Code Compliance Program
Our MissionThe Code Compliance Program has a commitment to preserve and protect the overall safety and welfare of the residents of Fayetteville.
About the ProgramThe Code Compliance Program enhances neighborhoods and works to ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of City residents through efficient and effective code compliance. All actions are conducted in a responsive and fair manner, focusing on customer service and public awareness, while respecting the property rights of our citizens.
Know the CodesKeeping Fayetteville clean and green is the responsibility of all City residents. By learning to understand the importance of City codes, each of us will contribute to building a community that we can all enjoy and feel proud to share. Listed below are City codes the Code Compliance Program enforces.
Unsightly or Unsanitary Conditions on Real Property
If grass or weeds are 8 inches or taller on an occupied lot or 18 inches or taller on a vacant lot, Code Compliance may issue a notice to the property owner requesting that the property be mowed. If the notice is ignored, the City will correct the violation at the owner's expense
The owner, occupant or agent of every house or parcel of land in the city shall keep the sidewalk and gutter in front or alongside the same free from all obstructions of grass, leaves, weeds or other growths, substances or things.
The owner, occupant or agent of every house or parcel of land in the city may not place, maintain, or permit a tree or plant to obstruct a sidewalk. Vegetation growing over a sidewalk shall be trimmed by the property owner, occupant or agent at a minimum clearance of 8 feet above the sidewalk for the full width of the sidewalk. Where adequate right of way exists, clearance shall be 2 feet back from the edge of sidewalk or edge of pavement if no sidewalk exists. In no event, shall this require clearance outside of the existing public right-of-way. Newly planted street trees are exempt from the 8-foot clearance requirement until they are large enough to be trimmed to compliance.
Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles
Inoperable vehicles should be stored properly according to City Code.
Feeding Deer Inside City Limits is Prohibited
Fayetteville is located inside the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone, therefore feeding deer is prohibited per the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. (Please note hunting is not allowed in the city limits of Fayetteville.)
What Happens When A Violation Occurs?
- Inspection. When a complaint is filed with Code Compliance, a code officer will perform an inspection at the property in question. Photographs are taken for reference.
- Door Hanger. If a violation is confirmed during the inspection, the code officer will leave a door hanger with information regarding the violation. Contact information will be included so the code officer can be reached for questions.
- Notice of Violation. A Notice of Violation will be sent by certified mail to the property owner on record with Washington County. The notice will include details regarding the violation, possible penalties, and corrective action to be taken.
- Correction of Violation. If the violation is not corrected within the given timeframe, City contractors will be hired to correct it.
- After Correction of Violation. If City contractors are used to correct the violation, the property owner of record will be billed for the work performed. Instructions on how to pay will be included with the invoice. All Code Compliance invoices can be paid online in the Citizen Self-Service Portal. If you have any questions, please contact Code Compliance via email or by phone at 479-575-8237.