About Code Compliance
The City of Grand Prairie Code Compliance Division is responsible for handling city code violations.
The city is divided into 10 code districts each of which has one code officer assigned to handle all violations within that district.
Common Code Violations
All residential and commercial alleys and/or easements are the responsibility of the property owner/and or occupant. Each resident must maintain their half of the alley/easement from rear property or fence line to center point of alley/easement. Maintenance includes all high weeds/grass, trash/debris, and any trimming of tree or bush limbs. View Examples of Alleys/Easements Code Violations.
Unsafe and dangerous manufactured housing (mobile homes) must be reported to the Code Compliance Department. View a defined list of Dangerous Manufactured Housing.
Vehicles cannot be parked in the front, side or rear yard, unless on asphalt or concrete. No parking of oversized vehicles (over 1.5 tons, width of 8 feet and length of more than 16 feet) in residential neighborhoods.
Vehicles are not allowed to stand or park unattended for a continuous period of 48 hours on a public street.
It is illegal to block the city sidewalk with your vehicle. Sidewalks are considered public right-of-way, and city ordinance prohibits vehicles from stopping, standing or parking on a sidewalk. View Examples of Illegal Parking in Residential Areas.
Fencing and screening walls must be sound and made from acceptable fence materials. Allowable residential fencing materials that may be used are wood, masonry, chain link, wood slats, and wrought iron. Materials not allowed are R-Panel, metal and plywood. They must be weather tight and free from deterioration and blight. View Examples of Residential Fence Violations.
All fence replacements require an approved building permit. This includes replacements from old to new, panel sections and newly erected fences. Learn more about Fence Building Permits.
Overgrown grass, weeds, shrubs, trees and vegetation are a nuisance and health hazard. Yard maintenance is the responsibility of every property owner and tenant and includes the maintenance of any right of way abutting the property. Compliance must be made within 7 days.
- Grass must be cut at 10 inches or less.
- All trees and shrubs in the right of way must be trimmed 14 feet above streets and paved alleys and 7 ft above sidewalk so that they do not obstruct the vision or travel of motorists and people.
- All vegetation and tree limbs must be removed and disposed of properly.
Abatement of code violations, in some cases, may take several days or even weeks. The City must first notify the property owner of the violation at the location or by postal mail by certified letter. In most cases, the property owner (or tenant) has 7 to 10 days to resolve the violation.
If the violation remains after 10 days, the city may issue a citation and fine. Violations, citations and fines continue to be issued until the problem is resolved. Only in extreme cases will the city take action to clear the property of the violation if it presents a public health and safety hazard. (See the Code Compliance Ordinances at our ordinance website.)