The purpose of nuisance codes isn’t simply to keep Nixa beautiful (although that is an added benefit!). Nuisance codes make it possible for our community to stay healthy and safe from disease-ridden animals and unsanitary conditions.
Here are the 5 most common nuisance violations in the City of Nixa:
1. Overgrown vegetation
- Grass, weeds, and brush should not be taller than 12 inches.
- Why? Overgrown vegetation attracts pests like snakes and mice, which can carry diseases.
2. Excessive junk and/or trash
- All junk, trash, debris, tires, construction materials, indoor furniture, appliances, and anything that risks the health and safety of others should be disposed of either in the trash or at the Recycle Center.
- WHY? Trash attracts unwanted critters, like mice, rats, raccoons, and opossums. Appliances and furniture could attract curious children, who then climb on or get stuck in the equipment.
3. Nuisance vehicles
- Dismantled, non-licensed, or junk vehicles must be removed from your property.
- WHY? Vehicles that are just laying around are a hazard to children and attract pests that use it as a shelter. Water collects, allowing mosquitos to breed and thrive.
4. Illegal vehicle parking
- Any vehicle, whether operable or inoperable, must be in a designated parking space. This includes boats, campers, trailers, and all other types of vehicles. Parking spaces must be a driveway or other approved hard surface.
- WHY? Parking on the grass can kill the vegetation. Remember, grass is for mowing; the driveway is for parking.
5. Indoor furniture left/stored outdoors
- Indoor furniture must be stored indoors.
- WHY? Indoor furniture could be a hazard for children nearby. Cushion material also attracts mice, bugs, and mold.
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Nuisance Resolution Process:
The process of handling a code violation through the city isn’t as quick as some people might think. But, if your attempt at being a friendly neighbor hasn’t worked, here are the steps and procedures of a complaint.
1. Contact the City of Nixa’s Code Compliance Department. If this is an animal complaint, please contact Animal Control at 417-582-1030.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 417-725-5850
2. Complaint is investigated by our Code Compliance Officer and then either confirmed or denied.
3. If confirmed, then the property owner or current occupant is notified of the violation and is given approximately 7 days to remediate the nuisance.
4. If the nuisance still exists after the typical 7-day period, either a hearing will be scheduled to abate the violation or, depending on the severity of the violation, a ticket will be issued.