Q: What is a "Right of Way" and who owns it?
Rights of way are the area platted for public streets and utilities. The right of way associated with the street in front of your house is not technically owned by anyone. It is public land that is maintained by the respective jurisdiction. In the case of a City street, the City of Sunset Hills maintains this area and has jurisdiction over it that requires utilities and private entities to acquire excavation permits to maintain those services and associated improvements within those areas. We have a host of detailed Q&A on this subject linked here
Q: Junk Issues for Vehicle or Machinery Items
Sec. 16-41. Definitions.
(a) Person. Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or other organization of any kind.
(b) Vehicles. Any machine propelled by power other than human power designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, tractors, buggies and wagons, or any part thereof.
(c) Junk. Any metal, glass, paper, rags, wood, machinery, parts, cloth, or other waste or discarded material of any nature or substance whatsoever, or scrap or salvage materials.
(d) Street or highway. "Highway" shall mean every way or place open for vehicular travel by the public and regardless of whether it has been legally established by constituted authority or by user for the statutory period of time as a public highway. "Street or highway" shall mean every way or place open for vehicular travel by the public and regardless of whether it has been legally established by constituted authority or by user for the statutory period of time as a public highway.
(e) Property. Any land owned by the city or located within the city limits, not including streets and highways.
(f) Damaged or disabled vehicle. Any vehicle which is not licensed or improperly licensed with the State of Missouri; has been inoperable for more than seventy-two (72) hours or is in such a state of repair as to be inoperable, except those on the premises of duly licensed automobile repair or sales business; or in a duly licensed automobile junking yard. (Ord. No. 486, § 2, 10-3-1972; Ord. No. 607, § 1, 7-6-1976)
Sec. 16-42. Damaged or disabled vehicles and junk declared nuisance.
Any damaged or disabled vehicle, part thereof, or junk, located on any property, street, or highway which presents a hazard to children, or harbors tall grass, weeds, or other vegetation, or creates a fire hazard, or affords a breeding place or nesting place for mosquitoes, flies, rodents, rats, or other vermin; or any vehicle, part thereof, or junk, allowed to remain unmoved on any street or highway for seventy-two (72) hours, is a public nuisance.
The unsheltered storage of old, unused, stripped, junked, and other automobiles, not in good and safe operating condition, and of any other vehicles, machinery, implements, and/or equipment and personal property of any kind which is no longer safely usable for the purpose for which it was manufactured, for a period of thirty (30) days, or more (except in licensed junkyards) within the corporate limits of the City of Sunset Hills is hereby declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public safety.
(Ord. No. 486, § 3, 10-3-1972; Ord. No. 504, § 6, 5-1-1973)
Sec. 16-43. Unlawful to maintain such nuisance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to create or maintain a nuisance as defined in section 16-42.
(Ord. No. 486, § 4, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-44. Notice to remove; contents.
Whenever the chief of police or his duly authorized representative determines that any vehicle or junk is a nuisance as defined herein, he shall cause written notice to be served upon the owner of the vehicle or junk, if he can be located, or the person in custody of such vehicles or junk, by registered mail or by personal service. The notice shall state that the vehicle or junk is deemed to be a nuisance within the provisions of section 16-42 hereof, and shall briefly state facts deemed to constitute such vehicle or junk a nuisance within the terms of this article, and state that the nuisance shall be abated within seven (7) days from receipt of such notice.
(Ord. No. 486, § 5, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-45. Proceedings when owner or custodian cannot be located.
When the owner or custodian of any nuisance as defined in section 16-42 cannot be located by reasonable search, the notice shall be attached to the property, briefly stating facts deemed to constitute the property a nuisance and stating that the nuisance shall be abated within seven (7) days of the date notice was posted, or if the vehicle is on public property, within two (2) days of the date notice was posted.
(Ord. No. 486, § 6, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-46. Duty of the owner or custodian.
Any person receiving the notice provided for above shall comply with the provisions of the notice requiring abatement. Failure to comply with this provision is unlawful.
(Ord. No. 486, § 7, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-47. Disposition.
