The Code Compliance Department enforces specific codes and ordinances adopted by the City of Alpine.
“To protect property values, natural resources and ensure safe conditions by enforcing City of Alpine’s adopted codes and ordinances”
CODE ENFORCEMENT POLICY
To educate the public about the zoning codes and ordinances adopted by the City of Alpine. To obtain Voluntary Compliance through a professional and courteous manner; To provide positive customer service to all citizens; To bring properties into compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
CITY OF ALPINE CODE INSPECTORS
Will initiate enforcement proceedings through:
- Notice of violation and or a citation will be given to the property owner, giving 10 reasonable days to correct the violation. If the violation is corrected within the 10-day period no fine will be issued.
- If compliance cannot be gained voluntarily in a reasonable time a fine will incur.
- Major violations such as demolition of a home, building, mobile home, work without permits hazardous waste, such as tires, batteries, or oil spills a stop work order will be issued along with a fine. The Code Compliance Officer will explain the abatement process with the offender.
COMMON CODE VIOLATIONS
High Grass and Weeds
Residents are responsible for maintaining the grass and weeds on their property, including all adjacent parkways and alley easements. Grass and weeds are in violation when they reach a height of 12 inches.
Trash and Debris
Trash, rubbish or object able matter of any kind is not allowed to accumulate on any property.
Junk vehicles, which are defined as vehicles that are wrecked, dismantled or inoperable and do not have a current registration, may not be parked in public view.
Boats, trailers, campers, motor homes or vehicles of any kind must be parked on an approved surface. Parking on grass or another unapproved surface is prohibited. If you have questions about your existing parking of an R.V. or camper and trailers, please contact the code compliance department. Some uses will be acceptable with proper use permits.
Residents are responsible for maintain the fence around their property. Fences should be maintained so they do not lean severely and are not missing slats or sections. New fences or significant replacement of existing fences require a permit.
To enable the Police and Fire Departments to respond quickly to emergency calls, address numbers must be posted so that they are clearly visible from the street and alley. Numbers must be posted on the curb or curbside mailbox and on the front of a residence or business.
Open storage is defined as the placement of an item that is not customarily used or stored outside. Open storage is prohibited in the front yard, on the front porch, under a carport, or any other unenclosed area. All items stored outdoors must be screened from adjacent properties, streets and alleys. If you have questions about proper methods of screening outdoor storage please contact code compliance.
City of Alpine’s code compliance department is geared toward voluntary compliance. In other words, every reasonable effort is made to correct a violation before a citation is issued. The first contact is almost always a notification or a door-hanger to let the property owner know about existing violations. Code Officers will set a reasonable timeline for compliance, and give contact information in case the owner disagrees with or does not understand the notice. Revenue received from the code citations falls far short of paying for the code officer and there is no quota set for a number of citations issued or amount of citation money collected.
Code Officers treat all property owners in the same professional and consistent manner. Notifications are given to residents and businesses in all parts of the city – including city employees and elected officials when violations are identified.
Phone: (432) 837-3281
Hours of Operation:
8:00am - 5:00pm