Code Enforcement Unit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
On this page you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions that the Neighborhood Services Division receives regarding Code Enforcement.
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Where can recreational vehicles be stored on private property? (at a Single Family Residence) Section(s) (14-110, 14-111)
Recreational vehicles and utility trailers may be stored on private property when located in the side or rear yard and screened by a minimum (6) foot block wall, wood fence or gate. Recreational vehicles may be in public view only during active loading and unloading up to a maximum of 24 hours.
Does the purpose of the RV code apply to winter visitors? Section(s) (14-110, 14-111)
Yes. Visitors must abide by the same RV codes as a Peoria resident.
Where can winter visitors park their RV? (Section(s) (14-110, 14-111)
Visitors with RV’s are subject to the same City Codes as residents within the City of Peoria. See above.
Can an RV be used for living purposes in a single-family residential zoning district? Section (14-3-2-B-2)
No. The Peoria City Code prohibits anyone living in an RV within a single family residential zoning district.
No mobile home or recreational vehicle outside an approved mobile home or recreational vehicle development shall be used as a dwelling unit at any time in any zoning district.
If an RV is parked in the street, can an electrical cord, water hose, or sanitation disposal hose run across a city sidewalk? Section (23-40-b-4)
No. The owner, lessee or other person in control of any land abutting a sidewalk, alley or street shall maintain such sidewalk, alley or street on which such land abuts in a clean condition in such a manner as to be free from conditions that present a health, fire or safety hazard.
What type of commercial vehicles, if any, can be parked/stored in residential areas? Section (14-107)
None. It is unlawful to park a motor vehicle, utility trailer, hobby vehicle or any other
trailer used for commercial purposes with any motor or engine operating for more than twenty
(20) minutes in a twenty-four hour period commencing each day at 12:00 a.m., in any residential
zoning district of the city, or within three hundred (300) feet of any occupied residence in a
nonresidential area. Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful to park any motor vehicle used for commercial purposes upon any lot, parcel or property within the city, except on a lot with proper zoning and site plan approvals from the City for such parking. No person shall stand or park a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of ten thousand (10,000) pounds and exceeding a one (1) ton chassis rating, or a tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, or a bus on a street in a residential zone, or adjoining a residential zone, except during the process of loading or unloading such vehicle.
(d) No person shall stand or park a tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, or bus on any real property within a residential zoning district within the City.
(e) No person shall stand or park a vehicle having: (i) a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or (ii) exceeding a one (1) ton chassis rating on any real property within a residential zoning district within the City, except during the process of loading or unloading the vehicle, or unless parked or placed within a side or rear yard that shall be screened by a minimum six foot high block wall, wood fence or gate. All screen walls, fences or gates shall be erected and maintained in conformance with the provisions of the zoning ordinance.
What constitutes an inoperable or abandoned vehicle within the City of Peoria? Section (17-2-a-1-2-3-4)
“Abandoned or inoperable vehicle” means any vehicle that is:
(1) partially or wholly dismantled, discarded, wrecked, on blocks or similar devices, stripped, or scrapped; or
(2) a vehicle with a deflated tire or tires or missing any wheel or tire or
(3) any motor vehicle which is inoperable due to mechanical failure or mechanical disassembly. Any motor vehicle missing a windshield, hood, fenders, doors, bumpers, engine, transmission, interior seats or operating controls is deemed to be inoperable; or
(4) any motor vehicle not displaying on the motor vehicle license plates and/or tags indicating current registration in this state or some other jurisdiction.
If the vehicle can not be legally driven down the street for any of the above reasons, it is determined that the vehicle is abandoned/inoperable.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any abandoned or inoperable vehicle to be stored or placed on, or allowed to remain on, any property except in complete conformance with the terms of this Subsection. All abandoned or inoperable vehicles or vehicles in residential areas being restored or repaired for longer than 48 consecutive hours within a fourteen (14) consecutive day period, starting the first day the vehicle is located unscreened shall be stored safely within a lawful, permitted enclosed building or structure having a perimeter composed of rigid walls and a roof or screened by a lawful six foot fence, or shall be stored on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner in accordance with the provisions of the Peoria City Code where the storage of the vehicle is necessary to the operation of the business enterprise.
Selling of Vehicles
Where can I sell a personal vehicle in the City of Peoria? Section (14-113)
You may sell your own vehicle that is registered to you at your property. No person shall park, or permit to be parked, any motor vehicle, trailer, boat or camper (hereafter "vehicle") for the purpose of sale upon any lot or area within the City. This section shall not apply to: (1) The display of one vehicle for sale when the vehicle is owned by the resident of the property and is not being sold in connection with a vehicle sales business.
There is no time frame for the sale, as long as there is a for sale sign and phone number displayed in or on the vehicle and the vehicle is operable and legally parked. Section 14-106-a-1 of the Peoria City Code also prohibits displaying a vehicle for sale upon any right of way. The City of Peoria has no stipulations for the selling of a recreational vehicle or similar equipment in any place other than the legal parking area as described in Section 14-110.
