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Neighborhood Preservation Program

Neighborhood Cleanups

As part of the Neighborhood Preservation Program, code enforcement staff facilitate neighborhood cleanups, helping to build community support for the program. Staff assists the community in identifying a scope of work, budget, and fundraising opportunities for the cleanup. Over the years, these cleanups have removed several hundred junk cars, many thousands of tons of scrap metal, old furniture, and other garbage from several communities throughout the county.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I convert my garage into living space?

In many areas, garages may be converted into heated (living) space, but only after a permit has been issued. Residential building standards differ from storage building standards and school district taxes apply to living space.

Can I hold a garage sale on my property?

Yes, you may hold two garage sales per year for two consecutive weekends a time.

Can I run a business out of my home?

You can run a small business out your home if you first get a home occupation license. You cannot sell retail out of the house, but you can have a small sign with external illumination. You cannot change the residential character of the neighborhood, nor increase traffic, noise or odors to be more than would be expected for a residential use. No employees are allowed unless they are also residents of the home. A home occupation cannot take away from the required two off-street parking spaces, so you must be able to park two cars on your property, either in a garage or on the driveway.

Can I store fuel on my property?

No more than 5 gallons may be stored in a residential area except in a self-propelled vehicle. In other areas, special permits are required for underground or large above ground tanks.

Can I store vehicles on my property?

On residential properties, you may only store two vehicles outdoors, and those vehicles must not be visible from a public road. A stored vehicle is one that is not used for two consecutive nights. You may have as many vehicles as you wish stored in a garage. Vehicles under active repair (minor car work such as tune-ups) are not considered stored. Commercial vehicles may only be stored or parked on commercial properties - there is an exception for moving trucks and vans, which may park on residential property for as long as it takes to complete the move.

Can I use my recreational vehicle as living space?

You may store one RV on your residential lot, but you cannot allow it to be lived in or used as an extra room. You must not store your RV in the front setback area, except for one self-propelled RV which can be stored in the driveway. RVs are not designed for long term living as they are made of very lightweight materials, have light gauge electric and plumbing and usually are heated with propane, a gas that is heavier than air and can puddle in low areas. Many deaths and injuries in this county have been attributed to people living in RVs.   If you want to live in an RV, you may only do so in a State approved RV or mobile home park.

Do storage sheds require a construction permit?

Storage sheds that are less than 120 square-feet, do not include any utilities, and are under 12 feet in height do not require a construction permit. Storage sheds that are 120 square-feet or larger, include utilities, or are over 12 feet in height do require a construction permit. Storage sheds of any size are required to comply with required setbacks. There may be additional design review requirements based on applicable plans and/or standards.

What are the regulations regarding outdoor storage?

Most violations of county code involve improper outdoor storage, and most of these occur because the outdoor storage can be seen from the street or neighboring properties. It is strongly suggested that if you have a lot of items you wish to store, you put them in garages or sheds (sheds over 120 square feet require a construction permit). If you wish to storeitems outdoors, then screen the material with a wood or masonry fence that does not exceed 6’6” in height, with none of the stored items exceeding 5’ (except for single vehicles). You may not have any accessory storage on a lot that does not have a principal use (such as a house).

What kinds of animals are allowed in residential areas?
Animal Keeping Provisions (Partial List)
  Land Use Category
Animal Type RMF RSF RS RR
Birds, other than poultry (< 20) No permit required No permit required No permit required No permit required
Birds, other than poultry (> 20) Minor use permit required Minor use permit required Minor use permit required Minor use permit required
Fowl or poultry Not allowed 1/500 square-feet (1/3000 square-feet for turkeys), no roosters except on sites greater than 2 acres surrounded by properties of greater or equal size 1/500 square-feet (1/3000 square-feet for turkeys) 1/500 square-feet (1/3000 square-feet for turkeys)
Cattle Not allowed 1/acre 2/acre 3/acre
Goats and sheep Not allowed 4/acre, minimum site of 1 acre 4/acre 4/acre
Hogs and swine Not allowed Not allowed 4 maximum on sites 5 acres or greater (2.5 acres or greater with permit) 4 maximum on sites 5 acres or greater (2.5 acres or greater with permit)
Horses Not allowed 1/acre 3/acre 3/acre; 4/acre on sites greater than 5 acres