Fire Division

Property Maintenance

Garbage Storage:

In accordance with City Code Section 10-3, all garbage, rubbish, refuse and waste material shall be regularly removed from properties.

In accordance with City Code Section 10-4, all garbage and waste materials shall be stored in approved garbage containers with tight fitting lids. A standard garbage container shall be no larger than 32 gallons in capacity, and shall be metal or plastic, and shall have handles and a tight fitting lid. Detachable dumpster containers can be larger than 32 gallons in capacity, and shall have a tight fitting lid in place. There shall be an adequate number of garbage containers to hold all waste between days of collection.

55-gallon barrels, and industrial barrels are not generally allowed for garbage storage or collection.

Plastic garbage bags can be used for the storage of leaves, grass, hedge and brush clippings only. (If plastic bags are used for garbage storage, the bag must be held in an approved garbage container)

Tree Ordinance:

In accordance with City Code Section 25-1; The owner, agent or occupant of any land abutting a street or alley shall keep the trees located upon their property or located upon a terrace immediately adjacent to their property or, where there is no terrace, upon the section of the street or alley or property dedicated as a right-of-way which is unimproved that is so abutting their property, trimmed, pruned and maintained in a healthy manner as to remove any hazard to life or property.

Trees and shrubbery shall be trimmed to …

…provide 14’ clearance from the street or alley surface to any overhead limbs.

…provide 8’ clearance from the sidewalk surface to any overhead limbs.

…provide clear visibility of any traffic control device.

Questions should be directed to John Kouba, at 701 Koenigstein Avenue, or phone 402 844-2050.

Note: Tree limbs cut to reasonable lengths and manageable in size, can be taken to the City Transfer Station for disposal. There may be a disposal fee. The Transfer Station is located at 610 East Monroe Avenue, phone 402 844-2231.

Vehicle Storage:

In accordance with City Code Section 17-27, motor vehicles located upon private property are required to have a current valid Nebraska license plate attached to the vehicle, and the vehicle shall be roadworthy. Any unlicensed or inoperable motor vehicle, and any motor vehicle parts, shall either be stored in a completely enclosed building, or otherwise shall be removed from the property.  Violations of this ordinance should be reported to the Norfolk Police Division 402 644-8700

Weeds and grass:

In accordance with City Code Section 17-12, the owner of property within the City of Norfolk shall cut weeds so as to keep the property free from weeds at all times, and shall not allow litter or waste to accumulate upon the property, except litter held in an approved container. The property shall be maintained so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water upon the property. Weeds shall be cut to the curb line on the street together with one-half of the streets or alleys abutting the same, and as often in each year as may be necessary to keep said lot or parcel free from weeds. Properties with weeds over 12" in height are subject to delivery of a notice of the requirement for mowing.