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No, leaves are not part of the ordinance; however, yard waste that is purposely placed in an area that prohibits the flow of water to designated drainage board areas is a violation.
No, the cases and site visits are complaint driven. Residents may report a concern via. St. Joseph County Code Enforcement Online Complaint Form
At this time our ordinances do not address anything related to structures. Public safety issues may be directed to either the St. Joseph County Building Department or St. Joseph County Health Department.
Calls may be made anonymously, but online complaints must provide a phone number or email. Inspectors may need contact information for a complainant to verify address, nature of the complaint, etc. in order to create a case.
No, vehicles parked on the street are under the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s jurisdiction. Inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private property are part of the ordinance. Multiple inoperable vehicles may be a zoning violation.
The current vehicle ordinance only covers inoperable vehicles, not the location of operable ones.
This is a public health hazard and is handled by the St. Joseph County Health Department
No, the ordinance states that it is a violation to purposely place material that blocks the flow of water and forces it to pool, creating a hazard.
Code enforcement does not have jurisdiction over burning. Please contact the St. Joseph County Police Department Non-emergency (574) 235-9611.
This may be a zoning violation. Please contact Area Plan/Zoning at (574) 235-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code enforcement does not have jurisdiction over noise complaints. Please contact the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department (574) 235-9611
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After the first time a violation is found, the inspector will leave a courtesy hangtag at the location stating concerns and contact information. If after 7 days no contact or remediation has been made, a formal violation notice will be mailed to the owner/address of record.