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Numerous changes to the Westminster Municipal Code will have an impact on how Code Enforcement now responds to various violations in your community. Following is an outline of the more basic codes enforced by Code Enforcement with information on the newly adopted changes. As always, you can contact Code Enforcement at the numbers below with any questions or to report a violation.
A significant addition to the Westminster Municipal Code was the addition of a section addressing garage sales. Per section 8-1-7, “garage sale” is defined as any type of sales activity including but not limited to; neighborhood or block sales, yard sales, estate sales, craft sales, rummage sales or clothing sales. Each “sale” cannot exceed 3 consecutive days and no more than one “sale” in any 90 day period is allowed.
General property standards
A number of the existing codes that Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing have been combined into one section. Minimum standards have been included to provide a consistent maintenance requirement. Properties will now be required to be maintained in good repair. Examples include exterior finishes free of defect, windows free from cracks and loose or broken glass, doors/windows shall be weather tight, watertight and rodent proof, and fencing shall be in good repair, in an upright position and the finish shall be free of defect. More specifics of this section can be referenced in section 8-1-8 of the Westminster Municipal Code.
Graffiti is defined as a message, symbol, inscription or drawing painted, scratched or written on any surface. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to remove or eradicate graffiti from a premise within seven (7) days of defacement. The term “graffiti” does not apply to legally permitted signage. Learn about the city's graffiti program.
Household trash, junk or debris
Numerous changes have been implemented in section 8-1-11 of the Westminster Municipal Code. These changes include a limit on the number of trash containers that can be kept at a property (not to exceed 8) and the limit on when trash containers can be put out for pick up and when they must be returned to the proper location on the premises. This section also references the keeping of trash/junk/debris in or on a trailer or in a truck bed that is fully covered (not to exceed 14 days). In section 8-1-11 you will also find references to the unlawful keeping of junk or debris (defined in detail in this section) and the prohibiting of unlawful dumping.
Parking on private property
Vehicles must display current license plates, be operable (road worthy), and be parked on a paved or solidly rocked surface. Only one vehicle displayed for sale can be parked on private property. Only one vehicle associated with a business is allowed. Other specific regulations can be found in sections 8-1-12 and 10-1-12(C) of the Westminster Municipal Code.
Parking on public property
Vehicles parked on any public street must display current license plates, be operable and must be moved/used every 15 days. Vehicles not registered to a nearby address can be considered abandoned if they are not moved/used every 48 hours. Other regulations for vehicles on public property can be found in sections 8-1-12 and 10-1-12(B) of the Westminster Municipal Code.
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow snow or ice to remain on any sidewalk open to the public and abutting or adjoining the property controlled, owned or occupied by such person after twenty-four (24) hours after the last measurable snow fall or snow drift.
It shall also be unlawful to allow any obstruction to remain on any sidewalk, curb or gutter open to the public and abutting or adjoining the property controlled, owned or occupied by such person. Examples of such obstructions include but are not limited to piles of materials, vegetation, weeds, portable basketball hoops, structures or any physical object located within the width of the sidewalk, curb or gutter. Other specific details of this code can be found in section 8-1-10 of the Westminster Municipal Code.
Recent changes to the Westminster Municipal Code now prohibit any sign, except government and school signs in the right of way (ROW). Any sign found in the ROW in violation of 11-11-1 can be removed and destroyed without notice. Provisions of this code also include any political sign.
The Westminster Municipal Code pertaining to the height of vegetation has been modified. The following three categories are the newly outlined requirements. It is unlawful for any person to permit any of the below specified violations to remain on their property. Specifics of these regulations can be referenced in section 8-1-13.
WEEDS: Shall be defined as any useless, troublesome or injurious plant, including all vegetation which has grown to maturity or to be a height in excess of twelve (12) inches, but shall not include flower gardens, shrubbery, vegetable gardens, small grain plots and pastures used for feed, fodder or forage, provided the same are adequately weeded and maintained.
NOXIOUS PLANTS: Shall be defined as any plant species designated or identified as noxious weeds pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute (2006), Title 35, Article 5.5, as amended.
TURF: Shall be defined as a grouping of grasses that grow in very close proximity to form a living surface at the ground plane. Turf is generally an area of the ground plane intended to be/or could be walked on and when regularly mowed, forms a dense growth of leaf blades and root. Turf shall not exceed six (6) inches in height.
City ordinances, appeals
The city's Property Standards Ordinance is available online. If you receive an administrative penalty citation for a violation of a section of the Property Standards Code you are required to get your property into compliance by the date noted on the citation and pay the assigned penalty. The municipal code allows for an appeal process to an administrative citation.