The City of Terrell, by direction of the City Council, has for the past 3 years made it a priority to clean up all residential and commercial properties in our City.
There are four code enforcement officers who travel throughout the city and are pro-active in eliminating nuisances such as High Weeds and Grass, Junk/Debris, Junk Vehicles, and Off-Premise Signs.
The city is divided into three enforcement zones. The east side of Terrell from Virginia St./Hwy 34 to the East (Zone 1) is patrolled by Code Officer Will Duff EXT. 249. The central parts of town between Virginia and Rockwall Streets (Zone 2) are handled by Code Officer J. Potts EXT. 248. Everything west of Rockwall Street (Zone 3) is covered by Code Officer Troy Smith EXT. 479.
Feel free to call our hotline, which is a direct message center line (972-551-6654 #3), with any questions or to report code violations.
You can also use email to contact us for a prompt response.
High Weeds/Grass- Chapter 7, Section 3 of the City of Terrell Code of Ordinances: Property owners/tenants (agents in charge of the property) must keep all grass and weeds below 12” at all time including all easements, alleyways, and curb lines adjacent to their property. Penalties for non-compliance of a notice shall result in a citation and/or abatement by the city or its contractor resulting in a bill for the mowing and administrative fees.
Junk/Debris- Chapter 7, Section 3 of the City of Terrell Code of Ordinances: Property owners/tenants (agents in charge of the property) must keep the property free of any accumulation of trash, rubbish, brush, furniture, appliances, or anything that can harbor rats, rodents, vermin, or any other disease carrying pests. Penalties for non-compliance of a notice shall result in a citation and/or abatement by the City of Terrell or its contractor to remove the nuisance. This will also carry a bill for service and an administrative fee.
Junk Vehicles- Chapter 7, Section 4 of the City of Terrell Code of Ordinances: A junk vehicle is defined as “any self-propelled vehicle that does not have lawfully attached to it an unexpired license plate registration or a valid motor vehicle inspection sticker or is discarded or wrecked or dismantled or has remained inoperable for more than 30 days on private property or 72 hours on public property”.
If your vehicle is lacking any of these criteria it is considered a junk vehicle. If it is in ordinary public view, which is being able to be seen from any public street or easement, the city shall begin actions to abate the nuisance. Vehicles may be kept in a garage, behind a fence, but out of public view, or moved from city limits until it is brought back into compliance.
After 10 days of notice, a judge order will go on the vehicle and it shall be towed to a scrap yard to be immediately crushed. By State Law as well as City Code, once these actions are taken it cannot be retrieved by the owner or the City of Terrell.