Property Codes Made Easy Transcribed from the City of Lakewood brochure
Note: This brochure is on the Lakewood website. We are aware of at least one update in the case of the Animals clause. There is a provision now for farm animals. That said, these guidelines should serve you well in understanding the stated position of the city. The website has the up-to-the-minute code.
Address Numbers Required Address numbers are required to be displayed on all residences, offices, ad other commercial buildings. Numbers need to be between 4 and 12 inches in height and of a contrasting color with the background. Numbers need to be clearly visible from public streets, private drives and alleys. For more information on building numbering, contact Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566.
Outside Storage Outside storage of items such as tires, auto parts, waste building materials, trash and indoor furniture is not allowed. These items should be kept in a garage or storage shed. Typical outdoor items such as a barbecue, patio furniture and toys are allowed.
Snow Removal from Sidewalks Residents and business owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of the snowfall ending. Call the Planning and Public Works Department at 303-987-7975 to report a sidewalk that has not been cleared.
Trash Trash must be removed from private property at least once a week to prevent an accumulation. Trash containers can be metal or plastic with tight fitting lids or commercial-type dumpsters. Trash bags that are strong enough not to rip under normal handling may be used. However, if the bags are repeatedly being ripped by animals or are not sufficient to keep the trash secured, trash cans must be used.
All containers must be stored on private property and may be placed curbside no more than 48 hours for collection. The area around the trash storage area must be kept clean.
Inoperable Vehicles Up to two unlicensed or inoperable vehicles are allowed per residential property. Each must be stored on an improved surface (see Residential Parking section) in the side yard or backyard and be screened from public view. Screening options are a 6-foot tall privacy fence or a fitted car cover. Contact Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566 to report inoperable vehicle violations in yard.
Unlicensed and inoperable vehicles are prohibits at apartment or other multifamily complexes.
Inoperable vehicles, including those that are not currently licensed, cannot be parked on City streets. Contact the Police Department’s nonemergency number, 303-987-7111, to report inoperable vehicles parked on City streets.
Recreational Vehicles and Travel Trailers All recreational vehicles or travel trailers must be parked on an improved surface when parked on private property. There is a 48 hour or less provision to load or unload the vehicle if it’s necessary to park on the City street, and only it if is parked directly in front of the dwelling unit of the vehicle’s registered owner.
Trailers All boat, horse and utility trailers must be parked on an improved surface when parked on private property. There is a six hour or less provision to park on the street if it is necessary. Vehicles or trailers cannot block sidewalks or driveways.
Residential Parking Up to seven vehicles, which include trailers, boats and recreational vehicles, are allowed on each single-family residential property. There are no restrictions on the number of operable vehicles that can park on the street. (See the Recreational Vehicles section for restrictions on these vehicles.) All vehicles must be parked on an improved surface such as concrete, asphalt or ravel. Gravel surfaces need to be a minimum depth of 3 inches, and kept free of weeds and other vegetation. Up to 50 percent of the front yard and 50 percent of the backyard may be used for parking areas.
Commercial Vehicles One commercial vehicle per residential property is allowed. Commercial vehicles cannot park on City streets.
The following vehicles cannot park on residential property: semis, dump trucks, buses, and vehicles over 20,000 pounds, vehicles 30 feet or longer, or 10 feet or more in height.
Animals The maximum number of household pets permitted per household is five. No more than three of any species are allowed per household. Servant animals such as seeing-eye dogs are allowed in addition to household pets. Animals should not be allowed to bark excessively, howl, or make other noise that disturbs neighbors. To report a violation of the rules above, or to report a concern about an abused or neglected animal, contact Animal Control at 303-987-7173, Option 1. Animal feces must be cleaned up regularly and must no cause excessive odor. Call Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566 to report a violation of this type.
Weeds and Grass Weeds and grass on residential and commercial properties must not exceed 6 inches in height. Vegetation on vacant lots must be maintained at 12 inches or below.
Fence Permits Required A fence permit is required when building a new fence or replacing 8 linear feet or more of an existing fence. Call Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566 for additional information on fence regulations.
Trees and Bushes Trees and bushes must not encroach onto the public right-of-way or obstruct public street signs such as street names and stop signs. To report obstructions of sidewalks, signs or other items caused by overhanging trees or bushes, call the City of Lakewood Forestry Division at 720-963-5240.