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Code Enforcement

Within the Fire Department, code enforcement consists of responding to and enforcing City of Port Neches ordinance Chapter 58, Article IV.

The following identifies conditions that are viewed as potential issues:

Sec. 58-121. - Hazardous, unhealthy, unsanitary or unsightly conditions.

It shall be unlawful and it is hereby declared to be a public nuisance for any person, including each owner and any agent and/or representative of any nonresident owner of any lot, block of land or part thereof or any other premises, whether vacant or occupied, within the city to keep or maintain on such property any of the following conditions:

  1. Grass, weeds or brush of any description growing or flourishing upon such property at a height of more than 12 inches from the surface of the ground.
  2. Any dead or diseased animal.
  3. Accumulations of solid waste, animal feces, dangerous materials or matter or stagnant or polluted water or liquids.
  4. Accumulations of earth, rocks, concrete, waste building materials or other construction debris left on the property that is not associated with on-going construction on the property.
  5. Any substance, matter or condition that causes or creates a foul smelling odor or fumes or that would attract, harbor or provide a breeding or feeding place for flies, mosquitoes, rats, rodents, vermin, mice or any other animal, rodent, insect or pest that may result in the creation of an environment conducive to the spread of disease.
  6. Any waste material, garbage, trash, junk, rubbish, rubble, filth, discarded household items or any other impure or unwholesome matter stored, allowed to remain or accumulated in any manner that would tend to present or create a condition hazardous to the welfare or the general public or which may become strewn, scattered or spread onto public or private property.
  7. Any other condition on the property which is hazardous, unhealthy, unsanitary, unsightly or unwholesome or unreasonably interferes with the use and enjoyment of the property where located or adjacent properties.
If the City identifies a property with the above concerns, a notice of correcting the condition will be provided in writing, if it hasn’t been corrected at the time of the inspection. Any fees the City incurs will be passed through to the property owner via tax liens on the property.

If any concerns or issues that are deemed an immediate threat to public safety are identified, City officials will attempt to work with the property owner. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, the City officials have the authority to enter the property to inspect, investigate and/or abate the dangerous condition.

If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Marshal’s office at (409) 722-5885.

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