Code Enforcement FAQs
Find answers to your Code Enforcement and zoning questions.
How do I report a zoning or weed ordinance violation?
- To report a violation for zoning, weeds or litter, call 311. You will have the option to remain anonymous.
How do I find out how a particular property is zoned?
- You may do an online search to find out how a particular property is zoned on our Planning Department website. You'll need the address of the property you are researching. Then enter that address in the Address Report search.
What does a particular zone designation mean?
- To read more in-depth about a particular zone designation, you can visit our Zoning Code listing.
What businesses are allowed in single-family residential neighborhoods (R-1 Zones)?
- Home businesses or "home occupations" are allowed, but are limited to telephone or mailing services or low-key businesses. Manufacturing, which includes baking, small machine repair and automotive work are not permitted. For more information, contact the Code Enforcement Division at (505) 924-3850.
Is there a limit to how many garage sales my neighbor can hold?
- Yes. Garage or yard sales are only allowed once every 12 months at a given home in an R-1 zone. The sale may not exceed three days in length and only typical household goods may be sold. Advertising signs are not permitted on medians or other City property.
Can an RV be parked on private property in an R-1 zone?
- RVs, boats and boat trailers may be parked inside or outside in a side yard or rear yard, provided that no part of the unit extends over the public sidewalk. The unit can only be used for dwelling purposes for a maximum of 14 days. Cooking is not permitted and there can be no permanent connection for water, sewer or electricity.
Can a group home be located in an R-1 zone?
- A Community Residential Program (excluding community residential corrections programs and community residential programs for substance abuse rehabilitation) with up to 10 client residents can be located in an R-1 zone provided that the standards of Section 14-16-3-12 of the zoning code are met.
Do I need a zoning permit to raise the wall around my yard to 6ft?
- Yes, to raise a wall to up to 6 feet high or install a new wall, you do need a zoning permit. Permits can be purchased at the Permit Counter and start at $25. You'll need a detailed drawing of what you'd like to do with measurements. In addition, it's always a good idea to know where your property line is before applying for a wall/fence permit. If you are looking to raise or build a wall that is higher than 6 feet tall, then you would get your permit from the Building Safety Division also located in the Planning Department building.
When is a weed in violation of the Weed and Anti-Litter Ordinance?
- Any growth of weeds to a height greater than four inches is prohibited on occupied and unoccupied land within the City. This includes the area between the property line and the curb. In addition, the weed(s) in question must be one of those types identified as nuisance weeds.
Where can I learn more about nuisance weed removal and how Code Enforcement works to correct issues with weeds?
- The Code Enforcement Division has a web page devoted to explaining details about nuisance weed removal and how the division works to correct issues. Learn more about Nuisance Weed Removal by clicking here.
I live in a poorly maintained apartment. What can I do?
- Call 311 to report the issue and it will be sent to Code Enforcement for investigation and/or inspection. Code enforcement needs a name and address with the complaint in order to look into the matter. If an inspection is required, we will also need you to sign a waiver permitting us to enter the private property to inspect the living conditions.
Can the City put a lien on my property?
- Code Enforcement occasionally creates and files liens on properties when they have been found to be in violation of the Anti-Weed and Litter Ordinance or the Uniform Housing Code Ordinance. In both cases, property owners are notified that their property is in violation and are given time to resolve the violation(s). If the violation is not corrected in the time given, a work order is created to have the work completed and a lien is filed against the property for the cost of the work performed. All liens are filed with the County Clerk's Office. The County Clerk can be reached at (505) 468-1294.
How long is a dumpster permitted to sit in a driveway or on private property?
- Construction dumpsters and/or temporary storage units (i.e. "pods," "mobile minis," etc.) are allowed by Code Enforcement to be placed on private property in conjunction with a city-permitted construction project for the duration of the work. For projects that do not require a city permit, Code Enforcement typically allows a property owner to place them on their lot for up to 180 days. Dumpsters or units that are placed in the street are not regulated by the Code Enforcement Division, but the homeowner does need to obtain a barricading permit from the Department of Municipal Development for dumpsters placed in the street.
Can a "Chicken Business" be run out of a residential home?
- In most residential zones, the non-commercial keeping of poultry is allowed without a restriction. Concerns about an excess of chickens in a residential back yard or yard, may be addressed by Animal Control/Animal Welfare Department.
A neighbor is running a general contractor business or other type of business out of their home, do they need to have a permit to do this?
- A home-based business is allowed from any residential location within the city. However, there are some limitations on the intensity of activity and the area of the home that can be used in conjunction with the business. A permit is not mandatory for a home-based business, but the city business registration is required through the Planning Department's Business Registration Section.
Are goats allowed in residential areas and zones?
- For most areas with a residential zone designation, that are at least half-acre in area, the keeping of goats for non-commercial purposes is allowed provided the number of goats does not exceed (1) for each 4,000 square feet of open lot area.
Does Code Enforcement handle graffiti calls for service?
- No. The Code Enforcement Division does not handle calls about graffiti clean-up. Those calls are handled by the Clean Cities Division of the Solid Waste Department.
Which Ordinances or Codes does the Code Enforcement Division enforce?
The Planning Department's Code Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing on private property for the following codes and/or ordinances
- Comprehensive City Zoning Code
- Uniform Housing Code
- Weed, Litter and Snow Removal Ordinance
- Numbering of City Buildings Ordinance
Can the Code Enforcement Division do anything about cars, RV's or boats parked in the street for an extended length of time?
- No. The parking of any type of vehicle on the street is governed by the City's traffic code. The Planning Department's Code Enforcement Division does not enforce traffic code. You may work with APD or the Department of Municipal Development's Parking Division on those matters.
Where can I learn more about Safe City Strike Force?
- To learn more about the Safe City Strike Force, including the number of staff members and how they work for you, please visit the Code Enforcement Division here.