What is Code Enforcement?
The Town of Lochbuie has adopted Town Codes (laws) specifically designed to address blight, nuisances and zoning issues and land development -- all to help maintain a clean, safe and compatible environment for citizens in our community.
Code Enforcement strives to work in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life in the Town and helps to maintain healthy neighborhoods free of unsightly or hazardous conditions that can have a negative impact on surrounding property values. Code Enforcement helps to maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal and land use nature. The Officer also works with residents, neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other town staff to develop public outreach programs, and establish community priorities for code enforcement.
What type of codes does the Town of Lochbuie enforce?
Code Enforcement responds to citizen concerns as a first priority and also patrols neighborhoods proactively in an effort to preserve the community as a whole. Officers must be able to visualize and take a photo of the violation from the street, sidewalk or other public right-of-way. Common types of violations include:
Weeds -prohibited on private property in excess of 5" in height.
Inoperable Vehicles -vehicles must be entirely enclosed within a structure, screened from view by fence or covered with a commercial cover that is securely fastened at all times.
Rubbish and Trash -rubbish and or trash must be stored within a proper container for collection. Containers must be covered at all times and shall be kept off the street, curb, sidewalk and all other public ways, and concealed from public view, except on collection day.
Home Occupations -businesses within a home are generally permitted as long as they are licensed, conducted entirely within the home and there is no outside storage of materials related to the business. Other restrictions apply as well.
Campers -the storage of not more than 2 campers for more than 14 days in a calendar year is prohibited.
Fences -citizens must obtain a fence permit when altering, constructing, enlarging or moving any fence in the town. All fences shall be maintained in good structural condition at all times.
What is the process for gaining compliance?
Once a complaint is logged, an officer will place the complaint on a list with the others that have been received. The officer will go out and visually inspect the property from the street. If a violation is observed, the officer may leave a notice on site requesting compliance. The owner is given a timeframe to bring the property into compliance. The officer will re-inspect after the timeframe has expired and if the property is found to be in compliance the officer will close the file. If the property remains in violation and the owner has not contacted the officer there may be a formal notice issued to the owner and or tenant. Once the notice has been delivered the officer will re-inspect; if the property is found to be in compliance the case will be closed. If the property is not in compliance there may be a summons issued to court and abatement proceedings can begin.
The town's goal is not to take a punitive approach and punish violators but to gain voluntary compliance as effectively and quickly as possible. Code Enforcement will attempt to work with property owners allowing reasonable time to comply.
Code Compliance Complaint Form
Can the Town enforce my HOA Covenants?
No, the town has no legal authority to enforce HOA covenants. Homeowners' Associations are independent legal entities, similar to private companies. Most HOAs are governed by a private contract that is binding on each individual owner of property within the association's boundaries.