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Springtime cleanup do's and don'ts

Article Published 03/19/2010
March 19, 2010

LAYTON — Springtime means renewal. The cold snaps have ended, color is returning to the landscapes and many residents start putting together lists of household chores of spring and early summer cleanup. It's also a good idea to be reminded of some of the most common City ordinance do's and don'ts associated with these projects.

Layton Police would like you to enjoy the upcoming seasons, and is offering these reminders from the department’s Police Code Enforcement Unit, which is gearing up for another busy spring and summer.

Historically, these months bring an increase in overall number of code enforcement complaints and cases.

Many of these violations are easily fixed, and awareness is the first step in solving the problem. Following are 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. In addition, the streets and sidewalks must be kept clear of dirt, landscaping items, and play equipment.

Parking Violations — 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.

And by working together as a community, the goals of preserving the beauty of our neighborhoods, protecting property values and preventing residents from being exposed to unhealthy or unsafe conditions can be realized.

Additional information about City ordinances can be obtained by visiting the following link or by contacting Sgt. John Holden at (801) 336-3484.