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Posted on: November 17, 2017

CITY CODES SPOTLIGHT - TEN CODES WORTH KNOWING

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Updated 2.9.18. The tenth (and final!) code spotlight pertains to uncontrolled vegetation.

Lawn mowing is required. Weeds, grasses and other controlled vegetation must be kept below 12 inches in height on all properties. If a property is in violation, the City can and will contract with a provider to mow the property and bill the property owner. Property owners are required to mow any area between their property line and the adjacent curb or street, including the ditch area. Easements on the property must also be maintained. Call Code Enforcement with questions – 913-727-5488.


Updated 2.2.18. The ninth code spotlight focuses on trash containers and collection.

Trash shall be collected not less than once weekly at all properties. Containers, cardboard, recyclable bags and limb bundles may be placed at the curb the night before scheduled pick-up day. For large items, please use the Leavenworth County Transfer Station, or call Waste Management/Deffenbaugh at 913-631-3300 for a special pickup. If you have a question or observe a problem regarding trash collection, contact Lansing City Hall at 913-727-3233.


Updated 1.26.18. The eighth code spotlight in our series focuses on inoperable vehicles.

The outside storage of inoperable vehicles is not allowed. All vehicles must be operable and have current licensing attached. For more information, call Code Enforcement at 913-727-5488.


Updated 1.19.18. Our seventh code spotlight pertains to parking Boats, RV's, Trailers and Campers.

These larger vehicles may be stored outside if they are located behind the front building line. Motorized RV’s need to be parked on a hard surface. Section 15-306 states that RV’s, Campers, Boats, and trailers can not be parked on the roadway for more than seven (7) consecutive days. Slight movement of the vehicle does not mean that clock starts over. The City recommends parking these items in the driveway or other paved areas, thus avoiding being woken up in the early morning hours to move these vehicles during the winter. This is essential when snow crews are out and have to go around one of these vehicles. It hampers the ability of crews to properly clear the roads. Call the Code Enforcement Officer at 913-727-5488 with questions.


Updated 1.12.18. Here's our sixth code spotlight: outdoor storage.

Most household items cannot be stored outside. Some items allowed outside without restrictions are lawn furniture, barbecue grills and kids toys. Some other items may be stored outside such as trash cans, boats, trailers, campers and firewood, but there are restrictions associated with the placement of those items. Call Code Enforcement Officer Richard Fairbanks at 913-727-5488 with questions.


Updated 1.5.18. Our fifth city code spotlight focuses on tree maintenance.

Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of trees on their property and adjacent right-of-way areas. Diseased or dying trees, along with fallen tree limbs, must be removed from the property in a timely manner. These limbs and associated debris can be a safety hazard and legal liability.

If you are planning to replace or add trees on your property, be aware there are specific regulations governing planting trees or placing structures in right-of-way areas and easements. This information can be obtained by calling the Community & Economic Development Department at 913-727-5488.


Updated 12.15.17. The fourth city code spotlight is on unauthorized parking in residential districts.

In general, it is unlawful to park a motor vehicle on an unpaved portion of a residential property. It is also unlawful to store or leave an inoperable motor vehicle on any private property in Lansing. Citations can be issued in these cases. Please refer to Lansing City Codes Chapter 8, sections 309 and 312 for specifics.


Updated 12.8.17. Our third code spotlight focuses on permits for work around the home.

All fences are subject to various rules and regulations according to the City Code. Many fences, home repairs and alterations require a building permit. Any work in the right-of-way must be approved also. Contractors that perform this work must be licensed with the city of Lansing. Please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 913-727-5488 before performing or contracting out any work.


Updated 12.1.17. The second code in our spotlight is clearing snow and ice from sidewalks.

Lansing city code states property owners must treat for ice, or clear for snow their sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a winter storm. School routes and main travel routes will receive code enforcement's highest priority. Property owners can be held legally responsible should someone slip and fall because sidewalks have not been properly cleared or treated in a timely manner. It is strongly suggested to clear areas by the curb, if possible, until after the City has cleared the adjacent street. Please be aware: it is illegal for property owners or contractors to push snow into streets. Residents can use a Fix-It Form on the city website or contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 913-727-2400 if a sidewalk remains snow or ice-laden well after the storm.


11.17.17. Our first code spotlight is an easy one, but a very important one: House Numbers.

Clearly posted house numbers can save precious time should an emergency occur. Can life-saving personnel find you? All houses and buildings must display street address numbers in an area easily readable from the street. The numbers must be at least four inches in height and in a contrasting color from your house – see our examples. Also, trees and shrubbery can cover numbers if not properly maintained. Be sure to keep your numbers clearly visible throughout the year.

Questions? Call 913-727-5488 or 727-2400.

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