What We Do

Cottage Grove's Code Enforcement staff work with residents to help ensure clean, safe and healthy neighborhoods and the community in general. By responding to questions and concerns staff reacts appropriately to ensure the preservation of property values and prevent unsafe, unsanitary or issues infringing on the rights of others.

The full City code can be read here.


Code Enforcement staff address questions and concerns of residents and local business owners regarding City ordinance guidelines and possible violations.  Code violation cases are generated on a complaint basis.  In all cases with code compliance, the City wants to work with you to achieve compliance with regulations.  Feel free to speak with an inspector about how long it may take or for ideas on how to bring your property into compliance.


Trash Container Storage

In order to keep neighborhoods looking beautiful and maintaining their value and integrity, city code enforces keeping your trash cans stored in your garage or in an enclosure to shield it from public view. 

All trash containers must be stored in an enclosed structure and remain completely out of public view at all times other than during trash collection. Trash containers may be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night prior to trash collection and must be stored away no later than 6:00 p.m. the night of trash collection. (Code Title 4-2-15

Trash Container Enclosure Options


In residential districts, no more than a total of four (4) vehicles may be parked on a single lot outside of a building or accessory structure.  A vehicle is defined as any self-propelled device in, or upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported.  This includes but is not limited to cars, trucks, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, etc.  A vehicle properly loaded on a trailer shall constitute a single vehicle. (Code Title 6-2-4C)

All vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, etc. must be parked on improved parking surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or brick pavers at all times if parked in front of the principle structure.  If parked behind the front plane of the principle structure, class 5 or landscape rock is acceptable for an improved surface. (Code Title 11-3-9)

Commercial vehicle parking is restricted in residential areas.  No Class l commercial vehicle may be parked in a residential district except while loading, or rendering a service.  A Class l commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle exceeding an axle weights of five tons, or any of the following types of vehicles, regardless of axle weight: semitrailers, the tractor portion of semi-trucks, garbage trucks, tank trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tow trucks, cattle trucks, trucks carrying or designed to carry explosive or flammable materials, well drilling equipment, earth moving equipment, or school buses. (Code Title 6-2-4)

Parking of Class ll commercial vehicles in residential districts is restricted.  No more than one Class ll commercial vehicle may be parked or stored on a property located in a residential district.  Class ll commercial vehicles include all commercial vehicles other than Class l commercial vehicles including pickup trucks, vans, trailers, and recreational vehicles that are used for commercial purposes. (Code Title 6-2-4)

*All vehicles must be properly licensed and operable.  (Code Title 6-2-4)



Exterior Storage

The presence of accumulating excessive materials and equipment creates an unsightly condition tending to decrease property values and create fire and safety hazards within neighborhoods.  The storage of excess materials also attracts rodents and vermin and creates blight within the community.  Accumulation and improper storage of such materials and equipment is a public nuisance and will be addressed in a serious manner.

All items must be stored in an enclosed structure such as a garage or shed at all times. (City Title 11-6-2)

Long Grass & Weeds

Grass over the height of eight (8) inches within the community serves as a public nuisance, dangerous, and unsightly to the public.  Properties will be required to maintain their lawns in such a manner to keep from becoming a public nuisance.  Properties left abandoned are required to be maintained by the responsible party.

It is unlawful for any owner, tenant, or occupant of land in the city to permit or maintain noxious or poisonous weeds or plants on such land. (City Title 4-3-1A)

It shall be unlawful to permit the growth of grass, weeds, brush, or other rank vegetation to height greater than eight (8) inches. (City Title 4-3-1B)



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