What is Code Enforcement?

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  • Promotes the health, safety and welfare of all Littleton residents and businesses;
  • Directly impacts the quality of life, crime rate, and property values of our community;
  • City codes have been enacted by the city to help ensure attractive neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and a peaceful and enjoyable community for everyone.

What do the codes regulate?
Many subjects are regulated. Some of the most prevalent subjects are weeds, rubbish, derelict vehicles, oversized vehicles, major car repair, parking on front setbacks, parking on surfaced areas, trailers, garage sales, housing, home occupations and home-based businesses, signs, banners, and snow removal.
Code Enforcement & Property Maintenance

Is there a penalty for failure to comply to a code?
Typically, a Code Officer will issue a summons and complaint to appear in Littleton Municipal Court for non-compliance. If a summons is issued, the Littleton Municipal Court decides the guilt or innocence and sets any penalties. Penalties may reach as high as $2,650 and/or one year in jail for a code violation.

What other kinds of codes does the city of Littleton follow:
Other codes include: The International Fire Code, Littleton Zoning Code, International Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes, National Electric Code, Model Traffic Code and Littleton Municipal Codes. The Littleton Police Department enforces many of the city's traffic and municipal codes.

What about graffiti?
Call the Littleton Police Department at 303-794-1551 to report graffiti. Graffiti must be removed or painted over within 24 hours. Graffiti includes any unwanted paintings, markings, symbols, figures, etc. placed on your property by another party. If you see graffiti or vandalism in progress, call 911 immediately with the location and description of the participant. Prompt removal of graffiti helps to discourage further incidents of graffiti in a neighborhood.

Can I run a business out of my house?
The city of Littleton does regulate home occupations; however home-based businesses are prohibited. Certain home occupations are allowed but they are restricted to the interior of the principal structure, with no outside evidence that a business exists. There are also restrictions on signage and types of businesses. For information and application forms, contact the Littleton Zoning Office at 303-795-3748.

What are the rules regarding outdoor storage?
Items intended for outdoor use on a residential property such as a picnic table, a barbecue grill, or metal and plastic patio furniture are permitted. Children's toys and bicycles are also allowed to be kept outdoors.

Items intended for indoor use such as household appliances and upholstered furniture designed as bedroom, living room, or office furniture or as dining tables and chairs are not permitted to be stored outside an enclosed structure on residential property.

Tools, equipment, and other supplies utilized in automobile repair or construction are not permitted to be stored outside an enclosed structure on residential property. However, homeowners who have a valid and recent building permit are allowed to neatly store small quantities of required supplies during construction or remodeling.