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COMMON CODE VIOLATIONS

 
 
CODE COMPLIANCE
City Codes protect the health, safety and quality of life for the citizens of El Paso. The City has a team of Code Compliance inspectors that investigate all types of violations to the Municipal City Code. Individuals can call and report violations by calling (915) 599-6290. Individuals or owners of the property are put on notice to comply.
 
REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING
Help keep your neighborhood looking beautiful by reporting illegal dumping. Code compliance inspectors investigate illegal dumping cases. Whenever possible, please provide us with the following information:
 
To report illegal dumping, please email us at codecompliance@elpasotexas.gov or call Code Compliance at (915) 599-6290, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
After business hours, during weekends, or holidays, you may call the non-emergency number for El Paso Police at (915) 832-4400.
 
CASE INFORMATION SEARCH
Use the Citizen Portal, Section ENFORCEMENT, to inquire on your filed case status.
 
  Click here to look up your Code Enforcement Case  
 
 
VACANT BUILDING ORDINANCE
Vacant properties neglected by their owners tend to attract crime and become fire hazards or dumping grounds for trash and debris. These properties are a detriment to El Paso neighborhoods and tie up an inordinate amount of city resources from police, fire, building inspection and code enforcement.
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DOCUMENTS
Common Code Violations Brochure
Private Communities Brochure
Prohibited Sales Brochure
Rat Control Brochure
 
 
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YARD MAINTENANCE
Grass, weeds or uncultivated plants should not be allowed to become overgrown. Remember, maintenance of vegetation in parkways and alleys is the property owner's responsibility. (El Paso Municipal Code 9.04.860)
 
 
AUTO REPAIRS
Auto repairs in a residential area, including apartment zones, are limited to minor emergency repairs, unless the work is conducted within a building. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.10.740 B)
 
 
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
Parking more than one commercial vehicle on a residential property is prohibited. Oversized commercial vehicles parked or stored in residential areas should not exceed two tons capacity, 26 feet in length, 9 feet in height, and 7-foot-8 inches in width. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.10.740 A)
 
 
CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT A PERMIT
Any owner, agent or contractor who desires to construct, alter, or repair the occupancy of a building structure must have proper documentation from the building inspection and permits department. (El Paso Municipal Code 18.02.103.1.1)
 
 
GARAGE/YARD SALES
It is unlawful for the owner or occupant in a residential district to hold yard or garage sales more than three (3) times a calendar year on the same lot. You cannot conduct a yard or garage sale for more than two (2) days at a time. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.14.030l)
 
 
DOMESTIC STORAGE
Storing materials outside that would not be generally used outdoors, such as indoor furniture or appliances, is prohibited. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.14.190)
 
 
PROHIBITED SIGNS
Placing signs on utility poles, traffic control devices, sidewalks, medians or other public property is prohibited. Freestanding signs must have the border of the sign framed in wood or metal. The sign must not contain lighting. It should be made of wood, metal, plastic, or hardboard and have an area not to exceed 5 square feet and 36 inches in height. Signs meeting the code, are allowed in a parkway between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.18.140)
 
 
MAINTENANCE OF WALLS AND FENCES
The owner or occupant of a residential property is responsible to maintain all walls and fences, including rock walls, in good repair. This includes sides of walls and fences located on any property line. (El Paso Municipal Code 18.08.150)
 
 
OFF-STREET PARKING
Vehicles shall not be parked in the front or side yard of a home unless the parking surfacing is composed of concrete, asphalt or another comparable dust-free surface. (El Paso Municipal Code 20.14.040)
 
 
PROHIBITED SALES
It is prohibited to sell merchandise - such as vehicles, novelties or any other goods - on vacant lots or a public right-of-way, which is commonly known as a street, easement or sidewalk. Vehicle sales are also not allowed on parking lots. (El Paso Municipal Code 13.20.040)
 
 
JUNKED VEHICLE
An uncovered junked vehicle or junk vehicle parts may not be stored in a residential area where it is visible from the street. (El Paso Municipal Code 9.08.010)
 
 
PLACING REFUSE IN CONTAINER OF OTHERS
It is unlawful to place any waste in a trash container of another, without permission of the owner of that container. (El Paso Municipal Code 9.04.090b)
 
 
MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS
It is the duty of the owner of property abutting any public street to maintain a sidewalk, curb or gutter in good repair. (El Paso Municipal Code 13.04.050a)
 
 
ILLEGAL DUMPING
It is unlawful to dispose of solid or hazardous waste - such as garbage, construction materials and used tires - in vacant lots and other non-permitted areas. (El Paso Municipal Code 9.04.670)
 
 
SIDEWALK OBSTRUCTIONS
Keep tree branches, foliage, hedges and shrubs trim, so there is at least eight feet clearance between their overhang and the sidewalk. (El Paso Municipal Code 12.68.030 B,C)
 
 
 
 
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