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Code Compliance - Ordinances in Brief

Auto Repair in Residential Areas
Restrictions
Minor auto repair
Major auto repair
Exceptions

Basketball Hoops
Permanent vs. Temporary installations
Installation restrictions (Homeowners Association by-laws vs. City Ordinance)

Building Exteriors and Roof Maintenance
Exterior wall surface maintenance
Roof maintenance

Paint Colors
Paint color restrictions
Paint permit requirements

House Address Numbers
Size and placement

Fences
Height restrictions
Permit and approval process
Visual screening requirements

Garage Sales
Sign placement

Minimum Landscape Requirements
Street trees
Ground cover

Lawns and Hedges
Maintenance
Height
Restrictions
Approved Species List

Parking Lot Hedges

Height
Approved Species List

Accessory Structure Hedge

Required for…

Tree Maintenance


Tree Removal

Can You, or Can't You???
Permits

Noise Restrictions
Hours in violation
Who to call to report a violation

Pets
Pooper-scooper law
Leash law
Vaccinations
Barking Dogs
Who to call to report a violation

Satellite Dishes
Permit requirements
Residential districts
Commercial districts
Visual screening requirements
No permit required for 1 meter (39 in.) dish

Shopping Carts
Removed or abandoned

Signs
Exterior business signs
Permit requirements
Window signs
Advertising signs and banners
Snipe signs
Real Estate signs

Swimming Pool Maintenance
Health and safety hazards
Stagnant pool water

Trash Receptacles
Trash and recycling receptacle maintenance
Receptacle placement
Screening receptacles from view
Trash and litter

Garbage Collection
Waste Management
Receptacle placement and screening
Collection hours
Side and back door service
Bulk items and landscape debris

Vehicle Parking
Parking and storage of commercial and recreational vehicles
Parking on the grass
Abandoned vehicles
Handicapped accessibility


Auto Repair in Residential Areas
Major automobile repairs such as bodywork and brake and transmission repairs are not permitted in residential driveways. Minor repairs may be done, including oil/fluid changes and tire changes.

Minor vehicle repair of any vehicle of less than ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross weight, said repairs to include, but not limited to tune-ups, lights, changing fluids, starters, alternators, replacement of belts, routine adjustments, and tire changes. The maximum time allowed for minor repairs is one (1) day.

All major vehicle repairs are prohibited within the residential areas of the City.
Major automobile repairs should include, but not be limited to internal engine repair, rear end repairs, transmission repairs, brake repairs, exhaust system repairs, body work, frame-straightening, rebuilding and/or reassembly.

The exception to the rule is that nothing contained within this section shall prohibit any individual from performing any repair on their personal vehicles within a residential garage or performing light vehicle repairs (as defined herein) within the residential areas of the City.

Basketball Hoops
Shoot some hoops! Remember - check the deed restrictions on your property before making changes since many neighborhoods have more restrictive codes than the City's codes!

For permanent vs. temporary installations - Basketball hoops and backboards in front yard areas shall be permitted on the front of the building or on a pole on the driveway only. Basketball poles shall be located no closer than ten (10) feet to any property line. Mobile hoops must stay on private property and not left on street or on sidewalk when not in use, and stored ten (10) feet from property line.


Building Exteriors and Roofs
The elements can sure take their toll on your home, so it's important to keep building exteriors and roofs painted, clean and free of mildew and chipped or faded paint. Once 25% or more of a building's exterior or roof shows signs of deterioration, weathering, discoloration, holes or breaks, it's time to repair, clean or repaint.

Paint Colors
Speaking of paint, there are a variety of attractive, approved paint colors for building exteriors, including main colors, secondary and trim colors. These colors were recently accepted into the City's code to help maintain property values and provide consistency throughout the City. A no-fee permit is required before you begin painting your exterior trim or walls. Call Community Development (954) 344-1160 to check out the latest colors. Paint permits must be brought into the Community Development office as of February 18th, 2014 to their new location The Walk at University - 2730 Unversity Dr. 2nd floor for approval.

House Address Numbers
To help your friends, neighbors, and emergency vehicles find you, all residences are required to have (3) three-inch to (9) nine-inch address numbers posted on the building in a location visible from the street, and where trees are not blocking street numbers, in addition to numbers posted on the mailbox. Businesses are required to post address numbers on front and rear entrances. Address numbers are a life safety requirement.

Fences
No fence, wall or hedge shall be erected or maintained within a required setback on residentially zoned property to a height exceeding four (4) feet in a front yard or street side yard. The height of fences and walls shall not exceed six (6) feet in a side yard or rear yard except that where the plot line is adjacent to non-residentially zoned property. A building permit must be obtained prior to constructing. In all zoning districts, fences shall be screened with shrubs along each perimeter adjacent to a street, canal right of way, or other body of water. Contact Code Compliance for further details at (954) 344-5961 ext. 3.

