Common Ordinances Summary

The City of Forest Park has adopted ordinances requiring all residents to be responsible for maintaining their property to a minimum standard.  The following is a general summary and short description of some common ordinances.  For the complete Code of Ordinances, click here.

Lawn
  • Grass and weeds must be cut regularly throughout the growing season, and in all cases before reaching a height of 7 inches, and trimmed in any places a lawnmower will not reach
  • Stumps, if not removed after a tree or shrub is cut down, must be cut low to the ground, 7 inches high or less.
Trash Removal
  •  All single-family and two-family homes receive trash service once per week.
  • Garbage and trash awaiting pickup must be stored in tightly covered, solid containers.
  • Trash containers put out for collection can only be put out 12 hours ahead of collection, and must be properly stored within 12 hours of collection.
  • Trash containers may not be stored in front of the house.
Litter & Junk
  • Litter, junk, rubbish or debris must not accumulate on any property. This includes windblown litter. If it comes to rest on your property, it becomes your responsibility to clean it up.
  • Litter, garbage, grass, leaves or other debris cannot be dumped in any park, open field, street, ditch, sewer, wooded area, or in private dumpsters.
Cars, Truck, and Other Motorized Vehicles
  • Inoperable, junk, or unlicensed vehicles are not permitted to be visible to the public.  They must be removed from the property or parked in a garage.
  • A vehicle with broken or missing windows, or flat tires is considered inoperable.  A vehicle with extensive body or frame damage is considered a junk vehicle.  A vehicle without a current registration (in Ohio or anywhere else) is considered unlicensed.
  • Vehicles parked in driveways cannot block the sidewalk.
  • Vehicles parked on the street can only stay in one place for up to 72 hours.
  • All vehicles may only be parked on a paved surface, usually concrete or asphalt.  No vehicle may be parked on grass, dirt, or gravel.
  • Recreational vehicles, boats, and campers are required to be parked on a paved area that is to the rear of the front building line.
  • Any equipment that is over 30 feet in length cannot be stored on a residential property .
Building Exterior
  • The building exterior must be kept in good repair, including cleaning of surfaces weathered with dirt and grime.
  • Painted surfaces which are peeling, flaking, or weathered must be scraped and covered with an appropriate protective coating.
  • Broken windows must be repaired promptly with glass or equivalent transparent/translucent material.
  • House numbers must be mounted on or near the house, and clearly readable from the street.
  • Loose objects are a danger to others and must be secured, repaired or removed. Objects that may become loose include shutters, gutters, storm doors, shingles, antennas and the like.
  • Paired objects (such as shutters or garage doors) must be painted the same color, must be kept paired, and replaced only in pairs.
  • The rules for maintaining buildings also apply to other structures not connected to the house, such as a shed, lamp post, fence or similar.
Fences, Walls, Hedges, and Trees
  • Perimeter fences, up to a maximum height of 6 feet, are permitted to enclose the portion of the property that is behind the front building line. 
  • Fences are not permitted in the front yard.
    • Exception #1: In all front yards, a fence can be used as short decorative element, no more than 4 feet high or 15 feet long.
    • Exception #2: On corner lots, along the secondary street frontage only, a fence can enclose an area that is half the distance to the sidewalk. If such a fence is over 4 feet, the permit requires approval by the Planning Commission.
  • Trees overhanging the sidewalk must be trimmed to allow a clearance of 8 feet, and if overhanging the street must have a clearance of 14 feet.  
  • Dead limbs or dead trees that are in danger of falling onto the street or sidewalk must be removed.
  • Leaves, grass, and other yard waste cannot be blown into the street. If clippings are left on the lawn they must be mulched and lot left in rows or clumps; otherwise bag or compost the yard waste.
Pets and Animals
  • Animals must have appropriate inoculations, food, water, and shelter from the weather.
  • All dogs must have a license and have the tag attached to their collar.
  • Dogs must be on a leash or contained by a fence at all times when they are outdoors.  They are not allowed to be left unattended in the front yard, whether on a leash or not.  Invisible fences are not permitted in the front yard.
  • Dogs running at large may be impounded by the city and/or turned over to the County Dog Warden.
Miscellaneous
  • Swimming pools must be maintained to prevent health hazards, and free from debris, leaves, rodents, etc.  All pools must be fenced and have self-latching gates.
  • Garage or yard sales are permitted on your own property for a maximum of 3 days, up to twice per year.  Signs advertising the sale are only permitted on your property or other private property with the owner's permission. Signs cannot be placed between the sidewalk and the street or attached to any street sign or telephone pole.
  • Signs of any kind are prohibited from being posted in the right-of-way, which is generally the area between the street and sidewalk, including the planting strip.  Signs placed illegally in the right-of-way are removed and disposed of daily by the City.