If not removed within the times specified in the notice, the vehicle or junk may be transported to a storage area by or at the direction of the chief of police or his duly authorized representative at the expense of the owner or person in custody thereof. It shall then be stored for a period of at least ninety (90) days, and the person entitled to possession thereof may redeem the property by payment to the city of the actual cost of its removal and a reasonable storage fee. If the vehicle or junk is unredeemed after the expiration of the ninety (90) day period, the chief of police may sell it to the highest bidder or, if it has no sale value, may otherwise dispose of it. Any money received from disposal of any vehicle or junk shall be applied to the expenses charged to the owner or person in charge thereof.
(Ord. No. 486, § 8, 10-3-1972; Ord. No. 504, § 7, 5-1-1973)
Sec. 16-48. Notice of sale.
Prior to the sale of any such property, the chief of police shall cause to be published in the city's newsletter and in the city hall and place of storage, a notice of sale stating:
(a) That the city is selling abandoned property;
(b) The color, make, year, motor number, and serial number, if available, and any other information necessary for an accurate identification of the property;
(c) The terms of the sale;
(d) The date, time, and place of the sale.
This notice shall be published not less than ten (10) or more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the sale.
(Ord. No. 486, § 9, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-49. Entry onto private property.
The chief of police or his duly authorized representative may enter upon private property for inspection or for the purpose of removing any vehicle or junk in accordance with this article. If any person refuses to allow entry onto his private property, the chief of police may obtain a warrant from the proper official and proceed in accordance therewith.
(Ord. No. 486, § 10, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-50. Penalty.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Each day of violation shall be deemed a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 486, § 11, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-51. Severability.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this article is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holdings shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof.
(Ord. No. 486, § 12, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 16-52. Conflict resolved.
Nothing in this article shall be construed to conflict or repeal any provisions of any applicable zoning ordinance or other code or regulation of the city prohibiting the abandonment of vehicles or the storage or maintenance of partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicles on any property within the city.
(Ord. No. 486, § 13, 10-3-1972)
Sec. 6-1. Animals, fowl running at large.
It shall be unlawful for any person, owning or having charge of any animals, which shall include but not be limited to horses, mules, jennets, bulls, cows, sheep, dogs, cats, hogs or goats, or chickens or geese, or any domesticated or wild fowl of any kind, to allow the same to run at large within the corporate limits of the city.
(Ord. No. 258, § 46, 11-5-1963; Ord. No. 509, § 1, 6-5-1973)
State law references: Authority of city to prohibit the running at large of animals, fowl, RSMo 79.400(2).
Sec. 6-2. Animals, fowl in human dwellings.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any livestock, which shall include but not be limited to, horses, mules, jennets, donkeys, bulls, cows, calves, sheep, hogs, pigs, goats or domestic fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within the city.
(Ord. No. 258, § 48, 11-5-1963)
Sec. 6-3. Cruelty to animals.
Except where otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to overdrive, overload, ill-treat, torture, abandon, cruelly beat or kill any dumb animal within the city limits.
State law references: Animal abuse, RSMo 578.012.
Sec. 6-4. Noises or nauseous odors emanating from animals.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, chicken, goose or any domesticated or wild animal or fowl of any kind, even though the same may be kept penned and confined within the city, to allow or permit the same to give forth or cause any loud or unusual noise or noises or to cause any ill-smelling, nauseous or obnoxious odors; provided that if such person owning or having charge of any such beast or fowl, so causing or creating any such noise or odor, shall cure, remedy and entirely alleviate such odor or noise within ten (10) days after the service of a notice served upon him by any member of the police department of the city, then, in that event no punishment shall be assessed or imposed against such person; but if such odor or noise is not cured, remedied and entirely alleviated within ten (10) days after the service of such notice, then such person shall be deemed guilty of an offense and each day such noise or odor exists after the expiration of ten (10) days from the service of such notice shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 258, § 47, 11-5-1963)
Sec. 6-5. Defecating on public property unlawful; removal.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to permit or allow such animal to defecate upon any public property unless such person shall remove immediately all feces so deposited by such animal.
(Ord. No. 1195, § 1, 10-24-1996)
Q: Weed Issues
Sec. 27-11. Defined.
As used in this article, the term "noxious growths" shall include Russian thistle, Canadian thistle, common thistle, wild lettuce, wild mustard, wild parsley, ragweed, milkweed, ironweed, poisonous plants and shrubs and all other weeds and vegetation which have attained a height of twelve (12) inches or more.