Garage Sales
A permit is not required to hold a garage or yard sale, but placing signs advertising the sale in medians or right-of-ways or on utility poles or trees is prohibited, and the signs will be removed. You can put a sign on the property where the sale is occurring to attract shoppers. The best way to get people to your garage or yard sale is to place a classified ad in the newspaper. One man's trash is another's man's treasure…

Minimum Landscape Requirements
Minimum landscape requirements are the installation of trees, ground cover, and/or shrubs on your property. Street trees are required for all properties, one for every 40 feet of street frontage subtracting out the drive aisle with a minimum of one tree per single family home. This creates the beautiful tree-lined streets enjoyed in neighborhoods throughout the City.

There are zoning requirements specific to certain districts and businesses within the City. Questions regarding landscaping may be directed to Casey Lee at clee@coralsprings.org or the Code Compliance Division at (954) 344-5961 ext. 4 during office hours for requirements that relate to your specific property.

Lawns and Hedges
Weekend yard warriors, listen up! Homeowners must maintain their landscaping in a healthy, neat and orderly condition, which includes mowing, watering, trimming, weeding and fertilizing lawns, trees and plants on the property, abutting canal banks and along street frontages. Lawns must be kept trimmed to less than eight inches in height; hedges should be well-trimmed and not exceed 10 feet in height (four feet on street side or front yard). Shade trees may not be planted within 25 feet of a streetlight; existing trees closer than 25 feet need to be pruned away from streetlights and other signage to ensure visibility and safety.
Nothing lasts forever, so property owners are responsible for replacing landscaping that they remove or that dies, including lawns, trees and shrubs. Some of the most popular species that do well in Coral Springs and can easily be purchased at a local nursery include:

  • PLANTS/SHRUBS: Cocoplum, Ixora Nora Grant, Viburnum Suspensum
  • TREES: Live Oak, Red Maple, Pink Trumpet Tree, Bald Cypress
  • LAWNS: St. Augustine

-List of approved Shrubs for General Landscape Use

Parking Lot Hedges
Parking lot hedge is a continuous hedge around the parking area with approved hedge material. Minimum plant height is 24-inch shrubs with leaves touching so as to create a solid screen. Some exceptions may apply. Please call the Code Compliance Division at (954) 344-5961 ext. 5 for details.

-List of approved -Shrubs for General Landscape Use

Accessory Structure Hedge
Storage areas shall be screened with hedges, walls or fencing materials and be substantially hidden from view and adjacent properties. Such screening shall be deemed necessary and adequate for areas occupied by air-conditioning compressors, pool pumps, transformers, and other similar equipment as well as for the storage of refuse for garbage containers.

-List of approved Shrubs for General Landscape Use

Tree Maintenance
Low hanging tree branches that obstruct stop signs, visibility or travel on any public right-of-way or streetlight are the homeowner's responsibility and must be trimmed and maintained. Maintain all landscaping to minimize property damage and public safety hazards. To report a violation, please call Code Compliance at (954) 344-5961 ext. 6.

Tree Removal
If you are planning to remove a tree from your private property, call Code Compliance at (954) 344-5961 ext. 6. A Code Compliance officer will be able to tell you if the tree can be removed, if a permit is required, and what type of tree you can put in its place.

Noise Restrictions
The City of Coral Springs has an ordinance regarding noise disturbance. Noise is the excessive or unreasonable sounds that disturb the peace, health, or comfort of a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities. Any such device cannot be operated between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am that can be heard across property boundaries or through partitions to (2) two parties within a building, or from a motor vehicle parked and plainly audible within (50) fifty feet on a public right of way.

Loading, unloading, compacting, or handling boxes, crates, garbage cans or any similar objects in such a manner as to cause a disturbance or as to disturb the peace, health, quiet or comfort of the neighborhood or vicinity thereof; operating or causing to be operated any equipment used in commercial, construction, repair, alteration, or demolition on buildings, structures, streets, alleys, or appurtenances thereto in residential areas. It shall be unlawful between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am unless public works, transportation, or utilities projects approved by the City.

To report a violation, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (954) 344-1800.

Pets
Sure, Fido is cute, but not everyone may share the same affection for man's best friend. Dogs must be leashed at all times and not allowed to roam freely. Remember to be a good neighbor by cleaning up after your pet. In fact, it's the law. Help protect your pet by making sure that any dog or cat four months or older is licensed by Broward County and vaccinated by a certified veterinarian; rabies tags must be worn at all times. To report leash violations, barking dogs, or any concern regarding animals, call Police Humane Officers at (954) 344-1800.

