County Code Compliance works with residents to prevent unhealthy conditions

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Pinal County Community Development Services, Code Compliance Division is responsible to our property owners and residents to ensure that our neighborhoods and properties are well-kept to enhance the overall image of our community as a whole. As a means of ensuring that property values are maintained and citizens are afforded the quality of life they desire, our Code Compliance Division works with our residents to prevent unsightly, unsafe, and unhealthy conditions by ensuring that all properties meet the code requirements and are not left to deteriorate and become unsightly.

Often, violators are unaware that they are in violation of county requirements pertaining to general property maintenance and zoning. The goal of the division is to promote and encourage voluntary compliance with county codes, before enacting strict compliance.

Supervisor Pete Rios is sponsoring a proactive information approach to code compliance, to better enable our citizens to improve their neighborhoods with voluntary compliance; believing better informed citizens will lead to better communities.

This article will focus on questions regarding miscellaneous scrap according to county code:

2.185.010 Outside storage and parking.

A.  It shall be unlawful and a violation of this title for any resident/occupant or owner of record or both to leave or permit to remain outside any objects, scrap, appliances, vehicles, or any other materials, except as provided by this chapter.

B.  It is unlawful for any person to stand, park or store a vehicle in violation of this chapter.

C.  It is unlawful for any resident/occupant to allow a vehicle to stand or be parked or stored in violation of this chapter. [Ord. PZ-C-003-12 § 1; Ord. 61862 § 3401].

2.185.070 Furniture and appliances.

Furniture and appliances may be placed outside on a parcel provided:

A.  All appliances are in operating condition and connected for the private use of the resident/occupant.

B.  Any furniture placed outside is in usable condition and designed for outdoor use. [Ord. 61862 § 3407].

MISCELLANEOUS SCRAP:Any item or substance which in its present condition is not and cannot be used for the original use intended or, that which has been discarded. All other items, objects, materials, parts, scrap, motor vehicle components, or any other item on personal property that does not conform to Section 2.185.010 must be removed.

TRASH AND DEBRIS:Trash and debris refers to collections of trash and junk on the property, not trash or bulky waste set out for collection. Old junk, garbage, tires, rubbish, furniture, appliances, car parts or anything else stored outside can be dangerous and hazardous.

Question #1

I just bought a new couch for my living room and my old couch I put outside on my porch. Am I in violation?


Yes, the only furniture that can be used outside is furniture designed for outdoor use, such as metal patio furniture and outdoor grills. In addition, no appliances can be stored outside unless they are hooked to utilities and currently being used.

Question #2

I ride dirt bikes in the desert and keep spare bikes for parts, am I in violation?


Yes, you are in violation. The code ordinance does not allow any motorcycle or vehicle parts, to be stored on private property unless they are in a garage or storage shed.

Question #3

I keep boxes and store household items in my open carport, am I in violation?


Yes you are. The ordinance does not allow for storage in open areas but must be contained in a garage or storage shed.

Question #4

I have yard sales and keep left over items in my open carport until the next sale, am I in violation?


Yes, you are in violation. The code does not allow storage in open areas regardless of use, as in this case would be a yard sale.

Question #5

I have building materials in my yard since some day I am going to build a shed. Am I in violation?


Yes, you are in violation. The code does not allow storage of building materials unless you have a current building permit. An exception to this would be if you have fence materials, which are allowed to be stored.

Question #6

I have trimmings from my trees and landscaping (organic debris), can I store this on my property?


Our code does not regulate organic debris, but other departments at the county do, so it would be recommended to remove in a timely manner or obtain a burn permit from Pinal County Air Quality.

Question #7

I store my garbage and trash in my backyard and take to a landfill every month or so, am I in violation?


Yes, you are in violation. The code does not allow open storage of trash or garbage. Dudleyville does have a weekly curb trash service which should be utilized. Please contact the county for information regarding trash services in your area.

There is a voucher program sponsored by Supervisor Pete Rios and information guide to free waste disposal in Eastern Pinal County. Please contact the District 1 office at 116 S. Catalina, Mammoth, for the information about the voucher program and brochure.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Mullenix

Code Compliance Officer (Dudleyville Area)

Office 520/866-7874

Cell 520-251-0588

Please visit our Code Compliance website at:

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