Code Enforcement is the City's watchdog for neighborhood nuisances, such as high grass/weeds, unsightly/unsanitary conditions on property, dangerous buildings, illegal trash dumping, stagnant water, inoperative/abandoned vehicles on property, enforcement of the garage sale ordinance. Code Enforcement inspects businesses for business license and enforces the City's sign ordinances.
Minimum Property Standards
As we age, we try to take steps to maintain and improve our health. The neighborhoods within the City of Rogers also require maintenance to stay in good health as they age. Neighborhoods that are not maintained not only deteriorate but also cost residents more money. Property values fall, vandalism and crime occur more frequently, and neighborhoods become unattractive.
There is a simple solution to maintaining a good and healthy neighborhood: individual property owner responsibility. Unfortunately, some people are not responsible property owners.. That is why residents band together to ask government to create minimum standards for property conditions, yards, parking, etc. These standards are set in place to protect property owners and tenants who might otherwise suffer from substandard conditions.
Care of Premises
When conditions within a property are visible from a public right-of-way and tend to reduce the visual appeal of the property, a possible unsightly and objectionable condition exists. This condition may be any object or matter such as appliances, building materials, dead trees, limbs, brush, household items, rubbish, tires, vehicles or similar items that are openly stored or abandoned and must be removed. This is usually considered unsightly/unsanitary according to the Rogers city code of ordinances.
Some of the most common code violations include:
- Care of premises- unsightly/unsanitary conditions- A property owner or occupant cannot openly store appliances, building material, rubbish or similar items on or about their property. This not only detracts from the appearance of the property, but also is a nuisance for the surrounding property owners.
- Inoperable Vehicles- An owner of occupant of a property cannot store an inoperable vehicle on the property other than in an enclosed structure. A vehicle is considered inoperable if it does not have a current tag/registration, has flat tire(s), no engine, severe damage or other condition that prohibits the vehicle from being driven legally on a public street.
- Tall Grass/weeds- A person who owns a parcel of property within the City of Rogers shall maintain all grass and weeds on this property. Tall grass/weeds shall be maintained to the prevailing standards of the community.
- Parking vehicle on the grass- No person shall park a motor vehicle on the yard of a residence between the house and the street.
- Garage Sales- Residents of Rogers are allowed to have two garage sales from their premises each calendar year. The sale cannot last more than 3 days each. A free permit is required, which can be obtained at the Rogers City Hall. Permits shall be posted at the premises during the sale. Signs maybe placed prior to the sale, but must picked up by the end of the garage sale or a citation maybe issued. Garage Sale signs cannot be placed on trees, street signs, stop signs, light poles or other utility poles of any kind.
- The Lien Process- In the event that unsightly/unsanitary conditions are not corrected by the occupant or the owner, the city will take steps to abate the situation. A notice will be posted on the property if there is a house, a certified letter will be mailed to the property owner giving them 7 days to correct the code violation. If after 7 days the violation is not corrected, the city will hire a contractor to abate the situation. The city will send the property owner a bill for the abatement. This bill will include a $200 mobilization fee, cost of the abatement, and administrative costs associated with the notification.
If property owner does not pay this bill, the city's legal staff will present to the city council an ordinance requesting that this unpaid bill for abatement be filed with the county clerks office as a lien on the property. This lien will be considered a tax and will be added to the property tax of that property.