City Ordinances Important To St. Armands Residents Association

October 2015

Sec. 16-34. - Placement at curb, outside premises, etc., for collection.

Wheeled solid waste containers and other solid waste containers, when prepared as provided for in section 16-29, and recyclable materials containers shall be placed, by the owner, at the curb or roadside abutting the premises where such solid waste or recyclable material is generated by 7:00 a.m. on the day scheduled for collection. As used in this section "owner" shall mean an owner, lessee, person in possession, or any other individual, association, firm, partnership, or corporation having an ownership or possessory interest in real property. These containers shall not be placed at the curb or roadside any earlier than 5:00 p.m. of the day prior to regularly scheduled collection. All emptied containers shall be returned to proper storage on the premises of the owner no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day following the day of regularly scheduled collection. The term "proper storage" shall mean that these solid waste containers and recyclable materials containers shall be stored between collection days in side or rear yards and not front yards. Front yard shall mean the yard area extending from the front facade of any building on the zoning lot to the street, or a minimum distance of twenty (20) feet from the street, whichever is greater. As used herein, the term "front facade" shall mean the exterior wall of any building that faces any street. This section 16-34 applies to all zoning lots, including corner and through lots as defined in section II-201 of the Zoning Code (2002 Edition), as may be amended from time to time. If there is no practical way to store the solid waste containers and recyclable material containers in such a side or rear yard, the owner shall store such containers at a location approved by the city manager. Wheeled solid waste containers and other solid waste containers shall not be stored in any street or public right of way. Solid waste from the commercial and business establishments shall not be placed outside the premises for removal except with the permission of the city manager.

An owner who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine, in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), for each day that a violation occurs

Sec. 16-49. - Heavy, dense, rank overgrowth prohibited.

Developed lots. It shall be unlawful for any owner to maintain or to permit the excessive growth of weeds, grass, underbrush or other vegetation upon any developed or improved lot in the city in a manner which might communicate fire or serve as a breeding place for or harbor insects, rodents, snakes or other pests or vermin or otherwise constitute a nuisance which is detrimental to the general health, safety and welfare of the city and its inhabitants. Owners shall maintain the entire lot or parcel in accordance with this subsection up to the edge of any paved roadway or city-maintained traveled way abutting the lot or parcel although some portion thereof may be encumbered by an easement for public right-of-way, or other public purposes. This requirement to maintain shall not apply to any median within an abutting roadway. For purposes of this paragraph, "excessive growth" shall mean the growth of grass, weeds or other plant materials which are not cultivated or landscaped or regularly tended in keeping with the character of a residential neighborhood or which reach a height in excess of ten (10) inches.

Undeveloped or vacant lots. It shall be unlawful for any owner to maintain or to permit heavy, dense or rank overgrowth of weeds, grass, underbrush or other vegetation upon any vacant or undeveloped real property in the city in a manner which might communicate fire or serve as a breeding place for or harbor insects, rodents, snakes or other pests or vermin, or otherwise constitute a nuisance which is detrimental to the general health, safety and welfare of the city and its inhabitants. Owners shall maintain the entire parcel in accordance with this subsection up to the edge of any paved roadway or city-maintained traveled way abutting the parcel although some portion thereof may be encumbered by an easement for public right-of-way or other public purposes. This requirement to maintain shall not apply to any median within an abutting roadway. For purposes of this paragraph, "heavy, dense or rank overgrowth" shall mean growth of grass, weeds or other plant materials which are not cultivated or regularly tended and which reach a height in excess of twelve (12) inches. This paragraph shall not apply to any lot or parcel over one (1) acre in size which is in a natural state of vegetation and which has never been cut or mowed.

Call Before Cutting

Did you know a permit is required to remove or relocate any tree (other than citrus) greater than four and one-half inches in diameter at breast height? While there is no fee to remove "nuisance" species of trees such as Malalueca (punk trees) or Australian pine, you must obtain a permit prior to their removal. Only citrus trees do not require permits (excluding the Mango tree). If you plan to take down a large tree (alive or dead), call the City Arborist at 941-365-2200 ext 4345 to make an appointment. If you need to apply for a permit, come to the City Hall Annex - 2nd Floor.  City Hall is at 1565 First Street.

This permit must be displayed so it can be seen from the street.  Make sure your landscaper is licensed before he starts work.  Badly pruned trees cost in the long run. Taking trees down without a permit can bring fines - so take a few minutes and do the right thing.

You can call the Arborist on the weekend at 941-894-2931 if you see a large tree being cut down without a visible permit. You can find more information by visiting this website:  www.sarasotagov.org/Trees/TreeProtection.cfm