Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Department enforces regulatory and zoning ordinances pertaining to nuisances and property use. Such enforcement includes storage of junk and inoperable/unregistered cars on properties, tall grass and deep snow on sidewalks, and various zoning and public right-of-way violations. For further information about these ordinances, or to report a violation confidentially, please contact the Code Enforcement Office.

NOTE: Failure to comply with these ordinances will result in a civil infraction ticket being issued for each offense.

Complete List of Ordinances

Common OrdinancesAddress MarkerIcon
Address markers must be placed on your home so that it is visible from the street. This is extremely important for emergency vehicles and is required by city ordinance.

Animal Control and Animals at LargeAnimal
Animal control is for the safety of all city residents and visitors. Please view the city ordinance here.
Owners may not allow their animals to run loose unless they are in a designated and posted unleashed use area according to city ordinance.

Front Yard ParkingVehicle
This ordinance addresses vehicles that are being improperly parked in the city.

Garage SalesGarage
The intent of this ordinance is to regulate, control and limit the holding of garage sales as they may become a nuisance and a safety hazard if not so regulated.

Garbage ContainersGarbage Bin
American Waste garbage containers may be placed at the curb no earlier than 24 hours before the scheduled pickup and must be removed from the curb no later than 24 hours following pickup according to city ordinance.

Inoperable VehicleVehicles
Any vehicle that does not have valid registration plates or is incapable of being turned on and mobile according to city ordinance.

Keeping of AnimalsThe keeping of household pets, including dogs, cats, fish, birds, hamsters and other animals generally regarded as household pets is permitted as an accessory use in any residential district. According to city ordinance, however, any land, building, or structure where five or more cats and/or dogs six months of age or older are boarded, housed, or bred for commercial purposes shall be considered a kennel.

Lawn MaintenanceLawn Mower
City residents are responsible for the timely upkeep and maintenance of their lawns. Any growth of grass or weeds over 8 inches in height is in violation of the city ordinance and will result in mowing fees and/or ticketing.

Open Fires and BurningCity ordinance states:

  • No person or persons shall burn any wood or other combustible material whatever on any public paved street or alley or in any public place, provided that such burning shall not be prohibited in licensed or approved incinerators or burners, or in similar containers provided and placed by the city for public use in parks and other public places.
  • No persons shall burn a bonfire unless first authorized by permit issued by the department of public safety and provided that such person or persons are of mature age and/or judgment and remain in constant attendance while such fire is burning. Such bonfire must be of such limited size so as to allow the person or persons in charge to have complete control over such fire and remain in constant attendance until such fire is extinguished. The burning of yard waste, rubbish, trash or other debris in a bonfire is expressly prohibited.
  • No person or persons shall kindle or start any outside material in any place, public or private, or in such quantities so as to endanger surrounding property, and no person shall kindle or start such fire when the wind is of a velocity to carry burning embers beyond the control of such person or persons.

Open Storage of JunkCity ordinance does not allow the outdoor storage of junk and waste within the city.

Side walk Maintenance (Snow & Ice Removal)SnowSaltThe intent of this ordinance is to control the maintenance, installation, construction and/or improvements to sidewalks in the City of Greenville. Occupants of property within the City of Greenville are required to remove ALL snow and ice from the sidewalks that border their property, within sixteen (16) hours after a snowfall. When any ice shall form on the sidewalk, the occupants of the lot or parcel of land adjoining such sidewalk shall, if practicable, immediately remove the ice, and, when immediate removal is impracticable, shall immediately salt, sand or sift ashes upon the ice in such manner and in such quantity as to prevent the sidewalk from being slippery and dangerous to pedestrians, and shall remove the ice as soon as shall be practicable.

This ordinance is intended to regulate and limit the construction or reconstruction of signs in order to protect the public health, safety, aesthetics and general welfare.

Storage and Repair of VehiclesThis ordinance addresses the carrying out of repair, restoration and maintenance procedures or projects on vehicles in any residential district, when such work is not conducted entirely within the interior of a building.

This ordinance address the storage of recreation vehicles within a residential area.

ACCEPTING ONLINE AND CREDIT CARD PAYMENTThe City of Greenville is accepting payment by credit card and/or debit card for payment of  Violations.

Convenience Fee Notice: A 3% service fee (minimum $2.00) will be added to your transaction.

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George Bosanic 616-754-5645

Zoning Administrator
George Bosanic