(Ord. No. 392, § 2, 10-7-1969)
Sec. 27-12. Declared public nuisance.
All noxious growths upon any property within the city are hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
(Ord. No. 392, § 2, 10-7-1969)
Cross references: Public nuisances generally, § 13-1.
Sec. 27-13. Duty of owner, occupant of premises to destroy and remove.
It shall be the duty of every owner, occupant or person in control of any property within the city to destroy all noxious growths thereon by spraying the same with a chemical compound approved by the city engineer, or his duly authorized agent, or by cutting, or digging under, or any other method approved by the city engineer or his duly authorized agent and, upon destruction, to remove the same from said property.
(Ord. No. 392, §§ 3, 4, 10-7-1969)
Sec. 27-14. Procedures relative to abatement and removal adopted.
The city hereby adopts the provisions and procedures set out in RSMo 71.285 relative to weed abatement and the removal of noxious growths and vegetation.
(Ord. No. 1089, § 1, 11-9-93)
Editor's note: Ord. No. 1089, § 1, adopted Nov. 9, 1993, repealed former sections 27-14--27-17 in their entirety and enacted new provisions as set out hereinabove. Former sections 27-14--27-17 respectively pertained to notice of violations; destruction of noxious growths by the city; special tax bills; and right of entry. These former sections derived from Ord. No. 392, §§ 5--7, 9, adopted Oct. 7, 1969.
Secs. 27-15--27-17. Reserved.
Note: See editor's note, section 27-14.
Sec. 27-18. Compliance with provisions.
Any owner, occupant or person in control of any property within the city who fails to comply with any provision of this article, including the failure to comply with the notice provided for in section 27-14 shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in section 1-8 of this Code.
(Ord. No. 392, § 8, 10-7-1969)
Q: Sewage Issues
Sec. 23-56. Discharge of sewage, wastes.
(a) No sewage, human excrement, industrial waste or other material shall be discharged into any sewer, storm water sewer or drain, unless it conforms to the standards and requirements of this chapter and any rule or regulation adopted thereunder.
(b) No sewage, human excrement, industrial waste or other material shall be discharged, deposited or permitted to flow on, in or under the surface of the ground or into any surface water or groundwater flowing through, in or bordering the city unless such disposal or condition of sewage, human excrement or industrial waste meets the standards and requirements of this chapter or any rule or regulation adopted thereunder.
(Ord. No. 30, § 7, 8-14-1957)
Q: Junk Issues For General Matter Laying Around the Premises
Sec. 13-1. Public nuisances.
(a) Any act done or suffered to be permitted by any person upon his property, or any substance or thing kept or maintained, placed or thrown on or upon any public or private place, which is injurious to the public health, or any pursuit followed or act done by any person to the injury or danger of the public, is defined and declared to be a public nuisance.
(b) Any person allowing, keeping or causing a public nuisance shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and costs, or by imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(c) Irrespective of the penalty provided in subsection (b) of this section, whenever any public nuisance is reported to exist, the board of aldermen shall notify the person causing or maintaining the same, or the occupant of the property on which the same exists, to forthwith remove the same. If said person fails to forthwith remove the same within a reasonable time from the time of said notice, the board of aldermen shall cause the same to be promptly removed and abated and thereafter make demand on said person for the expense incurred in such removal.
(Ord. No. 258, § 32, 11-5-1963; Ord. No. 1434, § 1, 3-13-2001)
Cross references: Noxious weeds declared public nuisance, § 27-12.
State law references: Authority of city to pass ordinances for the prevention of nuisances and their abatement, RSMo 79.370.
Sec. 13-2. Storage of materials creating health and/or safety nuisance.
Any person who shall place, throw, burn or store any of the following in/on any street, sidewalk, alley, lot or private dwelling within the city in a manner which endangers public health or safety shall be deemed guilty of an offense and each day that the same are so placed, thrown, burned or stored in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense. These items comprise but are not limited to: stagnant pools/discharge of foul or putrid water, dead animals/animal wastes, nonfunctional vehicles, trailers, recreational vehicles, boats, sleds, and other vehicles of all types, tires, brush, rubbish, garbage, trash or other waste, lumber, firewood, coal, glass, rock, metal, rubber, plastics, chemical or other materials.
