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Land Use Violations:

To report a land use violation just dial the number below. Please describe the nature of the violation and the physical address or parcel number. You do not have to give your name if you wish to remain anonymous. The County does not actively patrol for violations and only investigates complaints it receives on the land use complaint hotline.

Yavapai County Land Use Hotline Number:  (928) 771-3464

 

A Summary of Land Use Violations and How to Report Them

 

What is a Land Use Violation?

 

Outside Storage

  • Vehicular parts
  • Appliances (unless in use)
  • Furniture not designed for outside use
  • Commercial equipment
  • Debris
  • Disabled or junk vehicles

Use Violations

  • Non-permitted businesses
  • Living in a travel trailer over 90 days a year
  • Multi-family in single family zones
  • Excessive lighting
  • Excessive livestock

Permit Violations

  • All new construction over $1,000.00 in value requires a zoning clearance
  • Structures not requiring a permit must still meet use and setback requirements
  • Work in Flood Plane requires permits
  • Most grading requires permits

Weeds and Trash

  • Excessive weeds causing a fire hazard may be addressed if the Fire Department of jurisdiction deems them a hazard

Other Violations

  • The Land Use Unit also handles the administrative abatement of failed septic systems, dangerous buildings, building code violations and flood control violations.

What is Not a Violation

  • Ugly or excessive vehicles
  • Barking dogs
  • Social nuisances or noisy activities
  • Violations of Deed Restrictions
  • Cars parked in Rights of Way
  • Weeds in ditches along Rights of Way

The Abatement Process

  • Complaint received and assigned to specialist
  • Property researched
  • Inspection performed
  • Violation verified (if applicable)
  • Property owner or occupant notifiedNotice of Violation served
  • Hearing scheduled
  • Determination by the Hearing Officer
  • Judgment generated
  • Compliance monitored
  • Appropriate referrals if warranted (Superior or Criminal Court)

Potential Penalties

  • Immediate administrative fine of $100.00
  • Typical fine of $750.00 if not in compliance with judgment within specified time frame
  • All fines are collected by either staff or collection agency
  • Judgment is recorded against property until resolved

How To Report A Land Use Violation

Reporting a possible land use violation is easy and only requires a call to the Yavapai County land use violation hot line, anonymously if you wish. To speed along the abatement process please provide a street address and parcel number. Most reported violations are investigated within ten days.

Yavapai County Land Use Hotline Number:
928-442-5458

 

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