The following are common code violations cited by the City of Dallas.
You can report code violations to Dallas 311.
Junk Motor Vehicles (Sec. 18-20) A junk motor vehicle (a vehicle that is inoperable) on any private or public property is a public nuisance. The fine: maximum $200.
Oversized Vehicles (Sec. 28-81) No person may park a truck-tractor, road tractor, semi- trailer, bus, trailer or truck over one and one-half tons upon property or any public right-of-way abutting a RESIDENTIAL AREA. The fine: $20 civil penalty.
24 Hour Parking (Sec. 28-84) No person may park an unattended vehicle in a public street, alley or other public place continuously for a period longer than 24 hours. The fine: $15 civil penalty.
NOTE: Owner is responsible for their property from the front curb to the middle of the alley.
Weeds/Grass/Vegetation (Sec. 18-13) Weeds or grass cannot be higher than 12 inches. THE FINE: $50 - $2,000; (Sec. 18-14). You have a duty to prevent vegetation from growing so as to become a nuisance or fire hazard. The fine: $50 - $2,000.
Paint (Sec.27-1 1(b)(l)) The owner shall protect the exterior surfaces of a structure by applying paint or other coating. The fine: $200 - $2,000.
Windows (Sec. 27-11(b)(5)) The owner shall maintain a structure intended for human occupancy in a weather-tight and watertight condition. The fine: $500 - $2.000.
Open/Vacant (Sec.27.11(a)(6)) The owner shall keep the doors and windows of a vacant structure securely closed. The fine: $500 - $2,000.
Graffiti (Sec.31-38) The property owner is responsible for removing graffiti. It must be removed from sidewalks, walls, fences, signs and other structures visible from the property line. The fine: $200- $500.
Open Container (Sec. 6-6.l(b)) A person commits an offense if he possesses an open container of an alcoholic beverage or consumes an alcoholic beverage on a public street, public alley or public sidewalk within 1,000 feet of the property line of public or private school (pre- kindergarten—12th grade). The fine: up to $500.
Consuming Alcohol (Sec. 6-6.1(a)) A person commits an offense if he consumes an alcoholic beverage on any property owned or leased by the city; or a public street or any public place within 18 feet of a public street. The fine: up to $500.
Alcohol in Public Parks (Sec. 32-1 1.3(a)) A person commits an offense ifhe consumes or possesses an alcoholic beverage while in a public park on a public street, sidewalk, or parking area adjacent to a public park. The fine: up to $500.
Discharging a Firearm in a Private Place (Sec.31-4(a)) A person commits an offense if he discharges a firearm or other weapon that discharges a shell or cartridge, in a place not customarily open to the public. The fine: up to $500.
Urinating or Defecating in Public (Sec. 32-l8(a)) A person commits an offense if he urinates or defecates in or on public property (street, alley, sidewalk, yard, park, building, structure, plaza, public or utility right-of-way) or in public view. The fine: up to $500.
Loud and Disturbing Noises (Sec. 30-1) A person commits an offense if he makes or causes to be made any loud and disturbing noise in the city (at any hour) that is offensive to the ordinary sensibilities of an inhabitant of the city (Ex: loud music, car horn). The fine: up to $2,000.
Storm Drain Discharges (Sec. 19-1l8.2(a)) A person commits an offense if he discharges or causes to be discharged any water that does not consist entirely of storm water into the storm water drainage system, waters of the U.S. or state water (exceptions include lawn watering, individual residential car washing). The fine: up to $2,000.
Working from Home (Sec.51A-4.217(b)(8)) The work must be incidental to the residential use and conducted by a resident on the premises. A person working from their residence shall not: use an ad, sign or display on the premises; (2) use a street address on an ad, sign or display off premises; (3) employ more than 2 persons who work on the premises more than 4 hours in any given week; conduct outdoor activities between 10pm and 7 am; involve more than 10 patrons on the premises at one time; sell, offer or advertise products on the premises. The fine: $200 - $2,000. (See also Sec. 51A-l.l03(a)(1)-(3 )).
Garage Sales (Sec. 51A-4.217(b)(9)) A person shall not have more than 2 garage sales during any 12 month period on the same property. The garage sale MUST be inside a building or garage or on the patio ONLY and ONLY on a single family or duplex property. The fine: $200 -$2,000.
Signs (Sec. 7A-16) -- No person shall post any notices or to any lamppost, pole, or tree located on a public right-of-way, structure or building. The fine: $50 - $2,000.