Cottage Grove's Code Enforcement staff works with residents to ensure neighborhoods are clean, safe and healthy for the community to enjoy. Staff responds to questions and concerns and reacts appropriately to ensure the preservation of property values and prevent unsafe, unsanitary issues from infringing on the rights of others.
The full City Code can be read here.
Code Enforcement staff address questions and concerns of residents and local business owners regarding City ordinance guidelines and possible violations. Code violation cases are generated on a complaint basis. In all cases with code compliance, the City wants to work with you to achieve compliance with regulations.
Trash Container Storage
In order to keep neighborhoods looking beautiful and maintaining their value and integrity, the City Code requires keeping your trash containers stored in your garage or in an enclosure to shield them from public view.
All trash containers must be stored in an enclosed structure and remain completely out of public view at all times other than during trash collection. Trash containers may be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night prior to trash collection and must be stored away no later than 6:00 p.m. the night of trash collection. (Code Title 4-2-15)
Long Grass & Weeds
Grass over the height of eight (8) inches within the community serves as a public nuisance, dangerous, and unsightly to the public. Properties will be required to maintain their lawns in such a manner to keep from becoming a public nuisance. Properties left abandoned are required to be maintained by the responsible party.
It is unlawful for any owner, tenant, or occupant of land in the city to permit or maintain noxious or poisonous weeds or plants on such land. (City Title 4-3-1A)
It shall be unlawful to permit the growth of grass, weeds, brush, or other rank vegetation to height greater than eight (8) inches. (City Title 4-3-1B)
In residential districts, no more than a total of four (4) vehicles may be parked on a single lot outside of a building or accessory structure. A vehicle is defined as any self-propelled device in, or upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported. This includes but is not limited to cars, trucks, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, etc. A vehicle properly loaded on a trailer shall constitute a single vehicle. (Code Title 6-2-4C)
All vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, etc. must be parked on improved parking surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or brick pavers at all times if parked in front of the principle structure. If parked behind the front plane of the principle structure, class 5 or landscape rock is acceptable for an improved surface. (Code Title 11-3-9)
Commercial vehicle parking is restricted in residential areas. No Class l commercial vehicle may be parked in a residential district except while loading, or rendering a service. A Class l commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle exceeding an axle weights of five tons, or any of the following types of vehicles, regardless of axle weight: semitrailers, the tractor portion of semi-trucks, garbage trucks, tank trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tow trucks, cattle trucks, trucks carrying or designed to carry explosive or flammable materials, well drilling equipment, earth moving equipment, or school buses. (Code Title 6-2-4)
Parking of Class ll commercial vehicles in residential districts is restricted. No more than one Class ll commercial vehicle may be parked or stored on a property located in a residential district. Class ll commercial vehicles include all commercial vehicles other than Class l commercial vehicles including pickup trucks, vans, trailers, and recreational vehicles that are used for commercial purposes. (Code Title 6-2-4)
*All vehicles must be properly licensed and operable. (Code Title 6-2-4)
The presence of accumulating excessive materials and equipment creates an unsightly condition tending to decrease property values and create fire and safety hazards within neighborhoods. The storage of excess materials also attracts rodents and vermin and creates blight within the community. Accumulation and improper storage of such materials and equipment is a public nuisance and will be addressed in a serious manner.
All items must be stored in an enclosed structure such as a garage or shed at all times. (City Title 11-6-2)
Signs - Wall and Monument
Signs - Temporary
What is a Temporary Sign?
Any sign, banner, pennant, or advertising display intended to be displayed for a limited time period.
What are the regulations for temporary signs?
Temporary signs require a No Fee Permit that is filed with the City of Cottage Grove Code Enforcement Officer by filling out this Temporary Sign Application. The following rules apply to businesses regarding temporary signs: 1. Existing Business: A maximum of four (4) tempo-rary sign permits may be issued to each business per calendar year for up to fifteen (15) days each. All four (4) temporary sign permits can be combined into a single time period of sixty (60) days. The temporary sign must be in the form of a weather-proof banner no larger than thirty two (32) square feet in size attached to the principal structure. 2. New Business or Reopening of an Existing Business or Store Closing: One temporary sign permit per calendar year shall be issued for no more than fif-teen (15) days. 3. Removal after Expiration of Permit: On premises temporary signs must be removed within twenty four (24) hours after the expiration of the permit.
How do Potholes Form?
Potholes form when a paved surface becomes worn down by weather and traffic. First, moisture seeps into the pavement surface and freezes, which ex-pands the pavement. When this moisture melts, it creates a cavity under the surface of the pavement. As vehicles drive over this cavity, they begin to crack and loosen the pavement, creating the pothole.
Why is it important to repair potholes?
Paved areas that are not checked for potholes and promptly repaired may result in costly vehicle re-pairs. Potholes may also be detrimental to the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Properly maintained pavement around commercial buildings such as parking lots and driveways makes a good impression on visitors and facilitates better customer experiences.