Common Code Concerns

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  1. Accumulation of trash

    2006 International Property Maintenance Code (Section 307.1) – Accumulation of rubbish or garbage. All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.


  2. Vacant Building

    2006 Municipal Code (Section 3B-104.A.2)

    Vacant building shall mean a building that is (1) empty or (2) not occupied on a regular and habitual basis by the owner, tenant, agent of the owner or other person having permission of the owner on a regular and habitual basis for the usual and customary purposes for which the building is designed and lawfully permitted or (3) partially occupied. (Ord 7-2005)


  3. Holding Yard Sale without a City Permit

    2006 Municipal Code, (Section 7-106(D))

    No person or entity shall hold an outdoor event n a public space in the City without first obtaining a permit and paying a fee. For one-day outdoor events said permit shall entitle the permit holder o conduct the vent for one (1) day and night, beginning no earlier than 9:00am and ending no later than 12:00 midnight. For special on-going outdoor events said permit shall entitle the permit holder to conduct the event on a regular schedule and specific time period, beginning no earlier than 9:00am and ending no later than 12:00 midnight. (Ord. 8-2002, 8/06/02)


  4. Bushes, weeds over one foot high

    2006 Municipal Code, (Section 6-112) Bushes, weeds over one foot high prohibited in certain places. Any weeds, briars or brush more than one (1) foot tall, which has been or which may hereafter be allowed to accumulate or grow on any private property adjoining any of the streets, alleys or lanes and within two hundred (200) feet thereof.


  5. Unsafe Building

    (2006 Municipal Code, Section 3C-101(A)) Prohibits the following acts and conditions when conducted or existing upon any lot or parcel within the city Mount Rainier are unlawful and shall constitute a public nuisance: Open storage of or scattered materials including the following: 

    • Debris, rubbish or trash not stored in trash receptacles and visible from public right-of-way, and scattered packing boxes
    • Abandoned, discarded, broken, or inoperable household furnishings, appliances, machines and tools, or similar objects of equipment
    • Discarded building materials
    • Dilapidated, decayed, damaged, unsanitary, unsafe, or vermin- or rodent-infested that it creates a hazard to the health, safety, or general welfare of the occupants or the public
    • Inadequate facilities for egress in case of fire or panic or which are dangerous to life, health, property or the safety of its occupants by not providing minimum protection from fire.
  6.   Permit required for solicitors

Mount Rainier Municipal Code (Section 7-106). It shall be unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to engage in solicitation activities within the City of Mount Rainier without first obtaining a permit.


7.  Removal of snow, sleet or freezing rain

Mount Rainier Municipal Code (Section 12-109). It shall be duty of every person in charge or control of any building or parcel of land, located in the city, fronting or abutting on a paved public sidewalk, whether as owner, proprietor, tenant, occupant or otherwise, within twenty-four (24) hours after the ceasing to fall of any snow, sleet or freezing rain, to remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, such snow, sleet or freezing rain from such public sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land. It shall be unlawful to fail, neglect or refuse to comply with this section.


8.  City Building Permit Required

2006 Municipal Code (Section 3-104) Every construction, enlargement, permanent paving, removal or demolition within the City which required a permit from the Department of Environmental Resource of Prince George’s County (“County building permit”) shall also require a permit from the City of Mount Rainier.


Examples of construction that require a City building permit, whether or nor a County building permit also is required, include, but are not limited to:

  • Paving the surface of a lot, or portion of a lot, with an impervious material such as brick, asphalt or concrete, if the new pavement area will exceed 150 square feet.
  • Stoops or decks that are eight inches in height
  • Sheds or gazebos with a floor area of 150 square feet or more.
  • Retaining walls over two feet in height


9.  Abandoned or non-road-worthy motor vehicles

Municipal Code (Section 6-116) It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon any vehicle at any place within the City, nor shall any owner, lessee or custodian in charge of any lot, field, road, street, lane or his/her property, permit any abandoned or non-roadworthy motor vehicle to remain on such property except in an enclosed garage for a period longer than ten (10) days. (Ord 5-2003, 64/29/03)