Common Nuisances and Property Maintenance Issues
Below is a list of common nuisances and property maintenance issues,
along with a summary of the code. Please refer to Title 8, Chapter 6 of the
Mesa City Code for official code requirements.
property owner is responsible for the half of the alley immediately
behind the property. The alley must be kept clear of all
vegetation, trash and debris. If you are interested in getting
your alley gated off, please review the
Business activities are prohibited in a residential district. No
employees or customers may come to the home for business purposes
and no inventory may be stored on the premises that does not conform
to the definition of "Accessory Use" or "Home Occupation"
or "Home Occupation", in Title 11 of the City Code.
and screening walls must be sound and made from standard, consistent
fencing material. They also must be free of deterioration and
blight. Fences in residential zones cannot be higher than 42
inches in the required front yard and 6 feet in the required rear
yard. Fencing in a residential district may not have
barbed/razor wire or any other injurious materials attached to them.
Garage Sales: Four (4)
events are allowed per calendar year. Each event must not
exceed 3 consecutive days.
property owner is responsible for removing graffiti from all
sidewalks, walls, fences, signs and other structures or surfaces
visible from beyond the bounds of the property.
Exposed, exterior surfaces of the building(s) must be structurally
sound and have no holes, breaks, rotting, crumbling, cracking,
peeling and rusting. Yards and landscaping should be
well maintained and free from weeds and litter. Painted
surfaces should not have peeling, chipping, cracking or blistering
paint. Materials, colors and finishes used on buildings,
structures or exterior walls and fences must be consistent.
For example, you may not paint half of your block wall and leave the
other half unpainted. Exterior windows and doors should
not be broken, missing or poorly fitted. Window screens should
not be excessively worn or have any rips or tears. Canopies
and metal awnings should be in good condition - no rips, holes or
excessive fading. Roofs should be free from surface
breaks, raised edges, and missing, curled loose, or excessively worn
shingles. Exhaust ducts, air conditioners and
evaporative coolers should be in good repair with no rust.
Chimneys should be structurally sound with no cracks, deteriorated
mortar, and missing or broken bricks. Fences, screening
retaining walls must be built with standard fencing materials, be
free from graffiti, and should not be broken, dilapidated,
unsightly, leaning or have missing blocks or slats.
Foundations must be repaired if there is settling, cracking,
crumbling or excessive leaning. Outdoor stairs, porches
and railing should not have broken or deteriorated deck boards,
steps or handrails.
A building permit is required for any construction that changes
the footprint of the structure, changes or adds to the electrical
service or plumbing system. For details see:
Homeowners' Guide to Building Permits.
Inoperable vehicles must not be seen from beyond the property line
boundaries. An inoperable vehicle is a vehicle that is not
equipped with all parts that are required to legally and safely
operate it on public streets and/or cannot be driven under its own
power. Car covers, tarps, bamboo, shades and other similar
types of materials are not acceptable screening.
vehicle owner has 10 days to repair the vehicle or remove it from
sight. Vehicles parked in front must be currently licensed.
There is a restriction on the number of inoperable and/or
unregistered vehicles that may be stored in the rear yard.
Refer to Title 8 Chapter 6 Section A for specifics. Said
vehicles stored in rear yard must be screened by a 6 foot opaque
Junk, litter and debris:
Junk, litter and debris cannot be left in the yard. It must be
disposed of properly. This includes but is not limited to:
junk auto parts, appliances, furniture, building and/or landscaping
materials, tires, discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, beer cans,
tree trimmings, fallen tree limbs and/or any other items that have
owners are required to maintain landscaping so that it does not
Open and vacant buildings and
structures: The property owner is responsible
for maintaining buildings, structures and grounds of a property.
Windows, doors and other openings must be kept secure so they cannot
be opened from the outside. A property owner may be required
to board up a building/structure if it becomes vacant and is not
secure. Accessory buildings/structures on the property such as
storage sheds and garages also must be secured. If the
building/structure is not secured upon request, the city may secure
the property and lien the property for such service.
Outside storage including but not limited to: equipment,
building or landscaping materials, parts/auto parts, appliances,
mattresses, boxes or any scrap items, cannot be left where visible
from beyond the property boundaries. These types of items must
be stored safely within an enclosed building or screened by a fence.
Vehicles must be parked on the legal driveway or on an improved,
dustproof surface immediately adjacent to the legal driveway.
Any vehicle parked in the front yard must be currently licensed.
To provide a dustproof surface, please provide 3 inches of gravel
with a permanent border, concrete pad or asphalt.
Pool water disposal:
Pool water must be either maintained in the yard or drained into the
sewer clean out on the property. Water may NOT be drained into
a public right-of-way such as the street or alley
. Visit the
City's How to
Drain or Backwash Your Pool website for more information.
RVs, motor homes, 5th wheels, campers, etc., must be
stored in the rear yard or in the side yard behind the front face of
the house. If over 6 feet in height, the item must be screened
with a 6-foot opaque fence/gate. Such vehicles may NOT be used
as living quarters. Only one (1) such item may be stored at
The property owner is responsible for maintaining any body of water
in a clean, clear manner. Observers must be able to see the
bottom of the pool. Any ponding water that breeds
insects or oversaturates the soil in a hazardous manner is
Unsafe rental conditions:
Property owners are responsible for providing a safe and healthy
residence for their tenants. Written permission is required
from the property owner or tenant to enter and inspect.
Vegetation: Property owners are
responsible for maintaining their properties, and the adjacent right-of-way
(sidewalk, street, alley), free of dead or dried vegetation (weeds, tall
grass, shrubs, trees, palm fronds, etc.). All dead or dried vegetation must
be removed and disposed of properly. Property owners are also responsible
for assuring that weeds/grass on their property and adjacent right-of-way do
not exceed 9 inches in height. Trees that hang over the sidewalk
should be trimmed so that a minimum of 8 feet is allowed for
passage. Trees that hang over the street should be trimmed so
that a minimum of 14 feet is allowed for passage.
Watercraft/utility trailer storage: All watercraft,
utility trailers, or any nonvehicle-mounted camper shell or truck
camper must be stored in the rear yard or side yard. All watercraft
trailers, utility trailers, nonvehicle-mounted campers and truck
campers visible to the public rights-of-ways must be operable, have
inflated tires and be kept free of weeds and debris.