Parking for sale in residential areas, driveways or private property: Section(s) (14-106-a-1, 14-106-b)
It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle, recreational vehicle,hobby vehicle or utility trailer, whether in usable condition or not, for any of the following purposes:
(1) Displaying such vehicle for sale upon any right of way.
(b) No person shall park, or permit to be parked, any motor vehicle, trailer, boat, camper, recreational vehicle, hobby vehicle or utility trailer (hereafter "vehicle") for the purpose of sale upon any lot or area within the City. This section shall not apply to: (1) The display of one vehicle for sale when the vehicle is owned by the resident of the property and is not being sold in connection with a vehicle sales business. (2) Property which has a zoning classification which permits the sale of vehicles and the sale of vehicles is by the property owner, his lessee or tenants.
Parking of Vehicles
Where is it legal to park vehicles on private residential property? Section (17-3-b)
It shall be unlawful to park or store any vehicle within the front, side or rear yard of a single or multi-family residence use unless such parking or storage is on an improved, dustproof-parking surface such as concrete asphalt, “chip seal,” crushed rock or aggregate that is a minimum of three inches thick. All crushed rock or aggregate shall be contained by a permanent border and must be treated with a dust palliative in such a manner as to prevent the release of fugitive dust. The property owner and/or legal occupant of the property shall be under a continuous duty to maintain the parking surface in a manner to meet the minimum requirements of this subsection and to treat crushed rock or aggregate not less than two (2) times a year with a dust palliative. Parking within the front yard of a single residence use shall be on or contiguous to a legal driveway provided such parking does not exceed a maximum of 35% of the front yard area, except on lots less than 7,000 square feet in which case the excess vehicle and visitor parking may be located on up to 50% of the front yard. Parking within the side or rear yard of a single residence use shall have continuous access to a legal driveway meeting the dustproof requirements of this subsection.
What can be done about a neighbor who has numerous animals and/or does not keep their enclosures clean? Section(s) (4-8-a-b-c-e) (4-9-b)
(a) It shall be unlawful to keep any animal in such a manner so as to disturb the peace, comfort or health of any person residing within the city. Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a class one misdemeanor. Alternatively, the city may enforce this chapter by imposing civil penalties not to exceed the maximum fine of $2,500.00 for a class one misdemeanor.
(b) It shall be unlawful to keep any animal in such condition that any offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any inhabitant of the neighborhood thereof.
(c) The keeping of all animals within the city is subject to all pertinent regulations of the city, county and the state.
(e) The premises upon which animals, livestock and poultry are kept shall always be sanitary and subject to inspection and regulation by the enforcement agent.
The maintaining and keeping of all animals, livestock and poultry within the city shall be allowed only so long as they not cause, create, contribute to or become a public nuisance due to noise, the presence of flies, mosquitoes, insects, vermin, rodent harborage, odors, dust, ponded water, accumulation of manure, garbage, refuse or other obnoxious or putrescible material, or for any other like reason. For purposes of this subsection, public nuisance is defined as maintaining any of the conditions described above to the extent that one or more adjacent property owners are restricted in the use of their property due to the existence of the Public Nuisance. Manure and droppings shall be removed from enclosures at least twice weekly and shall be removed from the premises at least once each week. In this subsection ``premises'' means the lot or parcel of ground upon which an enclosure is located. This subsection does not apply to areas zoned for agriculture.
Can material or personal items be stored outside? Section(s) (17-3-f) (17-3-g)
No person shall place any rubbish, trash, filth, debris, or abandoned construction materials upon any private or public property not owned or operated by said person unless it is a solid waste disposal or other facility authorized by law.
No person shall deposit, store, or maintain any garbage, junk or an accumulation of materials such as vehicle parts, appliances, indoor furniture, boxes, crates, packing cases, mattresses, bedding, lumber, scrap iron, tin and other metals unless stored safely within a lawful, enclosed building, structure, or screened by a lawful fence or within a trash receptacle in such a manner as to not be visible from public view, except as authorized for collection under chapter 22 of this code.
Inadequate Sanitation (Section R306 Sanitation)
My water has been turned off and the meter has been pulled for non-payment. Can I live in a dwelling unit that does not have proper water use? (IPMC 505.1 No Running Water)
No. The 2006 International Property Maintenance Code states:
“Buildings or portions thereof shall be deemed substandard when they are unsanitary.” The owner of the structure shall provide and maintain such plumbing facilities and plumbing fixtures in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or permit another person to occupy any structure or premises which does not comply with the requirements.
A Dwelling must have running water in order to live in it.
Sanitation must include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Toilet facilities. Every dwelling unit shall be provided with a water closet, lavatory, and a bathtub or shower.
- Kitchen. Each dwelling unit shall be provided with a kitchen area, and every kitchen area shall be provided with a sink.
