Public Nuisances

Informational Memo

Published: April 16, 2020

Public Nuisances
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Defines public and private nuisances, giving common examples such as weeds, smoke, noise, animals, junk, grass and odors. Examines tools cities can use to effectively and fairly prevent nuisances or eliminate nuisance conditions when they occur. Evaluates complaint versus inspection enforcement options.

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