Keeping Commerce City beautiful is a team effort, and we want to work with residents, businesses and property owners to make sure the city is home to neighborhoods everyone can be proud of. The city’s municipal code includes standards for private property maintenance and public nuisances to help everyone maintain a high quality of life.

Commerce City Neighborhood Services wants to help homeowners and other property owners learn more about what the code requires and avoid code violations. 

Learn more about reporting violations, fines, and the hearing process

View the complete municipal code

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Common Code Violations to Avoid

The full descriptions of these and other code violations, also known as "public nuisances," are found in Chapter 6, Article II of the municipal code defining "Specified Nuisances."

  • Outdoor storage
    Prohibited items not appropriate to store outside include: construction material, tires, machinery, indoor furniture, fixtures, appliances, etc.
  • Scattered garbage and trash
  • Excessive weed growth
    Weeds and grass should be cut to eight inches or less on residential properties in the city
    View the city's Noxious Weed Management Plan
  • Storing inoperable vehicles in the open
    Includes vehicles with expired license plates
  • Parking on unapproved surfaces
    Vehicles cannot be parked in yards or on most rock/gravel surfaces (unless part of a defined driveway) 
  • Hazardous sidewalk/snow and ice
    Sidewalks should be free of hazards and obstructions, including tree limbs, trash containers, and sports equipment. Snow and ice must be removed from public sidewalks within 24 hours of the last accumulation.
  • Brush piles/dead vegetation 

How Code Enforcement Works

  1. Courtesy Notice
    Gives residents a chance to correct items of concern without an official notice of violation.
  2. Notice of Violation
    This legal notice allows the city to take enforcement actions if violations are not corrected within a stated time period.
  3. Assessment of Penalties
    Fines are issued for violations not in compliance upon re-inspection.
  4. Abatement
    If violations are ignored or fines go unpaid, the city may order a clean-up at the property at owners’ expense.
  5. Property Lien/Court Summons
    Can result from extended/repeated non-compliance or unpaid fines. 
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