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Summer's all right, when you know the laws

Article Published 07/09/2008

By Mark Reece
July 2008

LAYTON — Historically, summer months bring an increase in overall number of code enforcement complaints and cases, according to the Layton Police Department. In response to this, officers are reminding residents to be aware of some of the most common ordinance violations.

Inoperable/Unlicensed Vehicles — All vehicles on the property must be licensed and operable. Any inoperable or unlicensed vehicles must be removed from your property, or stored in a completely enclosed structure. This includes any and all vehicle parts. If vehicles are being restored, a Restoration Permit is required and can be obtained from the Community Development Department.

Soft Surface Parking — All vehicles and trailers must be parked on a hard surface. All parking areas must be permanently maintained with an all-weather surface such as concrete, asphalt, or gravel, and must be kept free of all vegetation. Parking is not allowed on landscaped areas.

Weed Violations — All weeds on the property must be maintained so they do not exceed 12 inches in height. This includes the parking strip. All trimmings must be removed from the property.

Outdoor Storage Violations — All solid waste, litter and discarded/unused items, such as building materials, construction equipment and vehicle parts must be removed from your property or stored in a completely enclosed structure.

Street/Sidewalk Obstructions — Trees and bushes must be cut and maintained 7 feet above the sidewalk and 13 feet 6 inches above the street. This includes all trees and/or bushes in the parking strip. Additionally, the streets and sidewalks must be kept clear of dirt, landscaping items and play equipment.

Parking Violations — This includes vehicles parked too far from the curb or facing traffic; vehicles parked across the sidewalk; vehicles parked on the street that are mechanically inoperable or that cannot legally be operated on public streets; recreational vehicles parked on the street for more than 24 hours; semi tractors, with trailers or without, parked in residential areas.

The Police Department strives to work in conjunction with all residents to make the community a more attractive and safer place to live and work. By working together, the beauty of neighborhoods can be preserved, property values can be protected and residents can be prevented from being exposed to unhealthy or unsafe conditions.

Additional information about City ordinances can be obtained by visiting www.laytoncity.org and selecting the Municipal Code Online option, or by contacting Sgt. John Holden at (801) 336-3484.