In May of 2007, control of the Clayton County Code Enforcement
Unit was transferred from Community Development to the Clayton
County Police Department. The Code Enforcement Unit is staffed
by fifteen full time and four part time Code Enforcement Officers
and is a sub-division of the Special Services Division of the
police department. The unit is located on the ground floor of
police headquarters at 7911 N. McDonough Street, Jonesboro,
Georgia and operates Monday - Saturday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Complaints concerning housing code violations can be reported
to the unit at (678) 610-4755 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton County Police Department Code Enforcement Unit responds
to concerns from citizens that affect the quality of life within
the county such as overgrown lots or yards, inoperative or unregistered
vehicles, maintenance of structures, illegal signs and public
nuisances. Systematic inspections are also performed throughout
the county to ensure properties are in compliance with county
code and the International Property Maintenance Code (2003 edition)
which the Clayton County Board of Commissioners has adopted
(with ammendments) as the standards for enforcement action under
Sec. 18-431.1, Clayton County Code of Ordinances.
The mission of the Code Enforcement Unit of the Clayton County
Police Department is to preserve and improve the physical, social
and economic health of our neighborhoods, support neighborhood
self-reliance, and enhance the quality of life for residents
through community-based problem solving, neighborhood-oriented
services and public/private cooperation.
Code Enforcement for Clayton County operates under Clayton County
Code Chapter 18, Article VII which adopts the International
Property Maintenance Code as a standard for residential property
in the County. In addition, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners
has adopted a "Quality of Life Code," which addresses the majority
of problems found with property maintenance. Some of the most
commonly used of these are listed below.
Sec. 62-202. Maintaining property and
vacant structures, nuisance and abatement thereof.
(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant or person in
possession of any real property to utilize such real property
for the outside storage of any ice box, refrigerator, stove
or other appliance, furniture, clothing, machinery, equipment,
glass, iron, paper, cordage, or other waste material, including
building rubbish, trash, garbage or similar items.
(b) It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant or person in
possession of any real property to allow grass, weeds, and similar
plants to grow on said property to a height in excess of ten
inches. It shall be the duty and responsibility of every such
owner, occupant or person in possession to keep the property
clean and to remove from the premises all such abandoned or
prohibited items listed in the Quality of Life Code, including
but not limited to dead trees, trash, rubbish, garbage, and
(c) It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant or person in
possession of any real property to allow a swimming pool, wading
pool, hot tub or any similar structure to be in disrepair such
that water can stand in the pool or structure and become a breeding
ground for mosquitoes. All pools and similar structures must
be in good operating condition with the water filtered and chlorinated
or fully covered and any exposed water in the pool, structure
or on the cover must be treated to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
Sec. 62-203. Abandoned or vacant buildings
to be secured.
(a) The owner or person in possession of any abandoned or vacant
buildings or structures shall secure and board up such buildings
or structures to prevent entry by animals, vermin or trespassers.
Sec. 62-204. Parking or storage of
commercial vehicles, buses, trailers, trucks or equipment.
(a) In all residential zoning districts the parking of the following
commercial vehicles is prohibited: Limousines, flat bed trucks,
dump trucks, tow trucks, transport wreckers, tandem axle trucks,
cab-on-chassis trucks, tractor trailers, wheeled attachments
or trailers, buses, earth-moving machinery, semi-trailers, and
any vehicle over 20 feet in length, or seven feet in height,
or seven feet in width. Vehicles or equipment used for agricultural
purposes on agricultural zoned property with five or more acres
are permitted if parked outside the required front yard setback.
(b) In all residential zoning districts, the parking of the
following commercial vehicles is permitted: (1) An automobile,
pick-up truck, van or SUV used to provide daily transportation
to and from work. (2) A commercial vehicle that is parked temporarily
in conjunction with a commercial service, sale, delivery or
(c) In all residential zoning districts recreational vehicles
or equipment, including non- commercial trailers, may be parked
or stored only in the side yard or rear yard or in an enclosed
building. No such recreational vehicle or equipment shall be
used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes when parked
or stored on a residential lot, or in any location not approved
for such use.
(d) With the exception of recreational vehicles and commercial
vehicles parked temporarily in conjunction with a service, sale,
delivery or pick-up, no vehicle with more than six wheels or
two axles or that weighs more than 14,000 pounds or that is
over 20 feet in length, or seven feet in height, or seven feet
in width shall be parked in a residential district.
Sec. 62-205. Off-road parking or storage
of unlicensed or inoperable vehicles, trailers or equipment.
(a) The owner, occupant or person in possession of real property
within a residential zoned district shall not allow vehicles
or trailers of any kind to be parked thereon without current
license plates, unless such vehicle is parked within a fully
enclosed garage or carport attached to the residence.
(b) The owner or occupant of real property within a residential
zoned within a fully enclosed garage or carport attached to
Sec. 62-207. Basketball goals and courts.
(a) Basketball goals attached to the principal residential structure
or erected adjacent to and abutting the driveway of the principal
residential structure shall be allowed in the front yard but
not within the right-of-way of a public street or sidewalk.
No such basketball goal shall be erected in such a manner that
the play area for the basketball goal is located within any
portion of a public right-of-way.
(b) Portable goals are allowed in the front yard but must be
relocated to the side yard after use.
(c) No goal, including portable goals, shall be placed in the
public street or right-of-way, nor will a goal, including a
portable goal, be placed so that the public street or sidewalk
is the court or playing surface for the basketball goal.
(d) Any basketball goal or portable goal located within the
public street or right-of-way is declared a nuisance. After
giving notice of the violation by posting a notice on the basketball
goal and sending a copy thereof by certified mail with return
receipt requested to the address where the basketball goal is
located and giving ten calendar days after the notice has been
posted on the basketball goal to correct the deficiencies, the
county shall have the authority to remove the nuisance basketball
goal and take it to the county landfill. The expense of such
county action shall be charged against the property owner, become
a lien on the property, and be collected by the same means,
process and manner by which taxes are collected by the county.
Sec. 94-60. Prohibited parking of a
vehicle within the front yard.
(a) The parking of a vehicle on grass within the front yard
or in front of the principal building within a residential district
is prohibited. The parking of a vehicle within the front yard
or in front of the principal building within a residential district
is prohibited, except on a driveway or other hardened surface
made of concrete, asphalt, tar and gravel mix, or the like,
or in a carport or garage.
Code Enforcement has also been authorized to enforce portions
of the Sign Ordinance (no signs to be placed within the public
right-of-way) and littering laws.
The violation of these Codes may be punished by a fine not exceeding
$1,000.00 or six months imprisonment, or both, except as otherwise
provided by general law.
In addition to these penalties, the County may correct the property
code violations through the use of a contracted vendor. The
cost of this abatement is then placed as a lien against the
property which must be satisfied before sale of the property.
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