Common Violations

Accumulation of Refuse


No person who is the owner of private property or who is in possession of private property shall permit any refuse to be placed, stored or accumulated on such property including the abutting swale area, unless the same is authorized by ordinance or has been previously specially authorized by the chief code enforcement officer for collection purposes only.

Address Numerals


Address numerals at least 3 inches high are be required to be installed on all residential buildings with 4 dwelling units or less, all other residential and nonresidential buildings shall have address numerals at least 10 inches high. In addition nonresidential buildings shall have address numerals at least 3 inches high by rear doors.

Animals/Dogs


In all residential zoning districts, it shall be unlawful to house more than 3 dogs, excluding offspring less than 4 months of age, per dwelling unit.

Barking Dogs


It shall be unlawful for any person, or the owner or anyone having charge, control or custody thereof, to keep any dog within the city limits which howls, yells or barks excessively so as to disturb the sleep, peace and quietude of any inhabitant of the city, over a prolonged period of time.

Bulk Trash Violations


Bulk trash shall not be placed on the swale for pickup earlier than 48 hours before the start of scheduled bulk trash collection - see the Bulk Pickup Map and Schedule (PDF) for collection days in your neighborhood.

Commercial Vehicles


In all residential districts, not more than 1 commercial vehicle of 3/4 ton capacity or less may be parked in an in-garaged parking space, non over 3/4 ton capacity. Any commercial vehicles of more than 3/4 ton capacity or more must be enclosed in a garage.

Inoperable/Unlicensed Vehicles


It is unlawful to park, store or leave any property, wrecked, inoperative or partially dismantled motor vehicles, trailers, boats etc., whether attended or not, on public rights-of-way or other public or private land, unless the same is authorized in conjunction with a business properly operated pursuant to the zoning ordinances of the city. Automotive vehicles, mobile homes or trailers of any type without current license plates shall not be parked or stored on property zoned for residential use.

Recreational Vehicles


Not more than 1 recreational vehicle (Camping trailer, truck camper, and motor home) shall be parked on an owner's property at any 1 time. Recreational vehicles shall not exceed 30 feet in length and shall not be occupied, except for the purpose of repair or maintenance, at any time during said parking or storage, except by permit issued through the Engineering and Community Development Department. Recreational vehicles shall be parked completely within the property lines and shall not obstruct the view of traffic and shall not cross over property lines.

In areas annexed in 2005, in all residential zoning districts currently licenses recreational vehicles (not limited as to length) and boats may be parked or stored on plots containing a dwelling, subject to the following:
  • No more than 1 boat and 1 recreational vehicle may be parked or stored outside of a carport of fully enclosed garage
  • Shall be limited to vehicles or boats owned by the occupants of the property or their guests
  • Maintenance shall be limited to cleaning or replacement of tires, batteries, spark plugs or other minor repairs which do not involve the exchange of engine parts or paint or body work
  • Shall not be hooked up to sewer or electrical service connections except for electrical connection a maximum of 48 hours prior to and in preparation for departure from the property
  • Shall not be parked so as to encroach onto a street or which visually obstructs vehicle egress from contiguous properties

Solid Waste Containers


All solid waste carts and recycling containers to be emptied by the Public Works Department shall be placed at the locations designated by the city before 7 a.m. and removed by 11 p.m. on the collection days designated by the department.

Swales


The area immediately adjacent to the paved road surface extending to the right of way line or to the edge of the sidewalk is defined as the swale area. Swale areas shall not be obstructed in any manner except as permitted by the City Code. The planting of trees is permitted in certain swale areas following the review and approval of an Engineering Permit. Swales shall be maintained by abutting property owners. It is unlawful to place loose gravel, rock, or other unbound materials.

Tree Abuse


"Hatracking" or trimming more than 50% of the foliage from a tree or creating numerous branch stubs of more than 3 inches in diameter is prohibited and shall be considered a violation.

Tree Removal


No person shall cut down, remove, relocate, or destructively damage any tree as defined in section 27-404 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit from the Engineering and Community Development Department. Permits shall not be required for the removal of the following exotic species:
  • Schinus Terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper Tree/Florida Holly)
  • Metopium Toxiferum (Poison Wood)
  • Casuarina Equisetifolia (Australian Pine)
  • Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Melaleuca)
  • Araucaria Heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)
  • Schefflera Actinophylla (Schefflera)

Work Without Permits


It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove, or demolish any building, structure, or any part thereof, or any equipment device or facility therein or thereon; or to change the occupancy of a building from one use group to another; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code, without first having filed application and obtaining a permit.