The Code Enforcement Team, comprised of two officers, plays an important role in providing a safe and healthy environment for our community. The City Council has adopted ordinances to protect and preserve our neighborhoods. The role of each code enforcement officer is to enforce city ordinances thereby, bringing properties in violation into compliance. Each officer is assigned to a district for the purpose of developing rapport with area residents and local businesses. This allows them to better understand the histories, challenges and concerns of their assigned neighborhood thereby being equipped to understand compliance issues specific to these neighborhoods. Typical Code Violations that are investigated by our Code Enforcement include:
Recreational vehicles may be parked on the side of your home, out of the front setback. A typical front set back is 25'. Keep in mind that a corner lot has 2 front setbacks. You can park your RV in your driveway for up to two weeks for the purpose of preparing for use.
Only items that are intended to be used outdoors may be stored outside. You cannot have couches, mattresses, etc. outside. No dismantled vehicle parts may be stored outside the home. Abandoned items must be discarded.
You may post a sign on your own property or with permission the property of a neighbor. You may place a sign on a box near the sidewalk but not obstructing the use of the sidewalk. These signs must be removed when your sale is over. It is against City ordinance to post signs on City property i.e. power poles, street signs, power boxes or in City streets. Not only does this damage the property it also becomes a safety issue.
You will need a business license if you are renting your home. If you live outside of Washington County you will also need a contact person. This contact person can be the renter or a friend or relative. You do not need to hire a property management company. An inspection of the property is required if you rent more than 2 dwellings. Contact the Business License department at 435-627-4740.
The officers normally take pictures of violations from the sidewalk or street. However, if needed they can go onto the property. They will not go in an enclosed back yard without permission from the owner but they might take a picture over the fence.
There is generally a 25' area in the front of your home that is considered the front setback. In Bloomington Hills this area is 20'. A corner lot has 2 front setbacks. One on each side of the home that borders the road. You cannot park your vehicle in the area that should be landscaped.