Zoning helps city government regulate congestion on streets, prevent overcrowding, maintain property values and ensure the health, safety and general welfare of residents.
Zoning violations — like this illegal fence addition — are considered harmless by some, but they can have determental effects on property value and safety.
Code Compliance routinely investigates violations, which often include:
- automobile repair shops, wrecking yards and daycares operated in residential zoning
- outside storage
- encroachment of a right of way
- unpermitted garage sales
- fence regulations.
Violators are issued a written notice directing that the violation be corrected within ten days. Illegal uses of zoned areas can result in a fine of up to $2,000 for each offense.