Listed below are the most common nuisance violations addressed by Code Compliance. Please note not all code violations complaints are handled by Code Compliance and may be transferred to another department after an initial inspection and prioritized base on the following criteria. Listed below are the priority and department primary on the complaint.

Priorities Department
Unsafe Structures - Life Safety Construction
Building Inspector
Fire Hazards
Fire Inspector
Unsecure Property
Code Compliance
Green Pools
Code Compliance
Unsafe/Unsecured Fencing
Code Compliance
Obstruction of a Public Right of Way (signs, weeds)
Code Compliance
Unauthorized Construction
Building Inspector
All Other Title 8 Violations
Code Compliance


The property owner is responsible for the half of the alley immediately behind the property. If you have any issues with alley gates and alley gate locks, please call Transportation at 480-644-2160.

Title 8-6-3(C) all persons owning or occupying land or places of business within the City shall keep the public places fronting or bordering their property free of garbage, junk, obstructions and weeds or grass in excess of nine inches.

Commercial Activity

Refer to the Zoning Ordinance


Fencing and screening walls must be sound and made from standard, consistent fencing material. They also must be free of deterioration and blight. Fences in residential zones cannot be higher than 42 inches in the required front yard and 6 feet in the required rear yard. Fencing in a residential district may not have barbed/razor wire or any other injurious materials attached to them.

Title 8-6-3 (K) The responsible party of any property shall maintain, repair, replace or complete improvements to the exposed exterior surfaces of all buildings or structures including but not limited to exterior windows, doors, canopies, metal awnings, roofs, exhaust ducts, chimneys, painted surfaces, window screening, fences, screen walls, retaining walls, foundations, cooling devices, outdoor stairs, porches, and railings as visible from any rights-of-way so that such exterior surfaces do not exhibit deterioration or disrepair, damage or blight. The responsible party shall not allow the maintenance, repair, replacement, completion or use of materials, colors, or finishes that are incongruous with the predominant materials, colors, or finishes of such exposed exterior surface unless such incongruous materials, colors, or finishes are less than 20 contiguous square feet, or less than 10 percent of the area of any exposed individual plane surface unbroken by corners or angles. This Section is not intended to regulate signs as defined by Section 11-41-5 of the Mesa City Code, art, murals, architectural styles or color patterns and schemes as permitted or authorized in other titles of this Code.

Garage Sales

Four (4) events are allowed per calendar year. Each event must not exceed 3 consecutive days.

Title 8-6-3(X) allows only four (4) yard sales per calendar year.


The property owner is responsible for removing graffiti from all sidewalks, walls, fences, signs and other structures or surfaces visible from beyond the bounds of the property. Report Graffiti

Title 8-6-3(H) requires that property owners keep their property free from all graffiti.

Housing Condition

Exposed, exterior surfaces of the building(s) must be structurally sound and have no holes, breaks, rotting, crumbling, cracking, peeling and rusting. Yards and landscaping should be well maintained and free from weeds and litter. Painted surfaces should not have peeling, chipping, cracking or blistering paint. Materials, colors and finishes used on buildings, structures or exterior walls and fences must be consistent. For example, you may not paint half of your block wall and leave the other half unpainted. Exterior windows and doors should not be broken, missing or poorly fitted. Window screens should not be excessively worn or have any rips or tears. Canopies and metal awnings should be in good condition - no rips, holes or excessive fading. Roofs should be free from surface breaks, raised edges, and missing, curled loose, or excessively worn shingles. Exhaust ducts, air conditioners and evaporative coolers should be in good repair with no rust. Chimneys should be structurally sound with no cracks, deteriorated mortar, and missing or broken bricks. Fences, screening walls and retaining walls must be built with standard fencing materials, be free from graffiti, and should not be broken, dilapidated, unsightly, leaning or have missing blocks or slats. Foundations must be repaired if there is settling, cracking, crumbling or excessive leaning. Outdoor stairs, porches and railing should not have broken or deteriorated deck boards, steps or handrails.

Title 8-6-3(V) The responsible party of improved property within the City shall maintain all buildings, additions, appendages, accessory structures or other structures and exposed exterior surfaces such as, but not limited to, exterior windows, doors, canopies, metal awnings, roofs, exhaust ducts, chimneys, painted surfaces, window screening, fences, screen walls, retaining walls, foundations, cooling devices, outdoor stairs, porches and railings, in a structurally sound condition that does not constitute a hazard and is impervious to moisture and weather elements.

Illegal Construction

A building permit is required for any construction that changes the footprint of the structure, changes or adds to the electrical service or plumbing system. For details see Residential Construction

Inoperable Vehicles

Inoperable vehicles must not be seen from beyond the property line boundaries. An inoperable vehicle is a vehicle that is not equipped with all parts that are required to legally and safely operate it on public streets and/or cannot be driven under its own power. Car covers, tarps, bamboo, shades and other similar types of materials are not acceptable screening. The vehicle owner has 10 days to repair the vehicle or remove it from sight. Vehicles parked in front must be currently licensed. There is a restriction on the number of inoperable and/or unregistered vehicles that may be stored in the rear yard. Refer to Title 8 Chapter 6 Section A for specifics. Said vehicles stored in rear yard must be screened by a 6-foot opaque fence.

Title 8-6-3(A) requires that all abandoned or inoperable vehicles under restoration or repair for longer than 10 days be stored in an area not visible from the property line or adjacent properties.

Junk, Litter and Debris

Junk, litter and debris cannot be left in the yard. It must be disposed of properly. This includes but is not limited to: junk auto parts, appliances, furniture, building and/or landscaping materials, tires, discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, beer cans, tree trimmings, fallen tree limbs and/or any other items that have been discarded.

