Common Code Violations
Have you ever been frustrated by crowded neighborhood streets? Did you know that Vineyard was planned in such a way that each unit has designated garage and/or driveway parking spots for each single-family dwelling unit. Please, make sure your designated parking areas aren’t taken up by camping trailers, RVs or other similar vehicles! Vineyard City Code requires camping trailers and RVs to be parked in side or rear yards and screened from front yards and streets by a fence in order to ensure designated parking spots are utilized for their intended use. (Vineyard Zoning Code 15.34.100) In this way we can guarantee that no sidewalks will be obstructed by trailers (Vineyard Municipal Code 10.08.020), and that streets are clear from unnecessary cars parking on the side of streets (Vineyard Municipal Code 10.04.040).
Just like most cities, Vineyard also has occupancy limits for single-family dwelling units. Occupancy limits exist to protect the renters by preventing landlords from crowding tenants into substandard and unsafe conditions. Occupancy limits also exist to benefit other residents of the city by reducing parking and traffic congestion. Most of Vineyard’s units are designated as single-family dwelling units (Vineyard Zoning 15.60), which means one family shall live it the unit. A family, in Vineyard code, is defined as any number of people who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or court sanctioned guardianships, or four unrelated people, or two unrelated people and any children related to either of them (Vineyard Zoning 15.60.020).
Not only are weeds unsightly for your neighbors or others driving past your home, but there are also several other threats that uncontrolled weeds can bring to a neighborhood. Vineyard code actually constitutes weeds as a public nuisance (Vineyard Municipal Code 8.08.020) for the following reasons: (1) It ensures that the weeds cannot become a breeding ground and shelter for rats, mice, snakes, mosquitoes, and other vermin. (2) It ensures the weeds will not grow tall enough or attain such dryness to become a fire threat or hazard. (3) It mitigates the likelihood of weeds seeding and spreading to neighboring properties. (4) It mitigates the likelihood of weeds seeding and causing irritation to the throat, lungs, and eyes of passersby and neighbors. (5) It ensures that the tall weeds will not hide debris such as broken glass or metal which could injure someone. Therefore, Vineyard City requires that weeds be within 4 inches of the ground (Vineyard Municipal Code 8.08.020(C,2)) to encourage friendly, beautiful, and walkable neighborhoods.
Vineyard is a beautiful little city nestled between the Wasatch Mountains and the shores of Utah Lake. We strive to keep our city beautiful and welcoming. In order to prevent potential injuries and to maintain property value city ordinances restrict unsheltered storage of any old, unused, stripped, and junked machinery, implements, equipment or personal property of any kind which is no longer safely usable for the purposes for which it was manufactured (Municipal Code 8.08.030(C)). Persons living in Vineyard should not keep any lumber, junk, trash, or debris on their property either because it endangers property value for neighbors (Municipal Code 8.08.030(D)).
Each housing unit in Vineyard was built to provide a designated amount of parking in a garage or driveway. As residents park in their assigned parking spots, it is unnecessary for them to park in the street. Street parking creates several different dangers. First, drivers are less able to see if a child darts into the street increasing the risk of homicide. Second, drivers can be forced into oncoming lanes of traffic. Third, it prevents and inconveniences emergency vehicles: fire trucks, ambulances, law enforcement cruisers. The precious seconds lost can severely impact first-responders. It is prohibited to leave any vehicle for 48 or more consecutive hours on the street at any time of year (Vineyard Municipal Code 10.04.040(G)). For snow plows to remove snow off the streets, it is also prohibited for any vehicle to be on the roads at anytime when there is snow on the roads. (Vineyard Municipal Code 0.04.050(C))