(Ord. No. 1047, § 1, 6-2-1992)
Sec. 13-3. Abatement of nuisances, duty of public works department. It shall be the responsibility of the public works department to oversee the `in-general' condition of the city, and to receive, record and investigate any and all complaints or information from any source in regard to alleged violations of this article. Upon completion of the investigation, the public works department will make a determination as to whether or not a health and/or safety nuisance exists. Should it be judged that such a nuisance does exist, the city engineer or his designee shall institute appropriate action, up to and including prosecution, to insure that such nuisance is suppressed and/or abated. In the abatement of said nuisances, the public works department may request the assistance of the police department if required and it shall be its duty to render whatever assistance is necessary.
(Ord. No. 1047, § 1, 6-2-1992)
Sec. 13-4. Notice to offender(s).
(a) The public works department, in the process of abating or attempting to remove any nuisance, shall first notify in writing the offending property owner(s), tenant(s), lessee(s) or occupant(s), or their agent, employee or manager, having charge of, doing business in or on any property or premises on which the nuisance exists, instructing them to abate, discontinue or remove said nuisance. The notice shall be served by a representative of the public works department in the same manner as writs or summons are served in civil suits. If the offender cannot be served within the city, notice shall be given by posting it upon the premises in question and in four (4) other public places in the city, and if a record exists of the last address of the owner, tenant, lessee, or occupant or his agent, employee or manager having charge of or doing business in or on the premises or property on which the nuisance exists, the public works department shall, in addition, mail such notice to said person, and the board of aldermen may order any further notices as deemed necessary or property.
(b) If the specified nuisance is not discontinued, abated or removed within five (5) days after the service of notice or after the publication of notice, the public works department may proceed to remove or abate the nuisance.
(Ord. No. 1047, § 1, 6-2-1992)
Sec. 13-5. Cost of abatement of nuisances.
Whenever the city abates a nuisance, the public works department will maintain records of all costs of abating or removing the nuisance. The total of these costs are to be submitted to the board of aldermen for determination of levy or assessment and that amount shall be treated as a special tax bill against the property involved in the same manner and subject to the same penalties and conditions as tax bills issued by law for public improvements.
(Ord. No. 1047, § 1, 6-2-1992)
Sec. 13-6. Civil action for the abatement of nuisances.
(a) In the event the city determines that a nuisance has been created by the accumulation of unsightly, dangerous, or noxious personal property within the borders of such city, the board of aldermen may direct the city attorney to file a civil cause of action for abatement of such nuisance.
(b) Upon the successful prosecution of such cause of action, the city shall seek and may be awarded reasonable attorney's fees incurred in the prosecution of such action.
(Ord. No. 1090, §§ 1, 2, 11-9-1993)
Editor's note: Nonamendatory Ord. No. 1090, §§ 2, 3, adopted Nov. 9, 1993, has been included herein as a new section 13-6 at the discretion of the editor.
Sec. 13-7. Reporting of environmental hazards.
Any person, firm, corporation or organization who under any and all state and federal authorities becomes obligated to report an environmental hazard must report such information to the city clerk within twenty-four (24) hours of making any such report by sending the city clerk by mail, a copy of any and all documents used to report such event and/or a letter setting forth the contents of any and all such oral communications.
(Ord. No. 1136, § 1, 10-11-1994)
Editor's note: Nonamendatory Ord. No. 1136, § 1, adopted Oct. 11, 1994, has been included herein as Section 13-7 at the discretion of the editor.
Q: Home Maintenance
Sec. 7-133. General safety and maintenance requirements.
No person shall occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy any dwelling or dwelling unit for the purpose of living therein which does not comply with the following requirements:
(1) Every dwelling unit shall be clean, sanitary and fit for human occupancy.
(2) Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling and roof shall be structurally sound, reasonably weathertight, watertight, and rodentproof; shall be capable of affording privacy and shall be kept in good repair.
(3) Every window, exterior door and basement hatchway shall be reasonably weathertight, watertight and rodentproof, and shall be kept in satisfactory working condition and in good repair.
