- Trash and debris: cannot be stored outdoors and must be properly disposed of. Trash carts may be set out at the front curb the evening before scheduled pick-up and must be removed by the following evening.
- Grass and weeds: Notices will be issued for growth above 8 inches. Kansas Statute provides that repeat violations in the same year do not require additional notice to the owner and allow cities to cut tall grass and weeds at the property owner's expense without further notice.
- Inoperable Vehicles: No inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, outside of a fully-enclosed garage or other building (except as provided for in other regulations). A vehicle is presumed inoperable if it is stored on jacks or is missing a part required for legal operation on the street or does not have a current license tag with a current registration sticker.
- Clear Sight Triangle: No signs, fences, shrubs or other objects over 3 feet high may be maintained in the clear sight zone of an intersection.
- Trees: Owners are responsible for trimming any tree branches lower than 8 feet over sidewalks and 12 feet over alleys and streets, for removing dead trees and limbs, and maintaining trees and shrubs free from disease when their condition presents a harm or danger to the public.
- Yard Parking: No vehicles, boats, trailers, or campers may be parked in any yard except upon a driveway or adjacent all-weather-surfaced parking area. All new or enlarged parking areas shall be paved with asphalt or concrete unless specifically exempt. All parking areas shall be kept free of potholes, weeds, dust, trash and debris.
- Sidewalks: The abutting property owner is responsible for keeping the sidewalk in good repair and claer of hazards such as snow, ice, mud, and other obstructions. All snow and ice must be removed from abutting public sidewalks within 12 hours after the last snowfall.
- Alleys and Utility Easements: The property owner has a legal duty to maintain to the center of any rear easement or right-of-way. This includes keeping weeds and grass trimmed along alleyways and behind fences at the rear of a lot.
- Obstructing or Improper Use of the Right-of-Way: Although right-of-way is public property, the adjoining property owner has a legal duty to maintain it:
- Privately-placed landscape materials not exceeding 3 feet above adjacent street pavement, are permitted. Bushes and sucker growth from street trees must be kept trimmed below 3 feet.
- Parking any vehicles, trailer or storing private equipment or materials on the right-of-way is not legal.
- Placing or constructing property improvements such as storage sheds or fences on the right-of-way is not legal and may be ordered to be removed at the owner's expense.
- Signs such as, but not limited to, real estate, garage sale, or personal opinion signs are not allowed to be located in the right-of-way.
Property Maintenance Enforcement
Property Maintenance Inspectors are in the field on a daily basis. They respond to calls of concern regarding specific properties and conduct neighborhood sweeps of areas on an "as needed" basis. Inspectors work directly with property owners and tenants with a goal of obtaining voluntary compliance to the city codes.
Click here for the application to appeal an identified property maintenance code violation to the Building Advisory Board. This application is used only when a code violation notice has been served to a property owner by Development Services staff and the correction deadline has not passed.
Need a Property Maintenance Inspector to take a look at a potential violation in your neighborhood? File a Complaint at (785) 309-5720 or by emailing [email protected].