- What are the regulations concerning exterior structure and code enforcement?
The exterior of a residential and commercial structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound, and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare as outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code, 2015.
- Are recreational vehicles allowed on my property?
No recreational vehicles can be stored on any lot in a residential district except for in an enclosed garage, provided however that a recreational vehicle may be parked on a driveway or in the rear yard of a residential lot for a period not to exceed a total of 24 hours during loading or unloading. Recreational vehicles are considered to be the following:
- Travel trailer
- Tractor trailer
- Pickup camper
- Camping trailer
- Motor home
- Travel coach
- Motorized dwelling
- Tent trailer
- Boat trailer
- Snowmobile trailer
- Horse trailer
- Dune buggy
- Any other similar equipment
- Can I keep construction materials on my property?
All exterior property and premises shall be free from any accumulation or storage of constructional materials such as but not limited to:
This is unless said materials are related to and necessary for lawful construction activities on the premises, the storage is neat and orderly and is limited in duration to the time reasonably necessary to incorporate the stored items into the construction on the premises.
- How often and to what degree do I have to maintain my lawn from grass and noxious weeds?
No owner of any parcel of land within the city shall permit any growth of weeds, grass, or other vegetation to a height no greater than seven inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass, or brush.
Prior to May first in any year the city manager is authorized to notify the owner of any parcel of land or the agent of the owner to cut, destroy, and/or remove the material and vegetation and to keep it cut, destroyed, and/or removed until October 15 of that year.
- Can I park old cars or cars I'm working on off-street?
Use of off-street parking for the storage or repair of motor vehicles or for the parking of wrecked or junked vehicles is prohibited.
- Am I allowed to remove trees on my property?
An individual parcel owner may remove the greater of 4 regulated trees or 10% of the regulated trees from their lot within a two-year period without a permit. If the owner elects to remove a percentage of the regulated trees on the parcel, they must adequately document the total number of regulated trees on the parcel. Anything over the above-allotted number of trees requires a permit.
- Does the city care about fallen and dead trees on my private property?
All exterior property areas are to be maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition, this includes the removal of trees or tree branches that have fallen.
- Can I display signs on my property?
Businesses at times use a "banner" type sign on the exterior of their property to advertise or celebrate an award or milestone. This type of sign is prohibited.
- What types of natural features are allowed on private property?
A "natural feature" is a wetland such as a lake, pond, river, stream, or creek.
There is a 25-foot setback from the boundary or edge of a wetland and no activity such as construction, landscaping, tree/brush removal can occur within the setback without approval from the city.
- If I vacate my home, do I need to worry about maintenance and security?
Even though a residence may be vacant due to a seasonal change of homes or a pending sale, it is still the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the property is properly maintained. The property shall be properly landscaped which includes:
- Ground covers
- Hedges or similar plantings
Maintenance includes regular landscaping and removal of all trimming:
Property shall be maintained in a secure manner so as not to be accessible to unauthorized persons. Secure manner includes the closure and locking of all windows, doors, and gates.