(4) Every inside and outside stair, porch and appurtenance thereto shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon, and shall be kept in satisfactory condition and good repair.
(5) Every plumbing fixture, water and waste pipe and sanitary sewerage facility shall be properly installed and maintained in good sanitary working condition.
(6) Gutters, downspouts and other storm drainage facilities shall be properly installed and maintained in good working condition.
(7) Every water closet compartment floor surface and bathroom floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be reasonably impervious to water so as to be kept in a clean, sanitary and dry condition.
(8) All equipment (including smoke detectors) and their appropriate supply systems, including gas, electricity, oil, water, wood or coal, shall be so constructed or installed that they will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition.
(9) All stoves and fireplaces shall be so constructed or installed that they will be function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition.
(10) Any auxiliary structures, such as sheds, barns, garages, fences, retaining walls or other outbuildings, shall be constructed properly and maintained in a safe working condition. Any outbuilding found so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested as to be a public nuisance shall be corrected or the structure removed.
(11) Any exterior painted surfaces, including fences, shall be finished. Surfaces which have peeled, scaled, deteriorated or failed to the extent of being unsightly shall be corrected.
(12) All trash, debris, weeds, abandoned vehicles or parts thereof shall be removed from the premises. In the case of new construction, landscaping shall be completed, and vegetation shall be established. If vegetation is not established, erosion control can be implemented with the approval of the city inspector. Occupancy can be granted via an occupancy agreement until the vegetation is established.
(13) All hard surface areas, including concrete, asphalt, brick or stone driveways and sidewalks, shall be free of large cracks, potholes and depressions.
Q: Pool Issues
Sec. 7-38. Protective barriers.
Every person owning land on which there is situated a private swimming pool which contains twenty-four (24) inches or more in depth at any point, shall erect and maintain thereon an adequate enclosure surrounding the property or pool area, sufficient to make such a body of water inaccessible to small children. Such enclosure, including gates therein, shall be not less than four (4) feet above the underlying ground; all gates shall be self-latching with latches placed four (4) feet above the underlying ground or otherwise made inaccessible from the outside to small children. A natural barrier, hedge, pool cover or other protective device approved by the building official may be used so long as the degree of protection afforded by the substitute device or structure is not less than the protection afforded by the enclosure, gate and latch described herein.
(Ord. No. 159, § 8, 6-7-1960)
Sec. 7-39. Cleanliness.
All visible dirt on the bottom of a pool shall be removed therefrom.
(Ord. No. 159, § 7, 6-7-1960)
Sec. 7-40. Abandoned, unused pools.
All abandoned pools and unused pools situated on residential premises which are not occupied or dwelt in for periods of thirty (30) days or more shall be drained or equipped with a swimming pool cover approved by the building official as being adequate to prevent accidental drownings.
(Ord. No. 159, § 8, 6-7-1960)
Q: Trash Issues
Sec. 12-1. Short title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Sunset Hills Refuse Control and Collection Ordinance."
(Ord. No. 346, § 1, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-2. Definitions.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
Garbage. The term "garbage" shall mean putrescible animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
Premises. The term "premises" shall mean in the case of improved ground, any building or portion thereof or, in the case of unimproved ground, each separate parcel or lot thereof.
Refuse. The term "refuse" shall mean all putrescible and nonputrescible solid waste except body waste, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles and solid market and industrial waste.
Rubbish. The term "rubbish" shall mean nonputrescible solid waste, excluding ashes, consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
Vehicle. The term "vehicle" shall mean every device in, upon or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn upon a highway.
(Ord. No. 346, § 2, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-3. Persons authorized to collect, dispose of garbage and rubbish.
All garbage and rubbish accumulated in the city on any premises shall be collected, removed, conveyed and disposed of only by the city or a person licensed by the city as a trash hauler or said licensee's employees at a State of Missouri permitted facility; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit the actual producers of refuse, or the owners of premises upon which refuse has accumulated, from personally collecting, conveying and disposing of such refuse in accordance with the applicable provisions of this chapter and any other applicable provision of this Code.
(Ord. No. 346, §§ 4, 5, 7-11-1967; Ord. No. 660, § 1, 2-7-1978)
Sec. 12-4. Refuse containers required.
