Code Compliance

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.

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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

2. Excessive junk and/or trash

3. Nuisance vehicles

4. Illegal vehicle parking

5. Indoor furniture left/stored outdoors

Considering filing a nuisance violation?

The process to file, accept and complete a reported nuisance violation is a long process. Many people believe the problem will go away the same day of the complaint, but that’s not true. We are happy to help in any way that we can but consider reaching out to your neighbor first. Being courteous and developing a relationship builds a healthy community environment and eliminates the problem quicker.

If you decide to file a complaint, there are several steps in the nuisance violation process:

1. The complaint is received.

2. The complaint is investigated by our Code Compliance Officer.

3. If we determine that a nuisance violation exists, an informal letter is sent to the owner/occupant of the property in violation. The letter will give a compliance date deadline.

4. If the nuisance violation is found to be fixed by the compliance date, no further action is necessary.

5. If the nuisance violation still exists after the compliance date, the Code Compliance Department will then take further action to remove the nuisance. This could include fines, tickets, or abatement by the city, each of which have its own process for completion.

Nuisance Examples

Here are the 5 most common nuisance violations in the City of Nixa

1. Overgrown vegetation

  • View the code here.
  • 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

  • View the code here.
  • 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

  • View the code here.
  • 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

  • View the code here.
  • 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

  • – View the code here.
  • – Indoor furniture must be stored indoors.
  • – WHY? Indoor furniture could be a hazard for children nearby. Cushion material also attracts mice, bugs, and mold.

The first thing you can do if your neighbor is violating a nuisance code is see how you can help. Building a relationship with your a neighbor who may be struggling to keep up maintenance issues can be a quicker way to resolving health and safety issues than reporting them to the city. Is your neighbor’s lawnmower broke? Let them borrow yours. Is your neighbor elderly? Offer to load the discarded furniture for them. You never know how far a helping hand might go.

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.

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.

Report Nuisance Issue

Nuisance Complaint

Property maintenance and nuisance codes: The Code Compliance Department takes general questions and complaints regarding property maintenance and nuisance issues. You may also contact the Code Compliance Department to report street light outages, pot holes, damaged street signs, and other issues of that nature.
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