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Maintaining Your Property
Good Neighbor Handbook - Maintaining Your Property
To improve the health, safety and welfare of Vancouver residents and improve the livability of our neighborhoods, the City of Vancouver requires that private properties be maintained free from uncontrolled or uncultivated noxious weeds, brush, berry vines, poison oak/ivy, and grasses or plant growth in excess of 12 inches from ground level, including the area between the sidewalk and the curb, and adjacent alley ways.
Please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/PropertyMaintCode for a printable property maintenance brochure.
Report Code Compliance-related concerns:
Online at www.cityofvancouver.us./CodeCompliance
Call the automated Code Compliance hotline at 360-487-7810
Garbage Cans & Recycling Services/Containers
The City of Vancouver contracts with Waste Connections for curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard debris for residents and businesses. Garbage collection is mandatory in Vancouver, and a wide range of service options are available.
Creating a clean, orderly appearance in the right-of-way improves the overall look of the neighborhood. The Solid Waste Management Ordinance (VMC 6.12) allows garbage/recycling containers to be placed in the street 12 hours before the collection date and removed within 12 hours after the collection takes place.
Keeping your property tidy improves the health and appearance of the neighborhood. The outdoor storage of items such as discarded junk, garbage and/or yard debris is not allowed on residential property. This does not include items with a customary outdoor use such as lawn furniture, play equipment, gardening equipment and similar items.
In nearly all cases, sidewalks are dedicated public rights of way, and maintaining and repairing them is the responsibility of abutting property owners. This includes keeping sidewalks free of overgrown vegetation and overhead limbs, as well as snow, and ice and other obstructions.
To repair a sidewalk in Vancouver, property owners must first get a permit and then follow all regulations pertaining to work in the public right of way. For more information, please check out the city website at: www.cityofvancouver.us/sidewalks
The City asks residents to help keep sidewalks clear for the safe travel of pedestrians. The street should also be kept clear for the traveling public and public service vehicles.
To help avoid obstructions, please push mobile basketball hoop structures back onto your property when the hoop is not in use.
Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the alley way abutting their property. Please be sure to keep vegetation trimmed so as not to obstruct the passage of vehicles, especially service related vehicles such as garbage trucks and maintenance vehicles.
All vacant structures and premises or vacant land within the City of Vancouver shall be maintained in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary condition so as not to be come a blight on the neighborhood or adversely affect the public health.
To report trespassers on foreclosed property, contact the Vancouver Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
Graffiti is vandalism. If left alone, graffiti will attract more of the same. It creates a perception that the neighborhood is unsafe. To curb the spread of graffiti, it is important to address it as soon as it is observed.
- Record—Take a picture, document date and time, location and color of graffiti
- Report—On Private Property: call 360-487-7355
On Public Property: call 360-487-8177 or www.cityofvancouver.us/servicerequest
- Remove—from your property; wash or paint away quickly and thoroughly.
Autumn leaves may be beautiful on trees, but they are considered trash when they’re on the ground. When leaves are piled into the street, storm water drains can get clogged on rainy days, causing localized flooding in streets. Dumping trash on any street, alley or publicly owned property is not allowed in Vancouver (VMC 6.12.110), unless authorized. This includes leaves. Never deliberately put leaves into the street. The City of Vancouver will not come pick them up.
When leaves are piled into the street, storm water drains can get clogged on rainy days, causing localized flooding in streets.
All property owners are responsible for the leaves on their property and along their sidewalks and street side planting strips. Vancouver residents can drop off leaves at several sites from October to December, using a free disposal coupon provided by the City. To learn more about options for leaves, please visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste or call 360-619-4120.