Every owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of any premises where refuse is accumulated shall provide containers therefor.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-5. Container specifications; preparation of tree limbs for collection.
Residential solid waste shall be stored in containers of not more than thirty-five (35) gallons nor less than twenty (20) gallons in nominal capacity. Containers shall be leakproof, waterproof, and fitted with a fly-tight lid and shall be properly covered at all times except when depositing waste therein or removing the contents thereof. The containers shall have handles, bails or other suitable lifting devices or features, except as hereafter provided for. Containers shall be of a type originally manufactured for residential solid waste, with tapered sides for easy emptying. They shall be of light weight and sturdy construction. The weight of any individual container and contents shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds. Galvanized metal containers, rubber, fiberglass, or secured plastic trash bag containers which do not become brittle in cold weather may be used. Disposable solid waste containers with suitable frames or containers as approved by the city may also be used for storage of residential solid waste.
Commercial solid waste shall be stored in solid waste containers as approved by the city. The containers shall be waterproof, leakproof and shall be covered at all times except when depositing waste therein or removing the contents thereof; and shall meet all requirements as set forth herein.
Tree limbs less than four (4) inches in diameter and brush shall be securely tied in bundles not larger than forty-eight (48) inches long and eighteen (18) inches in diameter when not placed in storage containers. The weight of any individual bundle shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds.
Yard wastes shall be stored in containers so constructed and maintained as to prevent the dispersal of wastes placed therein upon the premises served, upon adjacent premises, or upon adjacent public right-of-way. The weight of any individual container and contents shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967; Ord. No. 660, § 2, 2-7-1978)
Sec. 12-6. Maintenance of refuse containers.
Every refuse container required by this article shall be maintained by the owner thereof in a neat and sanitary condition at all times.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-7. Deposit of refuse in containers.
Every owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of any premises within the city limits shall place the daily accumulations of refuse therefrom in a container of the type required by this article.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-8. Preparation of refuse for collection.
(a) Liquids. All garbage and rubbish shall be drained of any liquid before being deposited in refuse containers for collection.
(b) Trimmings and clippings. Tree trimmings, hedge clippings and similar materials shall be cut to a length not to exceed four (4) feet and securely tied in bundles not more than two (2) feet thick before being deposited for collection.
(c) Boxes and cartons. All boxes and cartons shall be collapsed before being placed for collection.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-9. Refuse to be disposed of outside of city.
All persons collecting refuse within the city shall dispose of the same outside of the city limits.
(Ord. No. 346, § 9, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-10. Contagious disease refuse.
The removal of wearing apparel, bedding or other refuse from homes and other places where highly infectious or contagious diseases have prevailed shall be performed under the supervision and direction of the director of public health and sanitation. Such refuse shall not be placed in refuse containers for collection by the city or persons licensed by the city as trash haulers.
(Ord. No. 346, § 9, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-11. Inflammable, explosive materials.
Highly inflammable or explosive materials shall not be placed in refuse containers for collection by the city or persons licensed by the city as trash haulers, but shall be disposed of as directed by the police chief at the expense of the owner or possessor thereof.
(Ord. No. 346, § 9, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-12. Accumulating refuse.
No person shall accumulate nor permit the accumulation of refuse upon premises owned, occupied or controlled by him beyond a time reasonably necessary for the collection and disposal thereof, but in no event shall such time exceed seven (7) days.
(Ord. No. 346, § 7, 7-11-1967)
Sec. 12-13. Littering.
No person within the city shall cast, place, throw, deposit or sweep any refuse upon any street, public place, private property, drainage channel, stream or other body of water, or permit the same to be done.
(Ord. No. 346, §§ 7, 8, 7-11-1967)
Q: Dumping materials on roads
Sec. 24-4. Dumping materials upon public places. No person shall dump, discharge, cast out or place any trash, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse, dirt, rocks, wood or any other foreign matter, substance or material upon any street, sidewalk, shoulder of a road or other public place within the city. (Ord. No. 258, § 31, 11-5-1963)
Q: RV & Trailer Parking Issues
Sec. 26-1. Definitions.
