Before any building, alteration, demolition, or moving of any building or structure including fences, swimming pools, carports, etc. you must obtain a building permit from the City Secretary. Your building plans will be reviewed for code compliance. Plan reviews before construction can save you lots of time and money - it is much easier to alter your plans before you perform any work.
Each business entity that provides services or conducts business in the City of Kerens, or in its extra territorial jurisdiction, must file a completed Business Registration form with the City Secretary. Business Registrations must be kept updated.
The information required on the Business Registration provides important information needed in case of emergencies.
If you run a business in or around Kerens, file your Business Registration at City Hall or you could face a fine.
International Property Maintenance Code
In 1991, the City of Kerens adopted the International Property Maintenance Code for the purpose of establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings, and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other pysical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation.
Click here for a copy of the International Property Code Checklist.
Junk & Debris
Old junk, trash, appliances, tires, rubbish, furniture or anything else stored outside can be dangerous and hazardous. It just doesn't look good, either.
Clean it up, throw it out or store it properly. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a fine.
High Grass & Weeds
Any property that has grass or weeds taller than an average of 10 inches is declared a nuisance. High grass and weeds give unwanted critters a place to hide and multiply and also are a fire hazard.
Keep that yard trimmed, or you could face a fine, as well as a mowing bill from the City.
Junk Vehicles and Vehicle Parts
A vehicle that does not run is illegal if it is visible to the public and does not have current license and inspection and is either wrecked or dismantled.
Junk vehicles can be towed by the City - never to be returned - and earn you a fine.
In the city limits, houses and other buildings must meet certain standards as set by the minimum building standards. Buildings that are falling apart are dangerous.
Any building or home that is open and vacant is a violation of city code. If you own a property that is unoccupied, be sure to keep it closed and secure.
Keep buildings up to code or you could be fined.
No owner shall have within the city any dog or cat 3 months of age or older unless such dog or cat is currently registered with the City of Kerens. A current metal registration tag issued by the City of Kerens must be worn by the dog or cat at all times when not confined to the owners premises. No dog or cat shall be registered until it has a current rabies vaccination.
It is unlawful for an owner of any animal to allow or permit an animal to run at large. Animals running at large may be impounded.
It is unlawful for any person to have livestock or fowl of any kind within any area not zoned Agricultural within the city limits for longer than 72 hours without a permit.
Any violation of the Animal Control Ordinance can result in a fine of up to $1,000.00.
Residentially zoned properties are for residences only - not for businesses, junkyards, outside storage, illegal fences, auto repair shops, etc. Illegal uses of zoned areas can result in a $2,000 fine.
Dirty standing water gives mosquitoes a place to breed and grow. Dump or treat pools, flowerpots, buckets, birdbaths or any place water can accumulate. Otherwise you could face a fine up to $200 per day during which the nuisance continues.
Keep Trees & Drivers Safe
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, automobiles are one of the top 10 causes of tree damage and destruction.
That's because drivers often don't see low hanging limbs until it's too late.
So, to keep trees and drivers safe and guarantee access fro emergency vehicles, the City of Kerens prunes street trees for a 14-foot traffic clearance. So, if you trim your own trees or hire someone to do it for you, make sure those that hang over the street are pruned to provide a 14-foot clearance.
Neighborhood Watch Program
The City of Kerens Code Compliance Department is working with your Neighborhood Watch Program.
We are joining forces to promote a clean and safe city, where neighbors respect each other and everyone helps keep their neighborhoods in good condition.
To be sure your neighborhood gets an "A-OK," here are a few of the things we really want you to be aware of:
Address Identification New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers, or approved building identification placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background.
Address identification can become a life or death situation when emergency personnel (fire, police, or ambulance) are trying to find your house. It also helps when friends are trying to find you!
Along with acting as the "eyes and ears" of local law enforcement, Neighborhood Watch also encourages citizens to take steps to make their own homes and property less vulnerable to the threat of break-ins and vandalism.
It is a fact of life that relationships in many of today's communities have become less personal than they were years ago. Families are more transient, children have more activities that take them and their parents away from home, and there are more families with both parents working. The once-familiar sight of families visiting with each other on front porches while keeping a watchful eye on children and activities in the neighborhood is a rarity in most communities today. This trend away from personal contact in the neighborhood and the decrease in time families spend at home are two of the essential ingredients that make communities ripe for crimes of opportunity, such as burglary.
Across the nation crime is of concern to citizens in cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas. Increasingly, citizens and law enforcement professionals realize that neither one can eradicate crime working separately. Neighbors and other concerned citizens, working cooperatively with law enforcement, can have a positive effect. Home burglaries, in particular, can be minimized when community residents take steps to make their homes less attractive and vulnerable to burglars.