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As summer approaches, staff will start to get numerous calls regarding various code violations that are taking place throughout the City. As a resident of Bowling Green, it is your responsibility to properly maintain your yard and home.

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Neighbors, City staff or the general public may call the Code Enforcement Department to report a violation if your property has a vehicle parked in the front yard (on the grass), if your property is covered in debris or yard waste, if there are inoperable vehicles on your driveway or yard, or if you have grass/weeds that are over 10 inches in height.

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There are multiple other violations that can result in a citation – for a full list; you can visit the City of Bowling Green website at www.bgky.org/ncs/condeenforce.

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If your concern is that your neighbor might be in violation, you can contact the City Central Department at 393-3641 to report a problem. If you are tech savvy and would rather use your computer, you can submit a complaint online through the “City of Bowling Green Request for Action” form. In order to access this easy to use form, log onto www.bgky.org, click on the resident drop down box and select service request form. Once on the City of Bowling Green Request for Action page, click the request type drop down box, select the category that best fits your needs, and fill out the form.

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In the event that you report a violation, or someone reports a violation on your property, there are multiple steps that will take place. Once the complaint is reported, City Inspectors will have three days to view the property. If in violation, you will be notified and you will have 10 days to correct a non-structural issue (such as overgrown grass/weeds). After 10 days, an additional inspection will be conducted and if the property in question is not in compliance, a citation will be issued and action will be taken to bring the issue into compliance.

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And always remember, if you feel as though you have received a citation incorrectly, you can appeal the citation to the Code Enforcement Board. The CEB is made up of five citizens appointed by the Mayor who meet once a month to approve fees and/or citations that Code Enforcement staff has issued.

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If you would like more information on the Code Enforcement process, you can contact Bobbi Jo Sexton at 270-393-3641.

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