Title 8-6-3(A) The responsible party of any property shall not cause or allow the deposit, storage, or maintenance of any garbage or junk, or an accumulation of materials such as: vehicle parts, appliances, indoor furniture, boxes, crates, packing cases, mattresses, bedding, lumber, scrap iron, tin, and other metals, unless stored safely in compliance with all applicable ordinances and regulations, and within a lawful, enclosed building or structure, or screened by a lawful fence or within a trash receptacle in such a manner as to not be visible from beyond the lot boundaries, except as authorized for collection under Title 8, Chapter 3 of this Code.


Property owners are required to maintain landscaping so that it does not appear blighted.

Title 8-6-3(W)(1) The responsible party of any property shall maintain: All improved landscaped yards visible from the adjacent rights of way so as not to exhibit deterioration, disrepair, or blight constituting more than 20 contiguous square feet, or more than 10 percent of the area.

Open and Vacant Buildings and Structures

The property owner is responsible for maintaining buildings, structures and grounds of a property. Windows, doors and other openings must be kept secure so they cannot be opened from the outside. A property owner may be required to board up a building/structure if it becomes vacant and is not secure. Accessory buildings/structures on the property such as storage sheds and garages also must be secured. If the building/structure is not secured upon request, the city may secure the property and lien the property for such service.

Title 8-6-3(K)(V)(W) requires that all property maintenance including homes, accessory buildings, fences and landscape be maintained in a structurally sound manner and be kept free from disrepair, blight and neglect.

Outside Storage

Outside storage including but not limited to: equipment, building or landscaping materials, parts/auto parts, appliances, mattresses, boxes or any scrap items, cannot be left where visible from beyond the property boundaries. These types of items must be stored safely within an enclosed building or screened by a fence.

Title 8-6-3(B) requires that all household items, garbage, junk or outside storage be disposed of or stored in an area not visible from the property line or adjacent properties.


Vehicles must be parked on the legal driveway or on an improved, dustproof surface immediately adjacent to the legal driveway. Any vehicle parked in the front yard must be currently licensed. To provide a dustproof surface, please provide 3 inches of gravel with a permanent border, concrete pad or asphalt.

Title 8-6-3(T) requires that all motor vehicles be parked on the legal driveway or other improved dustproof surface adjacent to the legal driveway. An improved surface may be concrete, asphalt or 3" of gravel enclosed by a border. All vehicles parked in front must display current license plates.

RV Storage/Occupancy

RVs, motor homes, 5th wheels, travel trailers, etc., must be stored in the rear yard or in the side yard behind the front face of the house. If over 6 feet in height, the item must be screened with a 6-foot opaque fence/gate. Such vehicles may NOT be used as living quarters. Only one (1) such item may be stored at the residence.

Title 11-34-5(B) Single recreational vehicle (only one allowed per parcel) to be stored in the rear yard or in the side yard behind the front face of the house. If over 6 feet in height and stored in side yard, the recreational vehicle must be screened by a 6-foot solid fence. A recreational vehicle may not be used as living quarters.

The temporary parking of a recreational vehicle in the front yard on a residential lot for the purposes of loading, unloading, or cleaning shall be permitted for a period of time not to exceed 72 hours. While temporarily located as provided herein, the recreational vehicle shall not be parked so as to obstruct traffic visibility. 

Stagnant Water/Green Pools

The property owner is responsible for maintaining any body of water or pool in a clean, clear manner. Observers must be able to see the bottom of the pool. Any pond water that breeds insects or over-saturates the soil in a hazardous manner is prohibited.

Title 8-6-3(G) requires that all swimming pools or other bodies of water be kept clean and clear. No standing water may be allowed accumulate.

Unsafe Rental Conditions

Property owners are responsible for providing a safe and healthy residence for their tenants. Written permission is required from the property owner or tenant to enter and inspect. Inspection are handled by the Building Inspectors for inspections call 480-644-4273.

Landlord/Tenant issues are a concern to the citizens of Mesa and the City understands your concerns. Landlord/Tenant issues are a legal civil matter and City of Mesa does not have jurisdiction in these matters.

The City of Mesa supports Community Legal Services at 602-258-3434. You may speak to a legal advocate about evictions, lock-outs, security deposits, utility shut-offs, lease terms, repairs, discrimination, and notices. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at the helpline.

Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act


Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties, and the adjacent right-of-way (sidewalk, street, alley), free of dead or dried vegetation (weeds, tall grass, shrubs, trees, palm fronds, etc.). All dead or dried vegetation must be removed and disposed of properly. Property owners are also responsible for assuring that weeds/grass on their property and adjacent right-of-way do not exceed 9 inches in height. Trees that hang over the sidewalk should be trimmed so that a minimum of 8 feet is allowed for passage. Trees that hang over the street should be trimmed so that a minimum of 14 feet is allowed for passage. Brochure [PDF].

Title 8-6-3(C)(D)(E)(O) requires that all materials/vegetation be removed from the public right of way. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed to a minimum height of 8 feet over the sidewalk and 14 feet over the street or alley. All properties must be kept clean of all dry, combustible plant material. Properties must be kept clean of all overgrown vegetation

Watercraft/Utility Trailer Storage

All watercraft, utility trailers, or any non vehicle-mounted camper shell or truck camper must be stored in the rear yard or side yard. All watercraft trailers, utility trailers, non vehicle-mounted campers and truck campers visible to the public rights-of-ways must be operable, have inflated tires and be kept free of weeds and debris.

Title 8-6-3(U) requires all watercraft, utility trailers to be stored in the rear yard or in the side yard behind the front face of the house.

Watercraft storage diagram


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