Monroe's Property Maintenance Code and Planning and Zoning Code promote a safe and healthy environment for all residents.   The Property Maintenance Code  provides maintenance standards for vacant land, occupied structures and unoccupied structures.  The Planning and Zoning Code guides the appropriate uses and structures within each zone of the City.

The City's approach to property maintenance review depends on its citizens.  When a citizen notifies the Development Department of a potential property maintenance violation, the Development Department staff investigates the complaint and documents the violation (if any).  The property owner, renter, and/or occupant of the property is notified of the violation by certified mail and given a specified amount of time to correct the violation.  If the violation is not corrected within the time frame, staff will follow up with the property owner as appropriate.       

Property Maintenance Hotline: (513) 539-4836

To report a potential violation, you may contact the Property Maintenance Hotline at any time.   Please provide a property address and indicated the potential violation.   Callers may remain anonymous.

Common Property Maintenance Topics

High Grass

Monroe's General Offenses Code Section 674.02 prohibits grass from being more than 8 inches high.  Upon receiving a property maintenance complaint, the City's Public Works department will visit the property and determine if the grass exceeds the height limitation.  The property owner may then be notified if the grass is too high and given a specified time frame in which to mow it.  If the property is not mowed within that time frame, the City's Public Works staff may mow the grass and assess the cost to the property owner.  The property owner may also be charged with a misdemeanor for failing to comply with the mowing notice.

 

Inoperative/Unlicensed Vehicles

Under Section 302.8 of the Property Maintenance Code, no inoperative or unlicensed vehicle shall be parked, kept, or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled.  Under Section 1270.11 of the Zoning Code, no parking is allowed in the front yard. 

 

If the inoperative/unlicensed vehicle is parked on the grass or driveway, it is a property maintenance concern and the Development Department will follow up with the property owner.  If the vehicle is parked on the street, the Police Department will follow up with the property owner.

 

RVs and Recreational Trailers

The term recreational vehicle includes travel trailers, motor homes, boats, snowmobiles, etc but does not include manufactured or mobile homes.  Under Zoning Code Section 1211.03, a combined total of two recreational vehicles and/or trailers may be parked or stored outdoors on each individual residential lot that contains and inhabited dwelling under the following conditions:


1. On a year round basis: One recreational vehicle and/or trailer is permitted to be stored in one of the side yards, provided that no recreational vehicle or trailer is stored in any other side yard.

 

2. From one week before Memorial Day through one week after Labor Day: One of the recreational vehicles and/or trailers is permitted in the front yard on the driveway serving the dwelling, provided that the vehicle and/or trailer does not encroach upon the sidewalk.

 

3. Recreational vehicles and/or trailers may also be stored in the rear yard.

 

4. Independent of the timing restrictions above, a recreational vehicle belonging to visitors of a resident may be permitted to park in the front yard driveway for a period not to exceed 10 days, provided that this recreational vehicle is the only one parked in the front yard.

 

The recreational vehicles and/or trailers cannot operate as living quarters or business locations while they are parked/stored.  Additionally, fixed connections to water, electric, gas, or sanitary facilities are not permitted. 

 

The wheels of the recreational vehicle/trailer and/or transportating device (e.g. the boat trailer) shall not be removed, nor shall any such vehicle be temporarily or permanently affixed to the ground or attached to something having a temporary or permanent location on the ground.