Common City Code Violations

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City codes and zoning ordinances are local laws adopted by the Peoria City Council to maintain the quality of life in neighborhoods by protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare, while ensuring every citizen the right to a clean, enjoyable neighborhood. The following are some of the more commonly reported violations.

Weeds / Grass / Dead Vegetation: 17-3(k-l)

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties and the adjacent right-of-way free of weeds and grass in excess of 6 inches and dry/dead vegetation (weeds, tall grass, shrubs, trees, etc.).

City Code Violation - Weeds, Grass and Vegetation

City Code Violation - Weeds, Grass and Vegetation


Inoperable Vehicles: 17-3(a)

All abandoned/inoperable vehicles shall be stored safely within a lawful, permitted enclosed building or structure or screened by a lawful six foot fence. Inoperable vehicle means any vehicle that by reason of dismantling, disrepair, expired tags, deflated tires, missing tires, or other causes, is incapable of being legally driven on the street.

City Code Violation - Inoperable Vehicles

City Code Violation - Inoperable Vehicles


Litter & Debris: 17-3(h)

Litter and debris must be disposed of properly and may not be stored in public view. This includes, but is not limited to automobile parts, second hand items, household fixtures, abandoned equipment, appliances, indoor furniture, boxes, crates, packing cases, mattresses, bedding, lumber, scrap iron, tin and other metals.

City Code Violation - Litter & Debris

City Code Violation - Litter & Debris


Front Yard Parking: 17-3(b-c)

Parking vehicles anywhere other than designated areas may be a violation.  Areas must be dust-proof (asphalt, concrete, rock, or gravel) and contiguous to a legal parking area. As a reference, Merriam-Webster defines ‘contiguous’ as being in actual contact, touching along a boundary or at a point.

City Code Violation - Parking in Yard

City Code Violation - Parking in Yard


Recreational Vehicles (RVs) / Utility Trailers: 14-110, 14-111, and 14-106(d)

Recreational vehicles such as boats, campers, utility trailers, and motor homes, must be parked/stored within an enclosed garage or in the side or rear yards behind a solid six-foot fence. The city allows a 24-hour period for loading and unloading or general maintenance before it must be removed from public view. It is also unlawful to park a recreational vehicle or a trailer on any public street, except for the purposes of loading and unloading.

City Code Violation - Trailer Parking

City Code Violation - RV & Camper Parking


Commercial Vehicles: 14-107

No person shall stand or park a tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, or bus on any real property or on public or private right-of-way within or adjacent to a residential zoning district within the City of Peoria, except during the process of loading or unloading such vehicle.

City Code Violation - Commercial Vehicle Parking

City Code Violation - Commercial Vehicle Parking

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Fence / Wall in Disrepair: 17-3(f) and 21-805(a)(3)

Fences/walls must be maintained in good repair. Any fence/wall that has become deteriorated or dangerous shall be restored to its original condition.

City Code Violation - Fence or Wall in Disrepair

City Code Violation - Fence or Wall in Disrepair


Sidewalks and Driveways: 17-3(i-j)

All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces, alleyways and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair and maintained from obstructions or hazardous conditions.

City Code Violation - Sidewalk Blocked

City Code Violation - Trash in Alleyway


Swimming Pools: 17-3(p), 25-53(b), and IPMC 303.2

Swimming pools must be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and kept in good repair. All water from backwashing must be maintained on your property and not allowed to drain into the street. Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas containing water more than 18 inches in depth shall be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 60 inches in height. No existing pool enclosure shall be removed, replaced, or changed in a manner that reduces it effectiveness as a safety barrier.

City Code Violation - Swimming Pools

City Code Violation - Swimming Pool Backwash/Drain

How to Drain and Backwash Your Pool Safely and Legally (PDF)


Premises Identification: IPMC 304.3

Buildings shall have approved address numbers (minimum of 4” high and ½” wide) placed in position plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background.


Building Permits: IBC/IRC 105.1, 21-422, Design Review Manual

All additions to existing buildings, sheds or detached structures in excess of 200 square feet or taller than 8 feet in height are required to have building permits, and/or adhere with Design Review regulations prior to construction.

For more information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (623) 773-7200 and/or the Development and Engineering Department at (623) 773-7212

Download Single Family Setbacks brochure (PDF)


Garage, Yard, Craft, or Similar Sale: 17-3(v)

These types of sales cannot operate between the hours of 10pm-7am, cannot be held for a period longer than 60 consecutive hours, and cannot be held more than four times in a calendar or consecutive year. 


Holiday / Occasion Decorations: 21-833(c)

Temporary, non-commercial decorations or displays associated with the celebration of a particular civic, patriotic, or religious holiday or season shall not be displayed for longer than 60 days total during the relevant season, and must be maintained in good condition.