The following are common violation complaints investigated by our department. Included is the title of the violation, the ordinance involved, a brief description of the violation, and perhaps a photo of a sample violation. This page is provided with the intent to illustrate what constitutes a violation.
- Accumulated Waste
- Auto Wrecking
- Building Without Permits
- Commercial Operation
- Manufactured Home Placement
- RV Being Used as a 2nd Single Family Dwelling
- Salvage Yard
- Too Many Livestock
The generator of wastes shall confine the wastes in cans, containers, boxes or other suitable receptacles pending collection and disposal of the wastes. Receptacles must be used in a manner that prevents wastes from blowing, dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping. If the wastes are to be collected by a franchisee, the wastes shall be stored for collection in accordance with policies of the franchisee that have been implemented pursuant to the ordinance. All refuse must be disposed of within seven days.
Any area of land used for the storage, wrecking or sale of five or more inoperable motor vehicles, trailers or farm equipment, or parts thereof, where such vehicles, trailers, equipment or parts are stored in the open and are not being actively restored to operating condition, and includes any land used for the commercial salvaging of any other goods, articles or merchandise.
All construction must conform to the statewide Uniform Building Code and other planning and building standards. Property owners and builders can secure all applicable clearances and permits with both departments prior to any construction, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work at the Douglas County Planning and Building Departments.
Land uses are generally classified as Resource Land, Commercial, Industrial, Public, and Residential. The zoning designations provide a range of compatible uses. Some zones allow for commercial uses outright. Commercial uses may be authorized with conditions (Conditional Use Permit) in some zones. Businesses operated out of a home are often subject to conditions as described in the LUDO and an owner may need to enter into a Land Use Process with the Planning Department to gain authorization.
The placement of any manufactured dwelling or structure requires compliance with the statewide Uniform Building Code and other planning and building standards. In addition, placements requires planning department clearances and building department permits.
A recreational vehicle used for residential purposes for a period of 90 days or longer in any one calendar year is subject to the same regulations as a mobile home. There are special provisions for use of a recreational vehicle (RV) as a hardship dwelling and on federal mining claims. RV's in RV parks are regulated by the zoning and conditions applicable to the park. The placement of an RV as a permanent dwelling (over 90 days) requires compliance with other applicable land use and building code provisions.
Any property where scrap, waste material or other goods, articles or second-hand merchandise are dismantled, sorted, stored, distributed, purchased or sold in the open.
The Land Use and Development Ordinance defines livestock as:
Animals of the bovine species, horses, mules, asses, sheep, goats, swine and fowl.
All livestock animals shall be subject to zoning limitations. Each zone's provisions for animals are outlined in the Land Use and Development Ordinance. Generally, animals are not permitted in Commercial, Industrial, and urban residential zones. View the Douglas County Land Use and Development Ordinance.