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Types of Violations

In Harrisonville, most ordinance violations fall into three categories, Property Maintenance, Zoning, or Nuisance Abatement.

Residents may wish to contact the Community Development Department at City Hall to report violations. After receiving the report, a building division inspector will inspect the property to determine if any violations do exist. Provided a violation is verified, a letter will be sent to the tenant or owner of the property stating the violation, and time frame allowed for correcting the violation. Failure to comply with city ordinances may result in the city abating the violation and charging the costs against the property, or issuing a General Ordinance Summons (GOS) to the tenant or property owner.

It is the Community Development Department's responsibility to enforce the city ordinances, which are written to promote the property maintenance and safety of Harrisonville neighborhoods. The City of Harrisonville is committed to providing a safe, clean, and attractive community. To this end, the city has adopted a number of ordinances over the years, which address such things as the exterior maintenance of structures, tall grass and vegetation and inoperable vehicles.

If you have any questions regarding city ordinances, please call the Community Development Office at 816-380-8958, or consult the City of Harrisonville Municipal Codes

In the interest of public education and outreach, our most common violations are listed here.

Serious Violations
Dangerous Buildings -- Vacant and Not Secured; Lack of Habitability (i.e. No Utilities; Dangerous Structure); Attractive Nuisances.

Most Common Building & Property Maintenance Violations

Peeling exterior paint

  • Dilapidated or damaged structures
  • Construction projects without permits
  • Outdoor storage of unsightly material
  • Unlawful discharge of water from sump pumps
  • Dead trees and shrubs
  • Inoperable / unlicensed vehicles
  • Parking motor vehicles on the lawn area


Common Municipal Nuisance Ordinance Violations    

    -- Weeds, grass, brush, and other rank vegetation may not  be more than 12 inches high 
    -- Tree limbs, dirt, rocks, etc., are not allowed to remain piled on property.
    -- Inoperable or wrecked vehicles are not allowed to be stored on driveways.
    -- Vehicles must be parked on paved surfaces only.
    -- Piled and accumulating junk, trash, and debris are not permitted.
    -- The removal of trash, garbage, refuse, and debris from residential areas is required at least once per week.
    -- Trash containers, garbage, or refuse may not be stored or placed at the curbside before 5 p.m. the day before the     scheduled collection day, and is not to remain in front of the residence later than 9 p.m. on collection day.
    -- House numbers which are at least 3 inches high are required for your police and fire protection.
    -- All swimming pools capable of holding 24 inches of water or more shall be fenced with a 4-foot high fence.
    -- Garage sale signs are not allowed to be placed on utility poles.