As used in this chapter the term "trailer" includes any vehicle used or maintained for use as a conveyance, whether moving under its own power or attached to and drawn by another motor vehicle, designed and constructed to permit occupancy for use as a emporary or permanent dwelling or sleeping quarters for one or more persons or user for other hauling purposes, and having no other foundation other than wheels, jacks or blocks.
As used in this chapter the term "camping and recreational equipment" is defined and shall include the following:
(a) A "travel trailer" is a vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, either expandable tent or "house" type, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses.
(b) A "pickup coach" is a structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pickup or truck chassis and with sufficient equipment to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses.
(c) A "motorized home" is a portable dwelling, designed, constructed or modified as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle for travel, recreational and vacation uses.
(d) A "boat trailer" is a vehicular portable structure designed to carry and support a boat of sufficient size to warrant the necessity of a trailer to transport it. For purposes of this chapter the definition includes the boat it is designed to transport.
(Ord. No. 464, §§ 2, 3, 1-11-1972)
Sec. 26-2. Limitation on parking upon streets, alleys, highways or other public places.
No person shall park any trailer or camping and recreational equipment upon any street, alley, highway or other public place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for a period of more than two (2) hours.
(Ord. No. 464, § 4, 1-11-1972)
Sec. 26-3. Provisions inapplicable to certain vehicles.
This chapter shall not apply to trailers parked for the purpose of resale by duly licensed and authorized dealers on the site where their business is located and licensed, nor shall it apply to a pickup coach as such is defined in section 26-1 hereof so long as such pickup coach is mounted upon an operable truck, nor shall it apply to any other type of self-propelled vehicle which is used primarily for the regular transportation of the owner's household.
(Ord. No. 464, § 5, 1-11-1972)
Sec. 26-4. Reserved.
Editor's note: Section 26-4, pertaining to special permits for the use of trailers upon private property as temporary office as living quarters, was repealed by Ord. No. 665, § 1, adopted June 6, 1978. Said section was derived from Ord. No. 479, § 1, enacted Aug. 1, 1972, and Ord. No. 550, § 1, enacted Sept. 3, 1974.
Sec. 26-5. Storing, parking generally; restrictions.
No person shall, except as hereinafter provided, store, park, use or occupy a trailer, camping or recreational equipment, on any parcel of land in the City of Sunset Hills, Missouri, nor shall a property owner or occupier except as hereinafter provided, authorize or permit any person to store, park, use or occupy a trailer, camping or recreational equipment on any parcel of land in the City of Sunset Hills, Missouri, provided however, that a trailer, camping or recreational equipment may be stored or parked while not being used or occupied if done in compliance with the following restrictions, to wit:
(a) At no time shall such parked or stored trailer, camping and recreational equipment be occupied or used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes.
(b) Such parked or stored trailer, camping and recreational equipment shall always be parked on a level stable area, with the wheels properly blocked and braked to prevent vehicle from becoming a hazard by rolling out of position or tipping over.
(c) If the trailer, camping or recreational equipment is parked or stored outside of a garage or carport, it shall be parked or stored to the rear of the front building line of the lot, or to the rear of the prolongated front wall line of the building, whichever line is farthest from the street, provided, however, that any trailer, camping or recreational equipment parked or stored on a corner lot shall be parked or stored on the side of the building most distant from the street.
(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (b), a trailer, camping and recreational equipment may be parked elsewhere on the premises for loading or unloading purposes provided the safety precautions specified in subparagraph (b), are complied with.
(e) That such trailer, camping or recreational equipment shall not be in excess of forty (40) feet in length nor twelve (12) feet in height.
(f) That such trailer be stored or parked in such a location or manner so as not to create a nuisance or hazard.
(Ord. No. 464, § 6, 1-11-1972; Ord. No. 1325, § 1, 6-9-1998)
Q: Fence regulations
5.14 Fence regulations.
5.14-1 Permit required: Except for fences approved under the conditional use permit procedure or planned development procedure, a permit issued by the zoning enforcement officer shall be required for the construction of a fence. Said permit shall be issued upon determination by the zoning enforcement officer that the proposed fence installation complies with the requirements of this Section.
