CODE ENFORCEMENT

MADISONVILLE CODE ENFORCEMENT

Don Grooms

Madisonville City Hall
210 West Cottonwood
Madisonville, TX 77864

Phone: 936-245-7138
Fax: 936-348-3815

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CODE REGULATIONS

Code Enforcement carries out the codes and regulations protecting the environment and quality of life. Concerned citizens who take good care of their property and notify the city of code violations help:

•  Maintain neighborhood desirability
•  Reduce vandalism
•  Prevent fire, health and safety hazards
•  Encourage continued development

 

CODE VIOLATIONS

The City of Madisonville has adopted several city ordinances designed to reduce nuisances associated with the following particular code violations: care of premises, graffiti, high weeds and grass, litter, trash and debris, junked vehicles, dangerous buildings and vehicle parking in residential areas as defined in Chapter 18 of the Madisonville city ordinances.

CARE OF PREMISES

When conditions within a property are visible from a public right-of-way and tend to reduce the visual appeal of the property, a possible unsightly or objectionable conditions exists. This condition may be any object or matter such as appliances, building materials, dead trees, limbs, brush, household items, rubbish, tires, vehicles or similar items that are openly stored or abandoned and must be removed. To report violations or for specific information about each of these code violations, please call 936-348-2748.

 

DANGEROUS BUILDINGS

All buildings or structures must meet the minimum standards of city building codes and ordinances. Any building or structure that is abandoned, unsecured, dilapidated, has structural damage or has substandard construction is a dangerous building and shall be repaired, demolished or removed. To report violations or for specific information about code violations, please call 936-348-2748.

 

HIGH WEEDS & GRASS

High weeds and grass are considered a violation when growth exceeds 12 inches in height. Properties that are more than two acres shall maintain a 50-foot wide strip adjacent to any public street, right-of-way or adjacent to any lot that is occupied by a residence or business. The owner and tenant are responsible for maintaining the property from any adjacent street curbs to the back of their property. Any alley or right-of-way adjacent to their property must also be maintained. To report violations or for specific information about each of these code violations, please call 936-348-2748.

LITTER, TRASH & DEBRIS

Accumulations of litter, trash and debris on private premises can be more than just unsightly. More importantly, by their presence, vermin-related and public health concerns coexist. Such accumulations must be removed by the property owner. To report violations or for specific information about each of these code violations, please call 936-348-2748.

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Frequently Asked Questions

OFTEN ASKED TO CODE ENFORCEMENT

How many letters are sent for a code violation?

One courtesy letter is sent a year per violation per property. If the issue is not resolved within the stated time frame, citations may be issued without further notice.

Can I get more time than what is stated in the courtesy letter to take care of the violation?

In some cases, yes. You will need to speak with the Code Officer who sent you the letter. They can be contacted at the phone number listed on the letter or call the City Hall.


I received a letter for rubbish and trash-but, I did not put it there. Am I still responsible?

YES. A property owner is responsible for any violations on their property.

I have tenants living on a property that I own. Can I get a fine for their violation of an ordinance?

YES. If the city water is active in the tenant’s name, they will receive the same letter as the owner and the tenant will be responsible for any citations.  However, if the city water is active in the property owner’s name or is inactive, citations may be issued to the owner.

Is there an ordinance against parking vehicles in the back yard?

NO. As long as the vehicles are operable and have current license. If the vehicle does not have a current license, it is considered by Texas Law to be abandoned and a nuisance.

If there is a vehicle on my property that does not belong to me, can I have the Code Enforcement remove the vehicle?

NO. You would need to contact a tow company to have the vehicles removed. If the vehicle is not removed in the stated time frame, the City may remove the vehicle and charge the owner of the property for monies incurred.

Is a property owner responsible for mowing the ditch in front of my property?

YES. Each property owner is responsible for keeping the grass mowed from the edge of the roadway, in front of or beside of the property, to the back of the property line. (Not just from the property line in front)

Can the Code Enforcement tell my neighbor to cut their tree limbs that are hanging over onto my property?

NO. That would be a civil matter between you and your neighbor.

Can Code Enforcement do anything about an abandoned or inoperable vehicle on the street?

YES. Contact City Hall and they will direct the Code Enforcement Officer to the location.

Does Code Enforcement handle complaints regarding basketball goals on the street?

YES. Contact City Hall and they will direct the Code Enforcement Officer to the location.