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Common Nuisance Violations

Please Keep Sidewalks Clear
The City of Charlotte asks all residents to remember to keep all sidewalks safe and clear of obstructions such as yard waste, garbage and recycling carts, parked vehicles and other items that may impede their use.

Violation - Rollout Containers Rollout Containers
$50 FINE

Rollout containers must be placed at the curb no earlier than the day before the collection day and must be removed by midnight on the collection day. Rollout containers should not block the sidewalk.

$25 FINE

Rollout containers may not be stored in front of a home.

Violation - Yard Waste Yard Waste
$50 FINE

Yard waste shall not be placed at curbside any earlier than the day before the collection date.

Leaves must be placed in cans or untied bags.

Limbs must be no longer than 5 feet and no larger than 4 inches in diameter.

Tree trunks must be 4 inches in diameter or less. The city will not collect tree stumps.

Violations - Bulky Items Bulky & Junk Items
$50 FINE

Eligible items must be scheduled for collection. Call 311 to schedule a pickup.

Items cannot be placed at curbside prior to scheduling.

Bulky items can only be placed at the curbside prior to the day preceding the collection date.

Violation - Neglect of Property Neglect of Property
$50 FINE

Neglect of property is causing or allowing unsightly litter, tall weeds and grass, yard waste, foul odor, dead animals, junk, unsecured appliances or potentially dangerous devices to remain on or emanate from the property.

You may also receive a violation if you discard, abandon or cause these issues on public property, private property, vacant lots or any pond, stream, or body of water or banks thereof with the city limits.

Violation - Dilapidated Conditions Dilapidated Condition
$50 FINE

Property that is in a littered condition, such as dilapidated furniture, appliances, machinery, equipment, building materials, automotive parts, tires, or any other items which are in a wholly or partially rusted, wrecked, junked, dismantled or inoperative condition which are not completely enclosed within a building or dwelling will result in a violation.

Violation - Illegal Dumping Illegal Dumping
$500 FINE

Disposing of or discarding any litter on private or public property without the owner's permission will result in a violation.

Violation - Illegal Signs Signs
$100/500/1000 FINE
*based on number of offenses

Signs may not be placed within 11 feet of the edge of the pavement of any road, roadway, street, or alley or within any public right-of-way, or upon any post, pole, tree, tree stake or guard, shrub, fire hydrant, or upon anything else within 11 feet of the edge of the public right-of-way or upon any bridge or overpass within the city limits.

Violation - Abandoned Vehicles Tall Weeds & Grass
$50 FINE

Failure to cut weeds or grass and overgrowth exceeding one foot on the average will result in a violation.

Violation - Abandoned Vehicles Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicle Towed

Vehicles will be in violation if they are
  • On any public street or highway longer than seven days
  • On property owned or operated by the city for longer than 24 hours
  • On private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lessee thereof for longer than two hours
Hazardous Vehicles Vehicles
Vehicle Towed

Any motor vehicle which appears to be hazardous in nature will result in a violation.

Violation - Junk Vehicles Junk Vehicles
Vehicle Towed

It is unlawful to have more than one junked motor vehicle on the premises of public or private property.

One junked motor vehicle in its entirety can be located in the rear yard, if the junked motor vehicle is entirely concealed by an acceptable canvas covering.

Parking on the Front Lawn Parking on the Front Lawn
$25 FINE

Parking in the front yard or front and side yards of a corner lot is a code violation, except if the vehicle is on an improved driveway or parking pad.