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Understanding land use violations in Arizona

Across the country, there are limitations and laws in order to protect areas of land from overdevelopment. The purposes of these protections are in the interests of the public. These laws are concerned with many factors, from limiting pollution, controlling traffic congestion, safety and welfare, controlling population and economic factors, as well as wanting to preserve the beauty of natural parks and communities. It is a way for the government to control the way that the country develops in a successful and sustainable way.

When you are a land owner, it is important that you understand how zoning ordinances work and to make sure that you are obeying them, as well as knowing how they affect your land, at all times. If you do not do this, then you could be guilty of a code violation.

Understanding code violations in Arizona

It is important that you use the land that you own in accordance with the ordinances present in your area. In Arizona, this could include making sure that your address is clearly displayed on your property, and in certain areas, it may demand that you hide any building equipment, car parts and personal items out of public view. Other common ordinance requirements can include keeping buildings safe, and preventing light pollution that violates the Dark Sky Ordinance.

It is important to understand the ordinances that exist in your area so that you can ensure that you are not violating any of them. Violating an ordinance could result in quite a serious legal situation. If you have had a complaint made against you, then it is important to assess whether it is a valid complaint and take action as soon as possible.

Source: Development Services Yavapai County Government Arizona, "Land Use Violations," accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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