- Sewage Disposal. All plumbing fixtures shall be connected to a sanitary sewer or to an approved private sewage disposal system.
- Water supply to fixtures. All plumbing fixtures shall be connected to an approved water supply. Kitchen sinks, lavatories, bathtubs, showers, bidets, laundry tubs and washing machine outlets shall be provided with hot and cold water.
- Hot & Cold Water. Hot or cold running water to plumbing fixtures in a dwelling unit or lodging house.
- Sewage Disposal. Connection to required sewage disposal system.
Can I build on to, or do any changes to, my dwelling unit (house) without a permit? Section (R105-1 - Permits)
No. The 2006 International Residential Code states:
"Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."
No permit is required when building a masonry wall less than six feet eight inches (6’ 8”).
Yard Sales/Garage Sales, Open House
How many yard or garage sales are allowed within the City of Peoria? Section(s) (17-3-t-1) (17-3-t-2)
Four (4) yard sales are permitted per calendar year, for a total of sixty (60) hours. Signage shall meet City requirements as to size, amount, and placement, i.e.,
It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant of any real property to conduct any sale of new or used merchandise on their property, including but not limited to yard sales, craft sales, garage sales or similar sales in violation of this section. For purposes of this section, “garage”, “yard”, “craft”, or similar sale is defined as a sale of new or used personal property located on the property prior to the sale. Such sales shall not violate any of the following:
(1) Held for a period of more than sixty (60) consecutive hours. It shall be presumed that the sale started at the time set forth on any advertisement located identifying the proposed sale. (2) Held more than four times in a calendar or consecutive year. For purposes of measurement, a consecutive year begins on the earliest date on any advertisement located identifying the proposed date and runs for a period of 365 days following that date. This four-time limitation shall apply to the location regardless of a change in owners or occupants during the one year period.
- Must not exceed three feet in height.
- Must be anchored to the ground and must not be placed in the street, median, sidewalk, and pedestrian circulation areas.
- Allowed only while the event is active.
- Must be removed when event has been completed.
- No sign permit is required.
Pool Drainage, Water Migration, Wastewater Pool Drainage
Can I drain my pool into the street or sewer? (25-100-1,2,3,4,5,6,7) (13-36-c)
No. No person may deposit in, sweep upon, or permit to drain into any public right-of-way of the City any garbage, junk, obstruction, pool water, or similar matter or any hazardous material that impedes passage or is detrimental to public health.
Water, Sewers and Sewage Disposal (Section 25-100-a) (Section 25-4-b)
It is unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged to the sanitary sewers the following:
- Any storm water, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, surface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted process waters that may constitute inflow.
- Pollutants which create a fire or explosion hazard to the system or the treatment plant with a flashpoint limit.
- Solid or viscous pollutants, petroleum oil, non-biodegradable cutting oil, or products of mineral oil origin in amounts that will cause obstructions to the flow in sewers or other interference or damage with the system or treatment plant.
- Any waters or wastes containing toxic, radioactive, poisonous or other substances in sufficient quantity to cause or have the potential to cause injury or interfere with any sewage treatment process, cause corrosive structural damage, constitute a hazard to humans or create any hazard to the sewage system or in receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant or pollutants which result in the presence of toxic gases, vapors of fumes within the Publicly Owned Treatment Works ("POTW" or "City-owned sewer facilities") in a quantity that may cause acute worker health and safety problems.
- Any water with a pH less than 5 or greater than 10.5
- Any waters with a temperature greater than 150o Fahrenheit, or 66o Centigrade, or heat in amounts which will inhibit biological activity in the "POTW" resulting in interference, but in no event heat in such quantities that the temperature at the headworks of the "POTW" treatment plant exceeds 140o Fahrenheit (40o Centigrade).
No person may pour, throw upon, sprinkle or discharge or permit to flow, in any manner, water upon any street, ditch, land, court, square, alley, vacant lot, of another person, or upon any public place within the city.
It is unlawful for waste water to be used for irrigation or permit water used for irrigation to run upon the public streets or alleys of the city or upon the property of another.
Water running off a landscaped area to another area where the water is not beneficially used, such as on to streets, sidewalks, gutters, alleys, public utility easements, public or private parking areas is prohibited.
How early in the morning can construction crews begin work?
For concrete work, crews may work the following hours:
April 2 to September 29 – 5:00 am – 7:00 pm
September 30 to April 1 – 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
For construction other than concrete, within 500’ from a residential area:
April 2 to September 29 – 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
September 30 to April 1 – 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
For construction other than concrete, more than 500’ from a residential area:
April 2 to September 29 – 5:00 am – 7:00 pm
September 30 to April 1 – 5:00 am – 7:00 pm
What is the penalty for violating the City Code or Zoning Ordinance?
A civil penalty shall not exceed $1,000. If a criminal complaint is filed and a person is convicted, they are guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine not to exceed $2,500 or incarceration not to exceed six (6) months, or both.
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