Common Code Violation Articles For Your Newsletter

Below are some short articles regarding common code violations. Please feel free to use these articles in your newsletter and make any changes you would like.

To find out more information about City Codes you can click HERE for the full Code of Ordinances.

Also check out our Good Neighbor Self Inspection Guide for a short checklist to make sure your property is not in violation of common code violations.

Common Nuisance and Property Maintenance Ordinances can be found in chapters 48 and 56 respectively in the City of Kansas City’s Code of Ordinances

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Disabled/Unlicensed vehicle: 48-27

Any damaged or disabled vehicles must be kept in a private garage. All vehicles must also be licensed. If you do have a damaged or disabled vehicle you can store it in a private garage to avoid being in violation.

Tall grass & weeds: 48-30

Tall grass and weeds can turn into something more than an eyesore. Grass and weeds taller than 10 inches can harbor rodents, snakes and other pests as well as block visibility around street corners for drivers. This Ordinance also applies to vacant lots. In order to avoid being in violation of City Code your grass must be kept shorter than 10 inches.

Off-street parking of vehicles: 48-28

All vehicles must be parked on a parking space, driveway, and on the side of a street (this is only permitted if your neighborhood says it’s okay). Please do not park in the yard. Any vehicles parked on anything other than a paved parking space would be considered a violation.

Open Storage: 48-32

Please store your indoor furniture and appliances indoors. Yard furniture, neatly stacked firewood, garden or yard tools, toys, usable building materials are all things that can be stored outdoors on your property.

The storage of usable building materials are permitted and will not be considered a violation if the open storage is temporary, the building materials are to be used on the premises, the building materials are neatly stacked at least 18 inches off the ground, and the building materials are not leaning against the side of a structure.

Exterior Walls; Peeling Paint: 56-132

Every exterior wall, including screened-off areas, doors and windows, must be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timbers, or any condition that might allow rain water, or insects into the home. Every painted surface on the exterior of your home must be kept in good condition. This means no peeling, cracked, blistered paint or paint damaged by weather that appears uneven or spotty. Any exterior surface must be protected against weathering.