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Code Compliance Program

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

 

If your question is not addressed below and/or you wish to file a complaint, please call the Code Compliance Office at (307) 686-5309.

(Q) How does the program work?

(A) A person can call in a complaint at any time regarding items they feel are in violation of Chapter 13 of the City Code. The Code Compliance Inspector will verify the complaint by a personal visit to the location and a letter will be sent to the property owner asking for compliance. If compliance is received, the property owner is sent a thank you letter. If compliance is not received within the allotted timeframe, the violator may receive a citation and a mandatory court appearance with the judge issuing the penalty. Additionally, an abatement of the property may occur.

(Q) What are the penalties for non-compliance?

(A) The judge can issue a fine up to $750 (to which court costs may be added) for each offense. Each day’s continued non-compliance shall constitute a separate offense. Additionally, an abatement of the property can occur.

(Q) How does the program work?

(A) A person can call in a complaint at any time regarding items they feel are in violation of Chapter 13 of the City Code. The Code Compliance Inspector will verify the complaint by a personal visit to the location and a letter will be sent to the property owner asking for compliance. If compliance is received, the property owner is sent a thank you letter. If compliance is not received within the allotted timeframe, the violator may receive a citation and a mandatory court appearance with the judge issuing the penalty. Additionally, an abatement of the property may occur.

(Q) What are the penalties for non-compliance?

(A) The judge can issue a fine up to $750 (to which court costs may be added) for each offense. Each day’s continued non-compliance shall constitute a separate offense. Additionally, an abatement of the property can occur.

(Q) What does it mean to abate a property?

(A) The types of violations which can cause a property to go through the abatement procedure include tall grass and weeds and the removal of debris/garbage. A property is typically posted for abatement if it is not brought into compliance within the allotted timeframe given in Chapter 13 of the City Code. The Code Compliance Division will post a sign on the property and will request bids from contractors for the cost to remove the violation. The Code Compliance Division will then hire a contractor to remove the violation. The property owner or responsible party will then receive a bill for the cost of the contractor.

(Q) How tall can grass be before I am in violation of the City Code?

(A) Once grass and weeds reach a height of twelve (12) inches and higher they are considered a nuisance and must be mowed. Property Owners are given 14 days to address the tall weeds and grass. If the property is not brought into compliance, the property may be posted for abatement.

(Q) What about the sidewalk along my property? What am I responsible for?

(A) As a property owner, you are required to keep the sidewalk clear of all obstructions to allow for pedestrian access. Pedestrians should not have to walk into the street due to the obstruction of the sidewalk. If you have trees in your yard which hang over the sidewalk, you need to trim the tree to allow for proper access to and use of the sidewalk. Trailer hitches are not allowed to hang over the sidewalk.

(Q) How long can I leave my stove, refrigerator, washing machine or other appliance outside without being in violation of the City Code?

(A) You cannot leave these items outside longer than 24 hours. These items are deemed a danger and constitute a public life safety hazard.

(Q) Can tires, buckets, bottles, etc. be stored outside?

(A) These items cannot be stored outside for longer than 72 hours because they create a breeding ground for insects. If the items are to be stored outside, they must be stored in such a manner as to prevent the collection and stagnation of water.

(Q) Are there any requirements for storage of construction debris?

(A) All construction debris and litter must be controlled on site to prevent windblown debris from impacting adjacent properties. The owner, responsible person, or contractor shall have and maintain on the site a proper container to contain or otherwise control construction debris generated on the site.

(Q) Can I have unlicensed/inoperable, wrecked, or junked motor vehicles and/or automobile parts on my property?

(A) No, you cannot store these items on your property for longer than 14 days unless they are properly stored in an enclosed building or on a commercial zoned storage lot. Additionally, furniture cannot be stored outside for longer than 14 days.

(Q) Where can I put my garage sale signs at?

(A) Garage sale signs should be located on private property only. Garage sale, yard sale, lost pet, etc. signs should not be located within City of Gillette right-of-way or on any utility poles or boxes. If signs are found to be on or within City of Gillette property, they are immediately removed.