Code Enforcement


Captain Francisco Romero
1669 Flicker Road
Jonesboro, GA 30238
770-477-3642 (Desk)

Operational Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Code Enforcement FAQs

Basketball goals attached to the principal residential structure or erected adjacent to and abutting the driveway or 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 a play area for the basketball goal is located within any portion of a public right-of-way.
Portable goals are allowed in the front yard but must be relocated to the side yard after use.
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 first class mail to the address where the basketball goal is located and giving five 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 county. The notice required by this subsection shall also be sent by first class to the last known address of the property owner if different from the resident.
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 the like.
Except as authorized by subsection (b), 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, truck tractors without a trailer, wheeled attachments or trailers, buses, earth-moving machinery, and semi-trailers.
Any vehicle over 20 feet in length, seven feet in height, or seven feet in width. Vehicles or equipment used exclusively for agricultural purposes on agricultural zoned property with three or more acres are permitted if parked outside the required front yard setback.
Sec. 62-204 – Parking or storage of commercial vehicles, buses, trailers, trucks or equipment

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. With the exception of recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles parked temporarily in conjunction with a service, sale, delivery or pickup, 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.
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.
For the purpose of this section only, the use of concrete blocks, pavers, runners or the like, used as a treated and hardened surface, must be permanently installed and not loosely on top of the ground. For building/zoning information, please contact Community Development.
The director of the Community Development department is authorized to issue temporary parking permits which would allow temporary parking on the grass or in the front yard of any building within a residential district for funerals, reunions or like events, or during construction projects on the property. A fee of $25.00 shall be charged for any such permit and said director shall develop rules and regulations necessary for the implementations of this provision.
Complaints related to passenger and commercial vehicles parked on the street should be directed to uniform patrol at the Clayton County Police Department.
Sec. 62-205 – Off-road parking or storage of unlicensed or inoperable vehicles, trailers or equipment.

The owner or occupant of real property within a residential zoned district shall not allow any vehicles, trailers or other motorized equipment to remain in an inoperable condition for more than 30 days unless such vehicle, trailer of other motorized equipment is parked within a fully enclosed garage or carport attached to the residence. It shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of the section for a vehicle or trailer to be without one or more wheels or tires, broken windows, or be in a state of disrepair for more than 30 days.
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.
The owner or occupant of real property within a residential zoned district shall not allow any vehicles or trailers to be covered so as to obscure the license plate unless such vehicle or trailer is parked within a fully enclosed garage or carport attached to the residence.
Improper storage of inoperable vehicles can be a serious problem for a community. The vehicles are unsightly, clutter the neighborhood, provide a harborage for rodents and are an attractive nuisance for children.

This regulation addresses two problems associated with vehicle storage and repair:

• The blighting influence that improperly stored inoperable vehicles have on a neighborhood
• The neighborhood mechanic who attempts to operate a vehicle repair business from home.
302.8 - Motor vehicles.

Regular vehicle maintenance and basic repairs are allowed under this code as long as the following conditions are met.

Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.

Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes. Of course, this regulation does not affect the storage of vehicles on property that complies with applicable zoning or license requirements, such as repair garages, salvage yards and similar establishments.
Many appliances have a negative impact on the environment and are not allowed to be exposed to the elements. Certain items are in direct violation of our Quality of Life Codes. When making a complaint, be as detailed as possible about the kind of trash you are seeing. It will help our officers know how to respond and plan their course of action.

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, without a special permit therefore issued by the director of the Department of Community Development.
Sec. 78-9 – Solid Waste Containers – Requirements for Customers

All solid waste containers from which collections are made shall be placed to the rear of the building line of the residence, except on the days of scheduled pickup, with the container tightly sealed or enclosed. All trash containers shall be located within 150 feet from the curb or paving of a public street; except collection may be made at a greater distance in accordance with the terms of a special contract to be entered into by the party desiring service and the contracted firm serving the area.
No, trash containers shall not be placed within an enclosed carport as this is in violation of the Clayton County ordinance.
All trash containers shall be metal, plastic or other waterproof material with a tight lid covering the container so as to prevent rain or insects entering the container.
Yard trash must be placed to the rear of the curb line or off the street right-of-way.
Mold complaints are not included in the Clayton County Code Enforcement’s Quality of Life section.

Mold complaints are typically civil in nature and involve many aspects of Landlord/Tenant law. Additionally, privately owned mold remediation companies are available at the cost of the homeowner and/or renter.

Although mold is not handled by Code Enforcement directly, some underlying code violations that cause the mold; such as plumbing issues, leaks, etc., fall under the jurisdiction of Code Enforcement.
At this time, trampolines do not directly fall under any Clayton County Ordinance, but if kept in poor condition, unusable, or broken down, they can be found in violation of the Outside Storage of waste material, rubbish, trash, garbage code;

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, without a special permit therefore issued by the director of the department of community development.
Yes, this is a direct violation of a Sec.62-202(c) concerning wading pools.

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.
The action or procedure of abolishing or eliminating public or private nuisances in violation of building and safety codes. The county can place a lien on a property if it is in violation and the owner has not complied with the county ordinances or is unable to be located by Code Enforcement through a specific process. The county will then bring the property up to code and will place a lien against the property in the amount equal to the services rendered.
Sec. 62-203. Abandoned or vacant buildings to be secured.

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.

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 the like.
The app, “Click Clayton” is available through the App Store on Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.
The app was designed to help Clayton County departments be more efficient.

‘Click Clayton’ accomplishes four key objectives: promotes citizen engagement, increases staff efficiency, reduces calls and office visits, and resolves requests quickly. It gives citizens a way to give the county information and report non-emergency issues directly from their mobile device.
Residents can file complaints regarding a number of issues; such as illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, code violations and dead animal pickups.
Complaints can be viewed and users can “vote” on those complaints, lending support to the urgency of their resolution.
Clayton County Water Authority (770) 960-5200, Press Option #5.
1. A Complaint is reported to Code Enforcement by phone, email or the ‘Click Clayton’ app.

2. An officer is assigned to the case and will make contact with the complaint within 72 hours of receiving the complaint.

3. If an ordinance violation is seen, the officer will take photographs of the violation to be uploaded to a case file, and a Notice of Violation will be posted on the property or hand delivered to the homeowner or renter of the property.

4. The NOV (Notice of Violation) will state the ordinance violation that was observed and a date by which the violation must be brought into compliance. For Quality of Life Codes, the property must be brought into compliance within 5 business days. For International Property Maintenance Code violations, the property must be brought into compliance within 30 days unless it is deemed to be of an imminent threat or danger to community by the Code Enforcement Officer.

5. If an address has a history of previous violations or if the officer deems the violation serious enough in nature, citations may be issued immediately without issuing a notice of violation first.

6. If on the scheduled follow-up date, the officer sees the property has been brought into compliance - the case is closed, and no further action is necessary.

7. If the officer sees the property is still in violation, the homeowner or tenant will receive a Magistrate Citation. This citation will have a court date, time to appear, and will include a fine based on the ordinance violation.