Inform. Inspect. Improve.
The mission of Code Compliance is to educate the public and gain citizen compliance on health, safety, and quality of life issues. The City of Abilene residents need and deserve to live in a safe and healthy environment. Code Compliance is responsible for enforcing city ordinances. The division is authorized to pursue criminal and civil remedies to abate nuisances for the purpose of maintaining a safe, sanitary and clean city.
Note: Nuisance includes high weeds, off-street parking, unsightly conditions, falling fences, etc.
Grass & Weeds Over 12 Inches
Grasses weeds or brush at a height greater than twelve (12) inches, including the adjacent parkway and alleys. This includes:
- The portion of any lot, tract or parcel of land greater than five (5) acres, which is within thirty (30) feet from the curb of any street, edge of pavement, or any traveled portion of a street or roadway.
- The portion of the lot, tract or parcel of land greater than five (5) acres, which is within thirty (30) feet from any abutting lot, tract or parcel of land which is one(1) acre or less and occupied by a residence.
Please Note: Grass & weeds over 4ft will be sent directly to a mower and the owner will be billed.
Junk, Trash, Debris & Abandoned Materials in Public View
Accumulation of rubbish, trash, refuse, junk. All appliances intended for indoor use, working or nonworking, used, stored, abandoned or junked anywhere in the public view. Excessive accumulation of items intended for use outdoors that are not screened from public view. Items on a porch, in a yard, under a carport, or within any area visible from the public view that are not intended for use outdoors, furniture intended for indoor use that is used, stored, abandoned or junked outside, including on a porch, in a yard, or under a carport.
Residents are urged to be sure their properties are clean.
Vehicle Parked on Unimproved Surface of Residential Property
The ordinance prohibits vehicle parking on an unimproved surface of a residential area. To exclude areas screened from the public view by an opaque fence.
Fences in a deteriorated condition or subject to falling down due to lack of maintenance or damage or that are repaired with materials that are not comparable to the original.
Dead, diseased, or insect harboring trees when such trees constitute a hazard to life or property.
Any building or other structure which is in such a dilapidated condition that is unfit for human habitation, or kept in such an unsanitary condition that it is a menace to the health of people residing in the vicinity thereof, or presents a heightened fire hazard in the vicinity where it is located.
All disagreeable or obnoxious odors and stenches, as well as the conditions, substances or other causes which give rise to the emission or generation of such odors and stenches including dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas, soot or cinders, in unreasonable quantities.
Vehicle with Expired Plates & Inoperable (Not in the Street)
A junk vehicle is defined as follows:
- A vehicle which is self-propelled; and
- Is wrecked, dismantled, or partially dismantled, or discarded
- Is inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than 30 consecutive days on private property
- Displays an expired license plate or does not display a license plate.
If a vehicle meets the definition of a junked motor vehicle it must be screened from public view. Appropriate screening may include an enclosed building or a solid privacy fence. Fitted car covers are not considered proper screening.
Get to know the laws…if the owner and/or occupant fail to comply in a timely manner with a request to correct a violation, a municipal court citation may be issued and/or the violation corrected at the owner’s expense. A lien may be filed to recover the city’s cost of abatement.
Assistant Director for Code Compliance and Office of Neighborhood Services
Community Enhancement Manager
Code Compliance Officers
Frequently Asked Questions
Several factors may contribute to the amount of time required to respond to a citizen's report of a nuisance, including:
- locating the property owner
- inclement weather
- contractor's work load
- the ability or cooperation of the property owner
During the growing season, complaint inspections and abatement are significantly delayed due to the number of calls received for tall grass and weeds. From the initial inspection, to owner notification, and to subsequent abatement, there may be delays due to the timelines set by the State, and by the property owner's willingness to comply.
If the dumping is in the rights-of-way:
- Call the Environmental Enforcement Officer at (325) 676-DUMP (3867)
- The Officer will investigate & coordinate with Stormwater Utilities to track & take legal action against violators and clean-up of the dumped materials.
If the dumping is elsewhere, please provide as much information as possible to assist us in an investigation:
- the make, model, and/or color of the vehicle?
- a description of the individual(s) dumping (height, weight, age, etc)?
- the date, time, and location of dumping?
To report someone dumping items, you may contact:
- Dispose of trash properly, and encourage others to do so
- Spread the word to others that illegal dumping is a crime
- Organize and volunteer for cleanups of illegal dump sites
- Report illegal dumping by calling (325) 676-3867
Residents are responsible for the trimming of trees located on their property, to the center of the alley, and in the parkway (the area which extends from the property line to the curb or street pavement edge). You may contact a professional landscaping or tree trimming service to assist you with the trimming. Tree branches and limbs may be taken to the Abilene Brush Center located at 2149 Sandy Street off of East Hwy. 80 for recycling. This service is free to Abilene residents.
To report tree limbs touching electrical lines, contact AEP at 1-877-373-4858; to report tree limbs touching telephone lines, contact your telephone service provider.
The City of Abilene will investigate complaints of dead, diseased, or insect-harboring trees, and will deem it a nuisance when its condition constitutes a hazard to life or property.
The City will issue a Notice of Violation giving the property owner 10 days to abate the nuisance. A re-inspection will be made 10 days from the date of the notice. If the property is still in violation, the City may abate the nuisance and the owner will be charged an abatement fee, an administrative fee, and a penalty fee.
If the charges remain unpaid after 30 days from the billing date, the City will file a lien on the property and the debt will accumulate interest at 10% per year from due date until paid.
The City cannot mediate other tree disputes among neighbors. If you wish to report a violation, call (325) 676-6241.
Vehicles are not allowed to be parked in the yard of any residence.
Vehicles may be parked:
- On improved parking surfaces composed of pavement, concrete, bricks, or similar materials
- In areas screened from public view inside of a building or by solid or opaque fencing
- On gravel driveways meeting the following requirements:
- The parking area must be contained and clearly defined from the rest of the yard, by either lowering the ground surface enough to allow the top of the gravel to be flush with the existing yard, or by using some form of physical barrier such as landscape edging, bricks, concrete edging, or a similar treatment
- The parking area must be constructed of granular limestone, sandy gravel, or an asphalt milling. The material is required to be
compacted to a density similar to the surrounding natural soils a minimum of 3' deep after compacting & free from contaminates such as top soil or vegetation dense enough to prevent rutting
Driveways must be constructed in accordance with the requirements of the Public Works Department, and an Approach Permit must be obtained prior to construction. For more information regarding the Approach Permit, contact the Public Works Department at (325) 676-6281.
No. Commercial vehicles with a rated capacity greater than one (1) ton may not be parked on any public street, alley, parkway, boulevard, or public place in all zoning districts except Heavy Commercial and Heavy/Light Industrial.
Contact Planning and Development Services for on-street regulations of specific locations If you wish to report a violation, call the non-emergency number for the Abilene Police Department at (325) 673-8331.
If you operate a home business in a residentially zoned area, you may
- not have more than one person living outside of the home work there
- not have an illuminated identification sign larger than 1' x 1'
- not generate loud or raucous noise that interferes with the public peace and comfort
- not discharge noxious fumes
For additional information, visit Home Occupations.
No. It is a violation of the City Code to post signs on utility poles or trees, or in the City right-of-way. Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $500 per day, per violation.
If you wish to report a violation, call (325) 676-6241.
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