Code Enforcement FAQ’s

What does the City consider to be weeds?

Tumbleweeds or severely overgrown grass are the most common and considered what is called a noxious weeds. It can create a fire hazard or create a breeding ground for rodents as well as being unsightly.

When can I burn tumbleweeds?

Typically, there is only a couple of time a year that burning weeds is prohibited.   Those periods of time are usually in March and September.  You would need to get a same-day burn permit from Washington County by calling (435)627-4949.  You can visit the website for the Santa Clara Fire Department for more information.   http://www.sccity.org/burn-window/

What is considered junk?

Junk is any type of material that has been discarded or no longer being used for its’ intended use.   Junk items are considered a nuisance.

What is a junk car?

Junk or inoperable cars refer to a vehicle that is not currently licensed, or is not worthy of being driven on the street (such as a project car).  It can be in a garage or similar enclosed building or behind a fence in the rear yard.

Who is responsible for cleaning a property?

The occupant is usually the person that needs to clean the property of a nuisance, but the property owner is ultimately responsible for a property to be clean and free of problems or nuisances.  Court imposed fines or certificates of non-compliance can be issued for zoning enforcement matters that are left unresolved after contact from the City to clean it up.

Can I rent out a section of my home?

Yes, within an R-1-10 zone; which is a residential zone, you are allowed to have a second dwelling within your home.  However, it needs to have requirements met within the necessary approved Conditional Use Permit that allows a second dwelling within a home.  There is also a $100 application fee and this requires Planning Commission approval.

What are short-term rentals and can I do one?

Short-term rentals are becoming more popular nowadays.  Short term rentals are rental units that are rented for nightly occupants up to 29 days of rental.  It is not a long-term rental type of situation.  Yes, a property owner can have a short-term rental, but there are specific areas zoned within Santa Clara City that allows short-term rental.  You also need to have a Santa Clara City business license and a local property management company.  Check with the City prior to purchasing a home for such use to make sure it is in the allowed zone.

How many people can live in a house?

The Santa Clara City ordinance defines a family as an individual or two or more persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption living together as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling unit or a group of not more than four unrelated person, who need not be related by blood, marriage or adoption, living together as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling united.

People that are related by blood, marriage, or adoption, may not have more than three additional persons living with them as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling unit.

Can I have a home occupation?

Yes, a home occupation is allowed with an approved Santa Clara City Business License and a Home Conditional Use Permit.  Home occupations are not to impact the surrounding neighborhood with any type of commercial business dealing, employees, off street parking, violations, etc.

Am I allowed to have chickens?

Yes.  However, there are restrictions within a residential neighborhood.  If the property is located within an R1-10 zone (residential neighborhoods) and under 1 acre in size, a person is allowed to keep up to three small fowl on the property.  If the property is over 2 acres in size, up to 20 small fowl animals be kept on the property.