Seasonal Reminders from Code Officers
Keeping properties in compliance improves quality of life, increases property values and deters crime. The Haltom City Code Enforcement Division asks residential and commercial property owners to be mindful of these common code violations:
- High grass/weeds are not to exceed 10 inches (vertical or horizontal) ANYWHERE on the property and must be maintained to the back of the curb. Where there is no curb, grass must be maintained to the edge of the street. This includes areas behind fences, over sidewalks, around utility poles, fire hydrants, flower beds, fence lines and against accessory structures. Properties more than 2 acres in size will be required to maintain the first 50 feet of each property line until the center portion reaches the state fire code limit of 36 inches, at which time it must be mowed. Overhanging tree limbs and vegetation impeding pedestrian or vehicle traffic visibility should be trimmed to 13 feet, 6 inches above streets and 8 feet above sidewalks. Limbs should be bundled & tied in 3 feet lengths for waste disposal. Ten day warning notices will be issued prior to city enforcement but habitual offenses will receive Notices of Violation, filed with the Haltom City Municipal Court.
- Parking on unapproved surface such as front lawn, over sidewalks or curbs is prohibited.
- Parking of recreational vehicles in the public street is prohibited beyond 24 hours for loading or unloading. Storage on the property should be in compliance with approved surface regulations and should not encroach a public right of way. Such vehicles may not be used for living quarters in any zoning district and thus should not be continuously connected to utilities. Such vehicles include boats, trailers & boat trailers, tent trailers, horse trailers, utility trailers, campers, personal watercraft, and motorized coaches or pick-up campers.
- Permits are required for most minor repairs and remodel work including replacement of windows, siding, trim or roofing. It is always advisable to contact the permit office at 817-222-7730 to ask if permits are required before starting any home project. Permits are also required for landscape irrigation systems.
For more information contact the Haltom City Code Enforcement Division.