Highlights of the Exterior Property Maintenance Program


The exterior areas of a property must be maintained in good repair and in a sanitary condition.  The maintenance of yards and buildings offer the public a general impression of the overall condition of a property.  Such impressions can reflect not just on individual owners, but also on entire neighborhoods.  This adds to the importance of upholding the level of property maintenance at a good quality standard.


Weeds/Tall Grass/Landscaping

Premises shall be maintained so that lawns, hedges, and bushes shall not become overgrown and unsightly where exposed to public view and shall not constitute a blighting factor that impairs the good residential character of the immediate neighborhood.


Accessory Structures

Must be structurally sound and in good repair.


Driveways and Walkways

Must be properly maintained.


Motor Vehicle Storage and Repair

Motor vehicles parked outdoors must be in operable condition and carrying a current license and registration. Vehicles must be parked on driveways and not left on the grass for extended periods of time.


Exteriors of Houses/General Maintenance

The exterior of every structure or accessory structure, including fences, shall be maintained in good repair and be free of conditions reflective of deterioration or inadequate maintenance.  For example, siding materials must be maintained in good repair without holes, loose or rotting materials, or peeling paint.  Roof shingles must be in good repair, not worn or missing.


Garbage, Junk and Debris

Junk, debris, garbage/trash, litter and other similar items, including noxious or offensive materials, shall not be allowed to accumulate on a property.


The above noted categories are some of the Highlights and Abbreviated Summaries of the City of Independence Exterior Property Maintenance Code.  Please contact the Building Department at (216) 524-1019, or building@independenceohio.org, and someone from our staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have.