Inform. Inspect. Improve.
The mission of Code Enforcement is to educate the public and gain citizen compliance on health, safety, and quality of life issues. The City of Abilene residents need and deserve to live in a safe and healthy environment.
Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing city ordinances. The division is authorized to pursue criminal and civil remedies to abate nuisances (high weeds, off-street parking, unsightly conditions, falling fences, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe, sanitary and clean city.
Get to know the laws… if the owner and/or occupant fail to comply in a timely manner with a request to correct a violation, a municipal court citation may be issued and/or the violation corrected at the owner’s expense. A lien may be filed to recover the city’s cost of abatement. Please view the 2009 Code Compliance Guide (PDF) to learn more about the different types of violations.
- Grass & Weeds
- Dead Tree
- Dilapidated Fence
- Dilapidated Structure
- Junk, Trash, Debris
- Junk Vehicle
- Vehicle Parked on Unimproved Surface
- Obnoxious Odors
Grass & Weeds Over 12 Inches
Grasses weeds or brush at a height greater than twelve (12) inches, including the adjacent parkway and alleys. This includes:
- The portion of any lot, tract or parcel of land greater than five (5) acres, which is within thirty (30) feet from the curb of any street, edge of pavement, or any traveled portion of a street or roadway.
- The portion of the lot, tract or parcel of land greater than five (5) acres, which is within thirty (30) feet from any abutting lot, tract or parcel of land which is one(1) acre or less and occupied by a residence.
Please Note: Grass & weeds over 4 feet will be sent directly to a mower and the owner will be billed.
Dead, diseased, or insect harboring trees when such trees constitute a hazard to life or property.
Fences in a deteriorated condition or subject to falling down due to lack of maintenance or damage or that are repaired with materials that are not comparable to the original.
Any building or other structure which is in such a dilapidated condition that is unfit for human habitation, or kept in such an unsanitary condition that it is a menace to the health of people residing in the vicinity thereof, or presents a heightened fire hazard in the vicinity where it is located.
Junk, Trash, Debris & Abandoned Materials in Public View
Accumulation of rubbish, trash, refuse, junk. All appliances intended for indoor use, working or nonworking, used, stored, abandoned or junked anywhere in the public view. Excessive accumulation of items intended for use outdoors that are not screened from public view. Items on a porch, in a yard, under a carport, or within any area visible from the public view that are not intended for use outdoors, furniture intended for indoor use that is used, stored, abandoned or junked outside, including on a porch, in a yard, or under a carport.
Residents are urged to be sure their properties are clean.
Vehicle with Expired Plates & Inoperable (Not in the Street)
A junk vehicle is defined as follows:
- A vehicle which is self-propelled; and
- Is wrecked, dismantled, or partially dismantled, or discarded
- Is inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than 30 consecutive days on private property
- Displays an expired license plate or does not display a license plate.
If a vehicle meets the definition of a junked motor vehicle it must be screened from public view. Appropriate screening may include an enclosed building or a solid privacy fence. Fitted car covers are not considered proper screening.
Vehicle Parked on Unimproved Surface of Residential Property
The ordinance prohibits vehicle parking on an unimproved surface of a residential area. To exclude areas screened from the public view by an opaque fence.
All disagreeable or obnoxious odors and stenches, as well as the conditions, substances or other causes which give rise to the emission or generation of such odors and stenches including dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas, soot or cinders, in unreasonable quantities.