Spring is here, and the City of Fayetteville would like to remind residents and property owners of its property maintenance rules and regulations.
“We want to be proactive in reminding property owners of their responsibilities for property maintenance,” said Lenace Hyde, property maintenance inspector. “Grass cutting, trash, debris, and inoperable vehicles are all constant issues that will be enforced within the city limits of Fayetteville. Please handle these issues before they get out of hand and reminders have to be sent.
“This is all about having a safe and attractive community for residents and visitors,” she said. “We want safe places for our children and grandchildren to play. If everyone will take pride and care for their properties, we can all accomplish these goals.”
The city’s property maintenance codes have been in place for many years, but these violations have not always been enforced. Now, though, Hyde said she is working diligently to enforce these codes and regulations.
“Friendly reminders will be sent as a first attempt to correct the violations,” Hyde explained. “After no acknowledgement to the friendly reminder, we will have to pursue more strict enforcement of these violations. It’s all a matter of taking pride, ownership, and responsibility in our property. Please be passionate about how your property looks.”
Following are some of the property maintenance regulations, codes, etc., as they pertain to grass, trash, debris, and inoperable vehicles:
- Residential or commercial and/or business properties should abide by the eight-inch rule everywhere on the property as it applies to grass and/ or weeds. Grass and/or weeds should not exceed eight inches in height anywhere on the property. This is to include all areas on the property.
- Cropped or hay fields – everything from the right-of-way to the field (cropped area) is the responsibility of the owner, and grass and/or weeds should not exceed eight inches in height.
- Lots not used for cropping are supposed to be cut or bush-hogged at least three times per year. This applies to keeping the entire lot cut and maintained below the eight-inch rule.
- Hedges grown out over city streets, allies, or sidewalks should be trimmed and maintained to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
- Overgrown lots also apply to overgrowth of shrubbery and/or vegetation and not solely to grass alone.
- The accumulation and storage of one or more inoperative vehicles and parts, therefore on private property shall constitute debris and a nuisance detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the city.
- Items such as trash, garbage, toys, tools, paper of every description, automobile parts, indoor and outdoor furniture, appliances, ashes, tin or aluminum cans, glass or plastic containers, boxes, mattresses, firewood not neatly stacked, yard maintenance items, and discarded materials of any kind to accumulate on their property including front, back, and side yards or porches for a period of more than seven days.
- Building materials including bricks, lumber, concrete blocks, sand and gravel shall not be permitted to accumulate in such areas for more than 30 days.
“The City of Fayetteville Public Works Department continually keeps our streets and curbsides clean and free of debris,” Hyde continued. “However, this doesn’t happen without the cooperation of City residents and businesses.”
The Public Works Department assists with this effort by picking up anything at the curbs except:
- Construction and demolition materials
- Carpet and padding
- Dirt and rock of any type
- Paint Cans
“Please do not mix household trash with lawn debris,” she said, adding that all types of debris should be separated into different piles, including leaves.
“It is also very important to keep your trash in front of your property. Please do not pile your trash in front of your neighbor’s property or block areas such as driveways, sidewalks, mailboxes, or areas that would cause difficulty for your neighbor or emergency personnel to gain access to their property should that need arise.
“Please help us in keeping Fayetteville the beautiful place we all call home,” Hyde added. “ If you have questions pertaining to any of the Property Maintenance regulations as set forth by the City of Fayetteville, please call our office at 931-433-2565 and ask for Lenace Hyde, property maintenance inspector, in the Planning and Codes Department.”