Common Violations

Teaching Residents About Code (TRAC)

Below are some of the common violations found to exist in neighborhoods:

High Grass and/or Weeds

  • Twelve inches is the height limit for grass and/or weeds.  This includes the front, back, side yards and right-of-ways (area between the sidewalk and curb). 
  • Also, the grass in any alley and/or easement (area behind the property) must be maintained to the mid-point. 
  • Acreage must be maintained within a perimeter of a minimum of 50 feet from any property line adjacent to developed non-residential property and 100 feet from any property line adjacent to developed residential property.

Encroachments (obstructions)

  • All encroachments (any object, structure, or vegetation) that fail to allow the lawful passage of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on any street, alley, easement, or sidewalk must be eliminated and/or maintained at all times.  Overhanging tree limbs or shrubs over the street must be trimmed to the curb and 14 feet high from the ground. 
  • Shrubs, tree limbs, etc. over the sidewalk (on both sides) must be trimmed to the sidewalk and up to eight feet high from the sidewalk. 
  • Tree limbs and shrubs in the alley must be trimmed so they do not extend more than one foot from the fence and up to 14 feet high from the ground.

Improper Storage

  • Residential property should be maintained free and clear of all material subject to deterioration by the elements, such as furniture, boxes, appliances, vehicle parts, paper, etc.
  • Material which is stored in a disorderly manner or in such a manner as to offer harborage of rodents and/or other vermin.
  • Lumber and any building materials except masonry should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground.
  • Items not made for outdoor use should not be stored outdoors.


  • It is unlawful to allow a fence to lean more than 10 degrees or to have missing, loose, or broken slats or panels. 
  • No fence is allowed to have symbols, writings, and other graffiti; except for signs which pertain to the address or occupancy of the property. 
  • Barbed wire, hog wire, chicken wire, used materials, corrugated metal or fiberglass, sheet metal and electric fences are prohibited.

Pool Fences

  •  A fence, structure, or gate is required to completely surround a swimming pool to prevent small children from inadvertently wandering into the pool. 
  • The fence, structure, or gate shall not be lower than four feet in height, and not have any openings that will allow a four-inch diameter sphere to pass through; and all gates should have a self-closing and self-latching device designed to keep gates closed and locked at all times. The latching device must be located within the top 1/3 of the gate.
  • A permit is required to build any fence and can be obtained from Building Inspection at 800 Main Street or by contacting Building Inspection at 972-205-2300.

Illegal Signs

  • It is illegal to erect or affix a sign in the right-of-way (the area from the curb to the sidewalk), on the median (the area in the middle of any street), on trees, public fences and/or buildings, or utility/telephone poles.

Garage Sales

  • Prior to beginning a sale, a permit must be obtained in advance at no charge by contacting Code Compliance 972-485-6400.
  • Garage sales are allowed to run for three consecutive days and can be held three times per calendar year. 
  • A sign is allowed in the seller's immediate yard and 3 others may be placed on private property only with the owner's permission. Signs are never allowed on public property, such as medians, parkways, poles, or right of ways. The signs must be removed by 9pm the last day of the sale. Each sign must have the address of the sale, the dates of the sale and the permit number written on it.