Codes for a Better Community

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Property Maintenance

Garage Sales

Garage Conversions

Walls and Fences

Living in Accessory Structures

Business Activity

Vehicle Codes

Lawn Parking

Oversized Vehicles

Peddlers and Vendors

Animals

Weed Abatement

Swimming Pools

Leaf Blowers

Property Maintenance

The accumulation of trash and debris is adverse to neighborhood aesthetics and may pose a health hazard. Broken or discarded furniture, appliances, vehicle parts, household items, trash vegetation and landscape trimmings which constitute a public nuisance may not be stored on residential property. Trash cans may only be places out for pick-up the evening before or on trash pick-up day and should be minimized from public view on all other days.

Garage Sales

Garage and yard sales in residential zones are limited to three per residence, per calendar year, for up to three days each. Items sold are limited to household personal property, and may not be items purchased for resale.  A permit must be obtained from City Hall prior to the sale. Garage sale permits are $10. Garage sale signs may not be posted on public property, utility poles or light poles.

Garage Conversions

Converting your garage to another use is illegal. Any alteration or installation to your garage, which interferes with the required parking for your vehicles, is prohibited.

Walls and Fences

Walls, fences, and hedges which present a potential traffic visibility problem or public safety hazard are regulated by the City’s Municipal Code based on height and location. Walls and fences have a maximum height limit of six feet, except in front yards, where the height limit is three feet.  A variance must be approved by the City prior to construction of overheight fences.

Living in Accessory Structures

Accessory structures such as workshops, storage sheds, garages, or enclosed patios are not designed for habitation and do not meet residential building code requirements. Living in accessory structures is prohibited Single family residential zoning limits each lot to one housing unit.  All structures require building permits.  Recreational vehicles and trailers may not be used as living quarters unless they are located in an approved mobile home park.

Business Activity

Residents and homeowners expect their surroundings to be tranquil and well maintained.  Residential neighborhoods are places where people live, not work. Commercial or industrial activities in residential neighborhoods, such as auto repair, storage of materials and equipment, deliveries, or parking for visiting clientele, may not take place on your property or in your home.

You may however, obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the City for a home office for certain types of businesses, such as word processing, which does not involve customers or employees coming to your home. The City’s Planning Division can provide additional information.

Vehicle Codes

The storage of inoperable, wrecked, junk or dismantled vehicles can create a neighborhood eyesore, cause groundwater contamination, and health hazards, as well as decrease surrounding property values.  You may legally store these types of vehicles only in an enclosed garage.

Lawn Parking

The parking of vehicles on the lawn not only destroys the landscaping, but also destroys the aesthetics of a neighborhood.Lawn parking often affects neighborhood pride and signals the beginning of economic decline, overcrowding of housing, crime and poor property maintenance.  Vehicles may be parked only on paved driveways, streets, or in garages, and may not obstruct the public sidewalk, street or alley.

Oversized Vehicles

Oversized vehicles are defined as any commercially registered vehicle weighing over 2,000 pounds.  These vehicles may not be parked or stored in residential neighborhoods. Residential streets will rapidly deteriorate under the weight of heavy trucks.  In addition, the noise, diesel fumes, and negative visual impact created by oversized commercial vehicles can affect the tranquility of a residential neighborhood.

Peddlers and Vendors

All peddlers and vendors operating within the City Of Westminster must have a City business license and a Police Permit, and must operate within the requirements of the Municipal Code.

Animals

Dogs over the age of four months must have a dog license.  These can be obtained at City Hall. A household may not possess more than three dogs or three cats at any one time. Animals must be leashed when outside of confined private property, and animal waste must be immediately removed and disposed of in a sanitary manner.  For additional information on animals, you may contact the City’s Animal Control Officer at (714) 548-3201.

Weed Abatement

Failure to maintain property in the City of Westminster that is free of rubbish, overgrown vegetation and weeds, or other material that is hazardous to the health and welfare of the surrounding residents is a violation of the City, and failure to comply with citations may result in the City taking the corrective action and placing a lien on the property for reimbursement.

Swimming Pools

Permits from the City Building Division are required for the construction of a swimming pool or spa. Pools and spas must be fenced and secured with approved materials, and must be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition.

Leaf Blowers

In residential areas, the use of leaf blowers is limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Only the residential occupant may use a leaf blower on Sundays and holidays, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Only one leaf blower per residential address may be used at one time, and is restricted to a maximum of fifteen minutes per day.