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Leavenworth, KS 66048
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Code Enforcement

The City of Leavenworth Planning and Zoning Office is responsible for overseeing that residents in the city comply with the current housing and property maintenance codes.  A monthly report is available online that allows you to see the number of violations for the month and yearly total.  This report tracks the type of violations and percentage of violations reported for rental or owner-occupied structures. The City of Leavenworth has three full-time code enforcement officers.
 

Contact the Code Enforcement Office or Report a Violation online:

 
What are the most common code violations? 
These are guidelines only. For actual regulations, see the Leavenworth Municipal Code or the Property Maintenance Code. 
 
Yard Maintenance
Grass and weeds must be kept shorter than 12-inches. All ground covers and vines shall be maintained to discourage undesirable creatures. Any noxious weeds are to be removed. Owners/occupants of properties abutting sidewalks, streets or public property shall maintain all vegetation so it does not interfere with travel or sight. Special care should be taken at intersections.  Approximately 30% of overall code violations stem from weeds and tall grass violations. The City approved a regulation that allows the City to charge an additional $100 administration penalty per parcel of private land mowed; this is charged per mowing in addition to the cost of mowing.
 
Vehicles
All vehicles must be operable and legally licensed or stored in an enclosed structure. All cars not enclosed must be parked in an approved driveway or parking area. Vehicles may not be parked on any lawn/ yard area. All vehicle parking spaces shall be paved. Gravel is not allowed.
 
RVs, Boats, Trailers
The storage and parking of major recreational equipment such as boats, boat trailers, pickup campers or coaches, camping buses or converted trucks and tent trailers shall be allowed in the front and side yard between April 1 and October 31.  A maximum of two (2) such recreational vehicles may be stored in the front or side yard of a property at any time.  Any recreational vehicles stored in the front or side yard shall be located a minimum of 10' from the curb or edge of any street, and a minimum of 2' from any interior side lot line and shall not block any sidewalk.  Recreational vehicles may be stored or parked in the rear yard.  All recreational vehicles must be stored or parked on a paved or aggregate block surface.
Between November 1 and March 31, the storage and parking of major recreational vehicles shall be prohibited in the front and side yard for a period in excess of 72 hours per month but may be stored or parked in a rear yard on a paved or aggregate block surface.
 
Garbage & Trash
Refuse, rubbish, garbage, and household trash cannot be left in the yard and must be disposed of properly. This includes auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, tires, cardboard, plastics, or any other collected materials. Tree trimming and fallen limbs must be disposed of within a week. Residential trash cannot be place curbside until the evening prior to scheduled pickup. It is unlawful to burn garbage within the city.  For more information on trash service, please contact the Service Center at 682-0650.
 
Special Pick Ups
The City of Leavenworth Solid Waste Division will pick up most furniture items, TV's, mattresses and box springs with the regular trash. The City also offers residents the opportunity to dispose of large metal items such as appliances, metal desks and miscellaneous heavy metal items on Fridays. To schedule pick-up, please call the Service Center at (913) 682-0650 no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday for pick up on Friday.

On the first Saturday of each month, the City of Leavenworth offers "FREE First Saturdays Dump Days." This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to utilize the City's Solid Waste Services for no charge. The Brush Site is located at 1803 S. Second Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On "FREE First Saturdays Dump Days" dumpsters are provided for residents at the north entrance of the Municipal Service Center, 790 Thornton, one block east of 10th Avenue on Pennsylvania and then south on Lawrence Avenue 1 block to gate. City residents can drop off materials such as large appliances, furniture, trash, and tires between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On "FREE First Saturdays Dump Days," the Recycling Center at Lawrence Avenue & Halderman is open normal hours (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) for drop-off of recyclable items.

Open Storage
Property may not be parked, stored, or left inoperable in view of the public or neighboring properties. This includes abandoned, discarded or unused objects or equipment such as automobiles, furniture, appliances, cans or containers, construction materials, junk, trash, or other debris.
 
Building Maintenance
The maintenance of a structure is the responsibility of the property owner. Exterior surfaces, including out buildings, fences, and attached structures, must be maintained free of breaks, holes, rotten wood, chipped and peeling paint, broken windows or doors, rust, or any other condition which violates health, fire, building or zoning codes, or other regulations.
 
Fences
All fences require a permit before being built. Electric and barbed wire fences are prohibited. Only 4-foot, see-through fences are permitted in front of the house. Six-foot, solid fences may be permitted on the sides and rear of a house. No fences are allowed on public property.
 
Signs
All commercial signs require a permit before being installed. Each residence may have a single identification sign not to exceed two-square feet on each side. Real estate sale signs shall be kept behind the sidewalk. No sale signs are permitted off site.