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HomeDEPARTMENTSFire DepartmentCode Compliance > Most Commonly Observed Violations

Some of the most commonly observed violations are:

Illegal Sign Placement:
It is illegal to erect or affix a sign in the right of way (the area from the curb to the sidewalk), in the median (the area in the middle of any street), on trees, public fences and/or buildings, utility/telephone poles, or any other public property. Garage Sale signs do not require the issuance of a Sign Permit, but can only be at the location of the garage sale. For other signage questions, please refer the City of Melissa Code of Ordinances - Sign Regulations

Tall Weeds DandelionsHigh Grass/Weeds:
Twelve inches (12”) is the height limit for grass and/or weeds. This includes the front, back, side yard, and right-of ways. The grass in any alley and/or easement (area behind property) must be maintained to the mid-point. Property owners who regularly cultivate crops not growing within a public right-of-way are required to mow the outer perimeters and maintain the right of way adjacent to their properties.

Trash and Debris:
Property owners, residents, and businesses are required to keep properties free and clear of accumulations of trash, garbage, or debris including solid waste consisting of dirt, concrete, rocks, bricks, or other similar construction or building water materials as well as brush, branches, or other objectionable, unsightly, or unsanitary matter. All fallen debris is to be removed from a property as soon as possible. For information on bulk pickup, please visit - Bulk Items

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Substandard Houses
A structure is considered substandard if it meets the following criteria: Illegal wiring; foundation failure; illegal or substandard plumbing; sunken roof line; exterior deterioration; external siding or framing bowing or pulling away from structure or other obvious dilapidation .

Home Based Business:
Home-based businesses are allowed in all zoning districts, but they must comply with all of the home-based business regulations outlined in the City's Code of Ordinances - Home-Based Business Regulations

Unsecured Swimming Pools:
All private pools, spas, and hot tubs, with a depth of 24” (inches) or more must be secured by a barrier which can be a fence, wall, building wall, or combination there of which completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs access to the swimming pool.

junk carJunked/Inoperable Vehicles:
A junked vehicle is defined as a vehicle that is inoperative and that does not have lawfully affixed to it either an unexpired license plate or a valid motor vehicle safety inspection certificate, that is wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, or discarded, or that remains inoperable for a continuous period of more than forty-five (45) days. A junked vehicle that is visible from a public place or public right-of-way is deemed to be a public nuisance.

Parking Prohibitions on Unsurfaced Areas:
No car, truck, or other vehicle shall be parked on an unsurfaced area of the front yard, if such property has an improved surface of gravel, asphalt or concrete already established on which to park vehicles.

Report violations to code@cityofmelissa.com.

Updated 12/30/16

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