Code Enforcement

 

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                            ***REMOVAL OF SNOW AND/OR ICE ***

As the weather starts to turn colder, Mountain Home will see many snowy, cold days.  This means it is time to prepare for the maintenance of sidewalks bordering both commercial and residential properties.  Please be a courteous neighbor and do your part to prevent an accident from occurring and allow pedestrians the use of a sidewalk, free of snow and/or ice.

Residential home owners, business owners and tenants are reminded that it is the duty of the owner or resident of any premises abutting or adjoining any public sidewalk to remove all snow and/or ice from such sidewalks; as states in City Ordinance 8-2-1.

Property owners are reminded that snow and/or ice should not be shoveled from sidewalk or driveways into any portion of the roadway (including gutters), or into anyone else’s private or public property.

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Code Enforcement Services is a part of the overall Public Works Department. The goal of the City’s Code Enforcement operation is to provide courteous and effective enforcement services to safeguard the property values of our residents and business owners.

The City of Mountain Home has adopted local laws which are designed to promote the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.  The code establish guidelines for safe and attractive residential neighborhoods and commercial districts.

The city enforces these codes, through our code enforcement office, on a complaint basis, such as a concerned citizen who calls in, by neighborhood inspections, or staff may become aware of an issue while traveling through the area.

Violation Process:

  •  Code violations are reported to our Code Enforcement officer
  • A file is started and pictures of the property are taken; violations are organized by addresses.
  • A letter is sent to the property owner and/or occupant explaining the violation, listing the city’s applicable code sections and stating the required compliance deadline of 10 days or 30 days depending on violation, from the date of the letter.
  • The site is re-inspected.  If the violation is corrected, the file is closed.  If the violation still exists, then a final violation is sent to the owner and/or occupant via certified mail allowing another 10 days or 30 days  to rectify the violation or the matter is turned over to the prosecuting attorney.
  • In addition, the city may abate a property nuisance by either burning the weeds, by mowing the weeds, or where necessary by both mowing and burning the weeds.  The abatement of the nuisance shall be at the expense of the property owner.

Some examples of code violations include:

  • Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles  –  City Code Section 9-10-4C (2) –  states that automotive vehicles or trailers of any kind without current license plates, or inoperable, shall not be parked or stored on any residentially zoned private property other than in a completely enclosed building or carport.
  • Residential Off-Street Parking – City Code Section 9-10-4C (1) – states that under no circumstances shall required parking facilities, which are accessory to residential structures, be used for the storage of a commercial vehicle other than that owned by the occupant of the residential lot, and in no case shall large commercial trucks, buses, semis, etc., be parked or stored on the property.
  • Removal of Weeds – City Code Section 7-5-1 – states any weeds found growing in any lot or parcel or adjoining public right of way are hereby declared to be a nuisance, and it shall be unlawful to permit such weeds to grow or remain on any such place.   City Code Section 7-5-2 – states all occupants or owners of real property located within the city are hereby required to destroy and remove all weeds upon their premises to the center of the adjoining street or alley.
  • Offensive Smells – City Code Section 9-7-15B (7) – states that property shall be maintained in such a manner so as to not reasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of adjoining properties with regard to offensive odors.
  • Public Nuisances – City Code Section 7-8-1-1 – states that it shall be unlawful to maintain a public nuisance within the city limits of the City of Mountain Home, Idaho.   To enforce this chapter, the City of Mountain Home may elect to proceed criminally, or to use the abatement procedures set forth herein, or any other procedure authorized by law, including both criminal and abatement procedures.
  • Refuse Prohibited – City Code Section 7-4-1 – states it shall be unlawful for any person to permit or suffer to be in or accumulate in, or upon any yard, lot, block, place or premises or in any building or shed owned or occupied by him or for which he may be agent within the limits of the Municipality, any stagnant water or impure water, refuse, vegetable decay or decaying substance, garbage or filth of any king, nor suffer such yard lot, place, building or premises to be or to remain in such condition as to cause or create a nuisance or offensive smell or to pollute or render unhealthful the atmosphere or the premises or thereby to be, become, cause or create a public nuisance.
  • Keeping of Junk Restricted – City Code Section 5-1-10 – states it shall be unlawful for any person to store or keep any old articles or materials which may be classified as junk, adjacent to or in close proximity to any schoolhouse, church, public park, public grounds, business buildings or residences without first having provided property and tight buildings for the storage of same.
  • Sidewalks – City Code Section 8-1B-1c – states that the owner of property abutting on a public street which has curbs, gutters or sidewalks shall be responsible for the repair, maintenance or replacement of that section of sidewalk (curb and gutter) which adjoins said property.  The owner of such property shall also be responsible for removing snow, ice or debris from that section of the sidewalk and for the removal of any obstructions from shrubs, weeds, tree limbs or other materials which interfere with pedestrian movement upon any part of said sidewalk.

For more information, please view the city codes or contact the Code Enforcement Officer.

Our Code Enforcement Officer responds to and investigates complaints and code enforcement issues received from the public.  Complaints can be made in person, via e-mail, by telephone, or through written documentation.

Code Enforcement has Idaho Uniform Citation Authority. Please keep in mind that even though you may not own the property, you are still responsible for complying with the ordinances and codes of the City of Mountain Home.

Having weeds on your property is a violation of City Code and we are seeking voluntary compliance from all of our residents to help cut, mow and remove all weeds from your property.
Weeds can be an extremely dangerous fire hazard and are a public nuisance. With the high winds here in Mountain Home, fire is a real possibility. The City currently does and will continue to issue citations for non-compliance. Property owners are responsible for the upkeep of their premises including property to the center of the adjoining street or alley.