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Common Code Violations
Each single family home is limited to 4 unrelated persons or a family. If the property is occupied w/the owner as a primary resident, and it's zoning allows, an Accessory Dwelling Unit license may be obtained. (HOA's may have stricter occupancy regulations).
An ADU license allows for an additional 4 unrelated persons or a family to occupy an accessory structure on the property.
Occupancy Violation Examples:
- Renting to 5 unrelated college students (when the home doesn't have an ADU).
- Operating an ADU, when it is not owner occupied.
- Operating an ADU when the zoning isn't approved (Townhomes & Condos are not approved to operate as an ADU).
Occupancy violations are not limited to these examples but are the most common in our city.
Do I need an ADU license?
An accessory dwelling unit is a living space, separate from the homeowners for an entity to occupy.
An entity can be a family or 4 unrelated persons.
The most common ADU’s in Vineyard are basement apartments.
If you DO live in a home that you OWN in Vineyard, and you’re renting out the basement / have a detached living space with renters, an ADU license is required.
What if I DON’T live at the property I own. Do I still need a license?
No. Split renting when the homeowner IS NOT a primary resident is restricted.
Split renting is having two separate entities living on the same property. One entity is considered a family or 4 unrelated persons.
Example: Having 4 college students in the top half of the home and a married couple living in the basement when the homeowner is not a primary resident, is restricted.
If you’re a homeowner that’s moved away and you’d like to rent your house, city code requires the ENTIRE home to be rented to only ONE entity.
Example continued: To fix the occupancy violation mentioned above, compliance would include having all 4 college students OR the married couple move out.
Civil penalty fees up to $100 per day can accrue when this section of code is violated. Zoning Code 15.34.060
What’s the purpose of an ADU license?
- To promote areas in the city that will accommodate an expanding population.
- Establish regulations to address the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
- Provide flexibility for changes in household size associated with life cycle.
- Enable a level of financial security for homeowners. Zoning Code 15.34.060
- PARKING AT CURB. No motor vehicle shall be parked with the left side of the vehicle next to the curb, except on one-way streets. It shall be unlawful to stand or park any motor vehicle in a street other than parallel with the curb and with the two right wheels of the vehicle within twelve inches of the regularly established curb line except on those streets which have been marked for angle parking; then vehicles shall be parked at the angle to the curb indicated by such marks.
- VEHICLES FOR SALE. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any street or public property for the purpose of displaying it for sale. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle from which merchandise is peddled on any public street or public property, the exception being a licensed mobile food business as defined in Chapter 5.16 Mobile Food Businesses and Chapter 6.16 Use of City Roads and City Property.
- LOADING ZONE. When so posted, it shall be unlawful for the driver of a passenger vehicle to stand or park such vehicle for a period of time longer than is permitted by the posted sign for the loading or unloading of passengers, of for the driver to stand or park any freight carrying motor vehicle for a period of time longer than is necessary to load, unload and deliver materials in any place designated as a loading zone and marked as such.
- PARKING PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person, except physicians on emergency calls or designated emergency vehicles when properly posted, to park any motor vehicle on any street in violation of the posted restrictions.
- ALLEYS. No person shall park a motor vehicle within an alley in such manner or under such conditions as to leave less than ten feet of the width of the roadway available for the free movement of vehicular traffic. No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle within an alley in such a position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.
- CAB STANDS – BUS STANDS. No motor vehicle other than a licensed taxicab shall be parked in any area designated by ordinance as a taxicab stand and no vehicle other than a bus shall be parked in a place so designated as a bus loading zone.
- PARKING PROHIBITED. It shall be an infraction for any person to park or leave on any public road, street, alley or city property any motor vehicle, motor homes, boat, trailers, or other item for 48 or more consecutive hours, unless otherwise posted. Any vehicle, motor home, trailer, boat, or any other item so parked or left on any public road, street, alley or property may be cited, impounded or removed by the chief of police. For purposes of impoundment and removal, the chief of police may impound and remove any motor vehicle or other item which reasonably appears to have remained unmoved in violation of this Part. The cost of impoundment and removal shall be charged to the owner or any person who claims the impounded motor vehicle or other removed item. Anything other than a motor vehicle, as defined by state law, which is moved from a spot and then reparked or replaced on the same public road, street, alley or city property within 500 yards from its original spot within twenty four (24) hours from the time of said removal shall be deemed to have been continuously parked for the purposes of this Section.
- MAILBOXES. Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, to comply with the law or the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, or to momentarily pick up or discharge passengers or mail, no vehicle shall be stopped or parked, whether occupied or not, within ten feet of a public or private curbside mailbox or community mailbox. Municipal Code - Unlawful Parking - 10.04.040
Please see the Municipal Code for the rest of our city's parking regulations.
Our Municipal Code considers it a public nuisance for any person to refrain from cleaning up their animal's defecation on public or private property without the owner's consent.
A . Any animal which does any of the following shall be deemed a nuisance:
Defecates on any public sidewalk, park, or building, or on any private property without the consent of the owner of such private property unless the owner or custodian of such animal shall immediately remove any such defecation to a proper trash receptacle. Unsighted persons while relying on a guide dog shall be exempt from this section. Violators may be fined as determined within the approved city fee schedule. Municipal Code - Public Nuisance 9.04.130
STANDARDS OF WEED CONTROL
Lots which have weeds, grass or other growth which constitute an existing or potential fire hazard shall be abated by the owner of the property. Weed abatement compliance shall be accomplished by disking, plowing, or mowing weeds within 4 inches of the ground.
- REAL PROPERTY TO BE KEPT CLEAN. It shall be an infraction for any person owning or occupying real property to allow weeds to grow higher on such property than is permitted by this section or not to remove from such property any cuttings of such weeds or any refuse, unsightly or deleterious objects after having been given notice from the health director as hereinafter provided.
- WEEDS — DEFINED. Weeds shall include any vegetation commonly referred to as a weed, or which shall have been designated a noxious weed by the Utah commissioner of agriculture. Municipal Code - Abatement of Weeds And Deleterious Objects - 8.08.020
Signs shall be allowed within the city according to the regulations contained in this section. It shall be unlawful to erect or otherwise display a sign without complying with the applicable terms and provisions of this section.
- Sign Permit Required: Prior to erecting, construction, placement, relocation, alteration, and/or modification of any sign, a sign permit shall be obtained from the city except as exempted within this Title. Such application for sign permit shall be subject to standards, procedures and other requirements of this section.
- Permit Exemptions: The following items are exempt from permit requirements but shall conform to the specifications of this Title and sign definitions listed in Section 15.48.080:
- Official Signs, signs of a noncommercial nature and in the public interest, erected by, or on the order of a public officer
- Incidental signs not over 6 SF in size
- Standard sign maintenance
- Interior signs that are not visible or intended to be visible from the public-way
- Site address
- Temporary signs except as stated within this Title
- Window Signs
(continued in Zoning Code - General - 15.48.040)
- No sign shall be placed within the public right-of-way, park strips along roadways or within an easement.
- No sign shall be attached to any street post, street sign or other structures within the public right-of-way except where allowed.
- No sign may occupy a sight triangle.
- No sign or sign structure shall be located within five (5) feet of a property line.
- No sign shall be placed in such a position as to endanger pedestrian, bicyclists, or traffic on street by obscuring the view or by interfering with official street signs or signals by virtue of position or color.
- On any property where permission to erect and maintain the sign has not been given by the owner or lease holder. Zoning Code - General - 15.48.040