Top 10 Code Violations

High Grass & Weeds

Outside Storage

Trash and Debris

Trash Out Early

Parking on Grass

Junk Motor Vehicle

Signs

Fences

Dead Tree/Limbs

Oversized/Commercial Vehicles

Irving Code Enforcement

High Grass & Weeds

In violation: High Grass and Weeds
In violation: High grass and/or weeds.
  • Grass and weeds more than 10 inches high is prohibited. 
  • Property owners and tenants are responsible for keeping lawns moved to the edge of the roadway.
  • Grass or weeds may not protrude over the sidewalk or curb. 
  • Alleys behind properties shall be kept mowed and limbs/shrubs trimmed back to the fence line. Trees in alleys must be trimmed to allow for a 7-foot clearance.
  • No grass is to be blown into the street or sanitary storm drains.

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In violation: Trash and debris.

In violation: Trash and debris.

Trash and Debris

The property owner and tenants are responsible for keeping their property free of trash, brush and debris.

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Outside Storage

In violation: Outside storage.
In violation: Outside storage.
  • Property owners and tenants are responsible for keeping their property free of illegal outside storage items.
  • Illegal outside storage items include and are not limited to the accumulation of household furniture, trash, building materials, car parts, merchandise for sale, inventory or supplies for a business, etc.
  • Playground equipment, children’s toys and barbecue grills may be stored on the side or rear yard.
  • All items except for patio furniture must be stored within an enclosed building or removed.
  • If minor in nature and customary for primary use, those items would not be considered in violation.

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In violation: Trash out early.

In violation: Trash out early.

Trash Out Early

  • Trash shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the day before collection day.
  • It must be properly bagged.
  • Construction materials and carpet will not be picked up.
  • Trash shall not be picked up on holidays.
  • Call for brush & bulk trash pickup schedule before setting out: (972) 721-8059.

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Parking on Grass

In violation: Parking on the grass.
In violation: Parking on the grass.
  • Parking of vehicles, boats, or trailers is not allowed on grass or other unimproved surfaces.
  • Exception: The vehicle is actively being washed during the entire time of such parking.
  • Exception: The vehicle is screened on all sides by a six-foot blind fence or a building wall and vehicle must be operable.

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In violation: Junk motor vehicle.

In violation: Junk motor vehicle.

Junk Motor Vehicle

Vehicle is prohibited if it is visible from the street or other public or private property, and
  • Has an expired license plate or an inspection sticker; and
  • Is wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded; or
  • Is inoperable and has remained so for more than 30 consecutive days.

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Signs

In violation: Signs.
In violation: High grass and/or weeds.
  • Installing new signs or refacing a sign requires a permit.
  • Banners must be ground mounted and are allowed with a permit two times a year for 14 consecutive days.
  • Temporary signs no larger than four (4) square feet may be placed in the parkway between the sidewalk and street from Friday noon through Monday noon.
  • The placement of temporary signs are not allowed in center medians, telephone poles, street signs, trees, state highways or access roads.
  • Temporary signs must be removed by noon on Monday.

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In violation: Fence.

In violation: Fence.

Fences

  • New fences require a permit and metal posts.
  • No permit required if repairing or partially replacing that does not exceed 100 linear feet.
  • Fences must be maintained in a good condition (i.e., may not be rotted, leaning, missing panels, etc.).
  • Fence construction shall be of like materials, consistent and uniform from post to post (Section 15-18 (a) 11, of the Development Standards and Building Codes).

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Dead Tree/Limbs

In violation: Tree limbs.
In violation: Tree limbs over a sidewalk.
  • Dead trees capable of causing harm or injury must be removed.
  • Property owner and tenants are responsible for cutting and trimming overhanging limbs and shrubs.
  • All trees must be trimmed to allow for a 7-foot clearance over the sidewalk.
  • Trees or shrubbery shall not obstruct, extend, or protrude over or into streets and alleys that interfere with free movement of any vehicles.
  • Tree limbs overhanging from a private property to another adjacent property is not a code violation but rather a civil issue between the two parties.         

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In violation: Oversized/Commercial Vehicle

In violation: Oversized/commercial vehicle.

Oversized/Commercial Vehicles

In residential districts, the parking of any oversized or commercial vehicle from the following list is prohibited:
  • Vehicles with three (3) axles or more, buses, truck tractors, tow trucks, ones with rated capacity in excess of one and one-half (1 ½) tons, cargo or bobtail truck with more than seven hundred twenty (720) cubic feet capacity, or vehicles more than twenty (20) feet in length, eight (8) feet in width, and ten (10) feet in height.
It is an affirmative defense the vehicle is not parked in the front yard and is screened by a solid six (6) foot high fence or wall.

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