To keep the peace, avoid disagreements between neighbors and ensure community safety, every municipality has laws and rules in place for its inhabitants.
The City of Westerville highlights some Westerville Codified Ordinances that it has in place for common issues that come up within the community about properties. These ordinances are something of which every resident should be aware.
Keeping your home tidy
The city wants to ensure your property looks neat and does not become an eyesore that leads to complaints. For this reason, it has enacted ordinances concerning lawn care, trash and property maintenance.
The law states that the grass and weeds in your lawn must be kept below eight inches from April to October. You also cannot accumulate trash or other debris on your property. The maintenance code outlines the details of how you must keep your property under good repair inside and outside.
Extra property concerns
There are special situations that may arise on your own property that falls under an ordinance set by the city. For example, if you want to build a fence, you will have to secure a permit from the city first. If you fail to do this, you may have to take down the fence because it must meet city specifications.
Other seasonal concerns include garage sales and recreational vehicles. When it comes to garage sales, the city has set a limit. You can only hold one three-day sale every six months. To advertise your sale, you cannot hang signs on public property such as telephone or light poles.
You can park a recreational vehicle at your home all year if you like, but the ordinance states it must be behind the front line of your property. You also must park on a paved surface, so you cannot park it on the lawn, for example.
The city has a duty to ensure you know the ordinances and can find them if need be. However, you have the responsibility to make sure you pay attention to them and always check to see if there is an ordinance that applies to your situation.