Tupelo Police Code Enforcement Division is responsible for making sure the citizens of Tupelo do their part in keeping Tupelo beautiful and adhere to the Ordinances set by the City Council. The Code Enforcement Officers patrol the City Monday through Friday 8 am until 5pm, looking for any Code Violations.
A citizen can file a complaint about a neighbor or any person that does not follow the ordinances by contacting the Code Enforcement Division at 841-6412. A complaint cannot be filed unless the caller leaves his name and call back number.
We DO NOT give the offender the caller’s information but we need it to let the caller know a status of the offending property, and also the City Council says “There is no complaint without a complainant’s name and number.”
Please note any complaint on a parked recreational vehicle must be sent to the Planning Department at 841-6414. Code Enforcement DOES NOT deal with building codes or permits, those calls must also go through the Planning Dept. At times, Code Enforcement helps the Planning Department with permit issues, such as making sure yard sales have proper permits.
Code enforcement is responsible for the following:
- JUNK OR LITTER – any trash, litter, boxes, old appliances, building materials or any unsightly materials cannot be left out in the front yard.
- JUNK VEHICLES – cars without current inspection stickers and tags are considered JUNK, whether they run or not. Cars that do not run (that have tarps over them) cannot be left in a front yard or on the street in front of a residence.
- VEHICLES IN FRONT YARD – cars cannot be parked in the front yard, they must be in a designated parking area.
- COMMERCIAL VEHICLES – commercial vehicles are allowed two hours ONLY per day to park in a residential area, and that is WITHOUT a trailer.
- OUTSIDE STORAGE – carports and porches cannot be used as a storage area. If these areas are going to be used as storage areas, they must be ENCLOSED!
- LOT MOWING – The City Council acts on properties that need to be mowed. The offender’s name is published in the Daily Journal with the next City Council meeting date. If the property is not cleaned up by the owner within ten days, the City bids out the jobs and will charge the offender the cost of having the lot cleaned, plus a penalty of $1,500 or 50 percent of the cleanup cost–whichever is greater.
- VISIBILITY – shrubs and hedges cannot obstruct visibility of the street.
- LANDSCAPE – grass must be planted in yards, no dirt lots.
- GARBAGE CONTAINERS – The Council requests that all approved garbage containers be removed from the street as soon as possible after garbage collection. There can be no unapproved garbage containers set up permanently at the curbs.