Abandoned (Inoperable) Vehicles
All vehicles in the city limits must have a current tag and be operable (including inflated tires), otherwise they must be stored in an enclosed structure. Car covers are not an acceptable alternative. (Section 40.00)
Airtight Containers Accessible to Children
It is unlawful to have a refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, stove or other appliance or container with an interior storage area of more than 1-1/2 cubic feet of clear space and having airtight doors, which when closed cannot be opened from the inside, to remain on the property. They are considered an attractive nuisance to children. The doors must be removed from the appliance, locked from the outside, or removed from the property. Call Waste Management for a special pickup at (727) 572-8779. Do not place the item at the curb sooner than 12 hours prior to pickup.
For public safety reasons, all address numbers must be easily visible from the street that they face. Numbers for residences must be 3" high, in a contrast color, and be affixed to the mailbox and to the building. Numbers for businesses must be 5" high. (Section 150.00; Pinellas County Code section 22-134)
Barking dogs: please call the Police Department at (727) 937-6151. Stray Dogs: please call Pinellas County Animal Control at (727) 582-2600. All other complaints, call Code Enforcement.
Boats and Other Recreational Vehicles
Boats and other recreational vehicles must be parked on a driveway or circular driveway. They cannot overhang a sidewalk, public right of way or street. They may be parked in an interior side yard, as long as they are not closer than 2 feet to the side lot line. They may also be parked in the rear yard. The grass located under the vehicle must be trimmed to the same height as the rest of the lawn. They cannot be stored on drums, barrels, concrete blocks, lumber or similar devices. They cannot be used for sleeping, living, or household uses except within an approved recreational vehicle park. Repair is limited to minor maintenance. They may not be used for storage of goods, products or merchandise. (Section 42.00) Commercial Vehicles No commercial vehicle with a gross weight rating in excess of 12,550 pounds is permitted to park in any residential district, except when actively involved in loading or unloading. Trailers in excess of 16' are not allowed in residential district, except when actively involved in loading and unloading. Any trailer over 16' may be kept in a completely enclosed garage or a side or rear yard surrounded by a 6' high opaque fence maintained in sound condition. (Section 41.00)
Installation of fences requires a building permit, including the replacement of fences. All fences, walls, and hedges must be maintained in a safe condition and shall not be allowed to become dilapidated. (Section 36.03). Please call the Development Services Department at (727) 942-5617.
Garage sales require a permit, and cannot be held more than twice a year. You are only allowed one sign, placed on the property the sale is occurring. No other signs are allowed to be posted within the city limits. (Section 11-20)
Grass, Overgrowth, and Trees
Grass must be maintained less than 12" and may not extend out more than 4" over a sidewalk, curb, or edge of pavement. For trees, a height of 10' is required over all sidewalks and a height of 13-1/2' is required over all streets to allow for emergency vehicles and garbage trucks. Each property owner is required to maintain all adjacent City owned rights of way, including the maintenance of trees. Yard debris must be cut into 4' sections, bundled and tied and placed at the curb for pickup. (Section 8-52)
To report noise violations, please call the Tarpon Springs Police Department at (727) 937-6151.
Any business operating out of the city must obtain an occupational license from the city. Call the Building Department at 942-5617 to obtain one, this includes operating a business out of a private residence. (Section 11-1).
Roll-off Containers & Dumpsters
All roll-off containers and dumpsters must be contracted through Waste Management, per the City's contract with Waste Management. (Section 8-13) Please call the Utility Department at (727) 942-5609.
Pre-collection Practices and Garbage Collection
Garbage cans must be placed at the curb no sooner than 12 hours prior to the scheduled pick up, and the empty cans must be removed from the curb no later than 12 hours after pickup. Garbage cans must have tight fitting lids and stored out of public view. It is unlawful to permit debris, trash, yard or tree waste or any kind of rubbish to accumulate on private property. It is unlawful to throw trash or waste onto the city streets or gutters or onto the property of another. (Sections 8-16, 8-22, 8-23, & 8-24)
Swimming Pools and Mosquito issues
Swimming pools must be kept clean and sanitary year round with functioning equipment in good repair. If the pool is at a vacant house it must have a secure covering consisting of wood and wire to ensure no one can fall into pool. (Section 8-50). Any swimming pool, as defined in the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, Chapter 515, Florida Statutes, which does not have a barrier or enclosure complying with the requirements of Chapter 515. (section 8-40; 8-41 & 9-1 referencing IPMC 303.1) )
No person owning, leasing, operating, occupying or having control of any premises within the city shall maintain, keep or permit any nuisance. (Section 8-40, and defined in 8-41)
No person shall permit the excessive growth or accumulation of weeds, undergrowth or other similar plant materials, or the accumulation of debris, upon property situated in the city. The provisions of 8-52(a) relating to weeds, undergrowth or similar plant material shall not apply to the following: Any lands which are over 10,000 square feet in area and in an undeveloped state; provided however, all lands within 30 feet of any roadway must be maintained in accordance with 8-52(a); and provided further that any lands adjacent to any improved property on the side or rear must be maintained to a depth of 15 feet on the side or rear, whichever is adjacent to improved property, in accordance with 8-52(a). For purposes of this provision, a property will be considered adjacent to any property when the properties are next to each other separated only by easement or right-of-way. )
Owners of private property are responsible for the maintenance of trees on their property and on abutting rights of way. Any tree with a DBH of 4" or more requires a permit for removal, including those trees that appear to be dead or diseased. Topping of trees is not allowed. There are very severe penalties for removing trees without a permit. (Section 133.20, 133.04). Please call the Development Services Department at (727) 942-5608.
Brazilian Pepper trees
A person may not sell, transport, collect, cultivate, or possess any plant, including any part or seed, of Brazilian Pepper trees and 4 other invasive varieties of trees. See F.S.S. 369.251 cited under city ordinance 12-1 for more information on what a Brazilian Pepper tree is and looks like and methods to remove it go to: plants.ifas.ufl.edu
Storage structures, outdoor shelters, sheds, bath houses, and similar structures shall not exceed 200 square feet in a residential district or 300 square feet in a non-residential district. No such structure shall be located closer than five feet to a side lot line or five feet to a rear lot line. A permit is required. (Section 36.01)
The city has a very restrictive sign ordinance. Please check with the Planning & Zoning Department BEFORE ordering or erecting a new sign. (727) 942-5611
In most cases, as permit is required to place, erect, construct or alter a sign.
Signs in the right of way
Signs cannot be placed on publicly owned land or on street's right or way. This also includes utility poles, street signs, bridges, etc. These signs will be confiscated by city personnel.
Includes pennants, balloons, on-site portable signs, off-site portable signs, roof signs, banners, vehicle and trailer signs. Please check the code for additional prohibited signs.
Garage Sale Signs
One sign is permitted on-site. It cannot be larger than 3 square feet, and cannot be higher than 4 feet. It must be removed promptly after the sale ends. Do not place garage sale signs on utility poles or street signs.
Open House Signs
Two (2) directional signs may be permitted between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm and only on the days when there is a scheduled open house of auction Each signs may not exceed 4 square feet area. The signs may be located within public right-of-way except along U.S. Highway 19, U.S. Alternate Highway 19 or S.R. 582 (Tarpon Avenue or Keystone Road). The signs must be removed immediately following the event
Please call the Building Department at (727) 942-5617 to report any unsafe building. Please call the Code Enforcement Division at (727) 937-0017 to report any code violations. Also Code Enforcement division can be reached via email at TarponCode@tspd.us