5.14-2 Fence height and location:
(A) Residential districts:
1. Interior lots: Fences, having a height of not more than six (6) feet, are permitted in the rear yard and side yards, provided that a fence, greater than four (4) feet in height, that is located in a side yard shall not extend beyond either the established front face of the principal building on the lot or the principal building on an adjoining lot, whichever is closest to the street.
2. Corner lots: Fences, having a height of not more than six (6) feet, are permitted in the rear and side yards, provided that a fence, greater than four (4) feet in height, shall not extend beyond either the established front face (oriented to either street) of the principal building on the lot or the principal building on the adjoining lot, whichever is closest to the street.
3. Through lots: Fences, having a height of not more than six (6) feet, are permitted in the yard adjacent to the right-of-way that does not serve as the access to the lot and for all intents and purposes is used as the "rear" yard, provided that fences greater than three (3) feet in height shall not extend beyond the established front building line of a lot fronting onto such right-of-way and located within the same block, or the minimum front building setback line of such lot, if not developed.
4. Front yards: Fences, having a height of not more than four (4) feet, are permitted in front yards, provided that such fences shall be of non-sight barrier construction (e.g., post and rail fences). Such fences shall comply with the requirements of Section 5.16 of this Ordinance.
(B) Non-residential districts:
1. In any non-residential district, no fence shall exceed six (6) feet in height except as otherwise provided for in this ordinance.
2. In non-residential districts, fences are permitted in any yard, with the following limitations:
a. Except for the PD-LI district, fences in the front yard shall be limited to low masonry walls of architectural quality (brick, stone, or textured and pigmented concrete). The height of such fences shall not exceed four (4) feet in height except columns, that are integral to the fence design, may exceed four (4) feet.
1. Fence height in residential districts may be increased to eight (8) feet, pursuant to Section 5.13-2 of this ordinance.
2. Recreational courts may be bounded by a open (no slats) chain link fence up to ten (10) feet in height, provided that such fences be located at least twenty (20) feet from any abutting residential property. Such fences in any residential district shall be located within the rear yard.
3. Fences (or walls), used as a decorative feature and/or as a backdrop to an identification sign for a subdivision or planned development entrance, may exceed the above stated maximum heights, subject to the requirements and procedures of the city's sign regulations (see Appendix D, City of Sunset Hills Code of Ordinances).
5.14-3 Fence materials:
(A) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraph (B) below, fence material shall be that which is designed and intended for use in fence installations, including decorative masonry (e.g., brick, stone, or textured and pigmented concrete). Makeshift material such as 2" × 4" lumber and plywood is not permitted, except for temporary protective barriers on properties undergoing construction or demolition activities. All fences shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition and otherwise in a neat and clean appearance.
(B) Barbed or razor wire shall not constitute any part of a fence in any district, except as may be approved by board of aldermen in a PD-LI district.
5.14-4 Fences surrounding swimming pools: Swimming pools shall be completely surrounded with a protective barrier in accordance with Sunset Hills Building Code.
5.14-5 Fences at street intersections: Fences, at or near street intersections or access private drives, shall comply with Section 5-16 of this Ordinance.
Q: How many sets of plans are required for a building permit?
Six sets need to be submitted to City Hall. Five will be returned to you to take to St. Louis County along with a zoning letter. St. Louis County actually issues all permits and does all inspections.
Q: What is the start time for construction, heavy equipment or blasting?
According to Sec. 16-34 there are time restrictions on these issues, they are:
- Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 6:30 pm
- Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am until 5 pm
Q: How many dogs are allowed per household?
Two. The owner of three or more dogs, whether owned for pleasure or profit, breeding or exhibiting shall be deemed to be the operator of a dog kennel. Dog kennels are not a permitted use in a residential district. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog, whether properly tagged and certified by vaccination-registration or not to permit or allow such dog to run at large within the City limits.
Q: Are Home Occupations allowed?
Home Occupations shall be permitted as an accessory use to a residential use in any district subject to several requirements as outlined in the Code of Ordinances Section 5.7 A 1-7. There is a license requirement and home inspection before business can be allowed.
Q: What requires a building permit?
Anything that will alter the existing structure in any way and most accessory structures erected in your yard. Check with Public Works at 849-3400.
Q: Where can I address a Utility or Service Outage issue?
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servicing Sunset Hills.