Property Maintenance Compliance

Code Enforcement

The Property Maintenance Compliance's ultimate goal is improving the quality of life for citizens as well as beautifying the City’s streets, business corridors, and neighborhoods.

Officers are in contact with City residents and business owners on a daily basis. The program responds to citizen requests, conducts proactive inspections and special projects, and provides education on code enforcement. Our mission is to enhance the level of public safety and city aesthetics through effective enforcement of city ordinances and to ensure due process for each citizen of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS.

Here you can find information related to our policies, procedures and ordinances, as well as news on upcoming events.

Codes enforces city ordinances related to:

  • Minimum Housing Standards
  • Zoning Violations
  • Environmental Issues
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Weeds
  • On Premise Parking
  • Animal Zoning Violations
  • Issuing citations when residents business owners fail to correct violations

Code Violations

Most Frequent Code Violations:

  • Excessive weed growth
  • House exterior needs painting or repair
  • Inoperable/unlicensed vehicles
  • Trash in yard
  • Unrestrained pets
  • Broken windows
  • Unsecured residences
  • Overgrown shrubs or trees
  • Illegal dumping
  • Vehicles parked unimproved surface

What is Not a Code Violation?

Your valuable tax dollars are at work, and we want to expend our resources appropriately and efficiently. There are some neighborhood problems that do not fall under our jurisdiction. In general, we can act on behalf of the public at large, but we cannot take action on behalf of one citizen against another. The City does not handle neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law.

Often a neighbor's tree or other plantings may drop leaves or debris in your yard, or may cause damage to a fence or other structure. These conditions are private matters between the two property owners, and the City has no jurisdiction.

Basic Property Standards

  • The structure must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner and must provide all basic services such as safe electrical, heating and plumbing services and adequate exits, floor space, ventilation and light.
  • The structure must be weather and water tight, porches and stairs must be structurally sound, and any structures must be kept painted to prevent deterioration.
  • The property must be free of trash, vermin and any other health hazard.
  • There must be no inoperable vehicles, appliances or other large salvage items or large equipment stored outside. No vehicle can be parked on an unimproved surface like your lawn.
  • Grass and weeds should not be allowed to grow higher than 8 inches.
  • All property must have the address posted with numbers that are at least 3 inches in height.
  • Garbage or trash cannot be set out for collection before 4:00 PM on the day prior to the day of collection.