Satellite Dishes
For you channel surfers, permits are needed to install any type of satellite dish so that all requirements are met. The City's policy on satellite dishes is broken down into two categories, building in residential districts and building in commercial districts. Visual screening requirements may also apply. Questions can be directed to the Building Department at (954) 344-1025.

Shopping Carts
It is unlawful to remove shopping carts from the parking lot area of retail locations in Coral Springs. To report an abandoned shopping cart, please call Code Compliance at (954)344-5961 ext. 8.

Signs
Any person installing or altering any sign, whether permanent or temporary, must have first obtained a permit. No person shall install, alter or cause to be installed or altered, any permanent sign unless the person is licensed as a sign contractor in Broward County.

No illuminated signs, which require electricity, are allowed in the window, but must be 15 feet from the window face, and a permit must be obtained. No window signs may state any price or dollar amount, and signs must be applied in a professional manner.

Animated signs, snipe signs, banners, pennants or advertising balloons or any windborne attention devices are prohibited.

Real estate signs are permitted in all zoning districts; however, there is certain criterion that regulates these signs. Contact Code Compliance at (954) 344-5961 ext. 9 for details.

Swimming Pool Maintenance
All swimming pools under construction, after building permit has been issued and prior to issuance of certificate of occupancy or otherwise, shall be maintained so that stagnant water does not accumulate therein.

Upon issuance of a certificate of occupancy, all pools shall be maintained to ensure the disinfection of all pool water pursuant to applicable health standards under state law and local ordinances.

Trash Receptacles
Receptacles containing garbage or trash shall be tightly closed and maintained in a sanitary condition. All receptacles designated as recycling containers shall be tightly closed, if applicable, and maintained in a sanitary condition.

Trash receptacles should not be placed at curbside earlier than 7:00pm of the day preceding pickup and must be removed no later than 7:00pm on the day of collection whether emptied or not.

Screening receptacles from view - Receptacles including recycling containers shall be hidden from view at eye level and from adjacent properties and street rights-of-way. Storage areas shall be screened with shrubbery, walls or fencing material.

Property owners within the City shall keep such property, and the adjoining unpaved portions of the public right-of-way, swales and canal banks, clean and free from any accumulation of garbage, trash, and litter.

Garbage Collection
Every Coral Springs residence is required to arrange for garbage and recycling services through Waste Pro; the sole provider of these services for the City. Call  Waste Pro at (954) 967-4200 before or shortly after you move in; they'll handle service, billing and payment.

To keep neighborhoods looking neat and avoid spilled trash, garbage may not be placed at the curb before 7:00 pm on the night before pick-up. The number of cans or bags is unlimited at curbside. Coral Springs residents are entitled to side or back door service for a fee or additional charges; Waste Pro can be called for this service. Waste Pro will also collect landscape debris if it is tied in bundles no more than 40 pounds and four feet in length. You may dispose of bulk items, such as furniture or appliances, by placing them at curbside on your regularly scheduled bulk pick-up day. All emptied cans and uncollected garbage must be removed from the curb no later than 7:00 pm on collection day.

For more information regarding pick up and full services rendered from WastePro visit, www.coralsprings.org/WastePro.

Vehicle Parking
In residential areas, vehicle regulations are meant to keep neighborhoods safe and looking their best. City ordinance prohibits overnight parking of commercial or recreational vehicles in a residential area between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am, Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. It is unlawful to park a lettered company truck, van or other automobile, boat, camper, RV or mobile home in the driveway or on residential property unless it is parked in a garage or carport that is enclosed on three sides. Violators may be cited by the Police Department. To report a violation, call the Police Department non-emergency number at (954) 344-1800.

Fertilizer, water, sunlight and a little TLC keep lawns looking green and healthy…so parking a car on a lawn could really do some damage. That's why parking on lawns in residential areas is not permitted. While it's tempting to place concrete blocks, railroad ties, rocks, pyramid shaped cement curbstones and other materials along the roadside or within 10 feet of the paved vehicular right-of-way to protect your lush green carpet, these items could cause a traffic hazard leading to accidents or injuries to pedestrians and property damage. If these items are found, the City will remove them or the property owner will be cited to remove them.

Any inoperative, wrecked, or partially dismantled vehicle which is parked or stored without having all the wheels mounted, or which is in condition of substantial disrepair, or parked or stored without having tires inflated or does not have a current affixed and valid automobile license tag is unlawful in the City of Coral Springs.

All tangible personal property which does not have an identifiable owner and which has been disposed on property in a wrecked, inoperative or partially dismantled condition or which has no apparent intrinsic value to the rightful owner is considered an abandoned vehicle or property.

All multi-family and non-residential developments must comply with state requirements and standards addressing off-street parking and handicapped accessibility for the disabled. Contact Code Compliance for provisions at (954) 344-5961.