicle in the front, side or rear yard of any property upon any surface other than an improved parking surface.   An improved parking surface is one made of concrete, asphalt, pavers or open pavers.

2.     Dirt driveways may come into compliance by excavating the driveway and pouring four (4) inches of gravel and bordering it. 

3.     If no improved surface exists in the side or rear yard, the vehicle may be parked behind a six (6) foot solid fence or wall, or be stored within an enclosed structure.

4.     Parking surfaces added to an existing, improved parking surface in the front, side or rear yard must be made of the same material and be connected to and run parallel with the original improved surface.

5.     Additional parking surfaces may not be more than twelve (12) feet wide and may not be closer than three (3) feet to a neighboring property line. If the additional surface is parallel with a sidewalk, there must be at least five (5) feet between the added surface and the closest edge of the sidewalk.

6.     Additional parking surfaces cannot be within an easement or right-of-way, or interfere with line of sight or a sight visibility triangle.

7.     Parking surfaces added to an existing gravel driveway may be made of four (4) inches of gravel, excavated and made level with the existing gravel surface, bordered and maintained grass and weed free.

8.     Parking surfaces added to an existing driveway made of parallel concrete, parking ribbons, must be made of same material and run parallel to the original concrete ribbons. Concrete ribbons must be maintained in good condition. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE X, Section 17-101 (a) (1) (3-8) of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

 Parking on Unimproved Surface - Single Family
Homes and Duplexes
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 Car Parked on Unimproved Surface Before  After Removal of Car

       STORAGE OF GOODS IN RIGHTS-OF-WAY:

Nothing may be stored in the right-of-way, including parkways (the area between the curb and sidewalk), sidewalks, streets, alleys, easements, etc., ex. basketball goals, skateboard ramps, etc. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE X, Section 17-101 (a) (9) of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

Storage of Goods in Rights-of-Way
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 Storage of Basketball Goal Before  After Removal of Basketball Goal

       TEMPORARY CARPORTS OR AUTO SHADE COVERS:

Any structure, that is easily moveable, and which supports a flexible membrane canopy for the purpose of shade and/or weather protection is not allowed in residential or commercial districts. The only exception is for use by licensed car dealers. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE IX, Section 17-90 of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

 Temporary Carports or Auto Shade Covers
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 Temporary Carport Before  Temporary Carport After Removal
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 Temporary Carport Before  Temporary Carport After Removal

       TEMPORARY STORAGE CONTAINERS/PORTABLE STORAGE UNITS (PODS):

1.     Citizens must obtain a temporary use permit from the Building Inspection Department. Contact (940) 349-8360. Permit must be posted in a visible location.

2.     In residential areas, there is a limit of three (3) permits per calendar year, per lot, and limited to thirty (30) days per each permit.

3.     In non-residential areas, there is a limit of one (1) permit per calendar year, limited to one hundred-eighty (180) days per permit, per lot.

4.     Containers/units existing prior to the effective date of the Ordinance must obtain a temporary use permit.

5.     Storage containers must be located on an improved surface.

6.     Storage containers may not be located in any part of a fire lane, required parking space or maneuvering lane, public right-of-way, or visibility triangle.

7.     Property must have a principal structure to which the storage container is an accessory use.

8.     Storage containers less than one hundred-twenty (120) square feet, located in a rear yard and screened from public view, do not need a temporary use permit.(To review this section in its entirety, see SUBCHAPTER 12, Section35.12.9 D.4 and E.1, F1 and Subchapter 23, Sec. 35.23.2 of the Denton Development Code.)

 

 Temporary Storage Containers/Portable Storage Units (PODS)
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 Temporary Storage Container Before  After Removal of Temporary Storage Container

       TRASH/RECYCLING CONTAINERS:

1.     Containers may not be set out until after 6 p.m. the night before scheduled pickup, and all containers and unaccepted items must be removed from the curb by 8 a.m. the morning after scheduled pickup and stored in an appropriate location.

2.     No containers may be placed in the front yard or on the front porch in public view.

3.     Containers should be stored at the side or the rear of the residence, or

4.     Stored within a garage or other enclosed building. (To review this section in its entirety; see CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE II, Section 24-43 of the Denton Code of Ordinances.)

 

 Trash/Recycling Containers
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 Trash/Recycle Bins Before  After Removal

       TRASH AND DEBRIS:

Trash, debris, junk, garbage, refuse, etc. are not allowed on any property, including rights-of-way and easements, and includes loose or bagged trash; grass/weed clippings; scrap metal, wood, building materials; brush; tires; discarded household or other items, etc. (To review this section in its entirety, see CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE V, Section 17 - 2, 17 - 50 of the Denton Property Maintenance Code.)

 

 Trash and Debris
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 Debris Before  After Removal

***Special Note:  Solid Waste will not pick up bulky items without a special request

 

 


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