The most common ordinance issues are weed and trash complaints.
Once we have received a complaint, the Code Enforcement Official will respond to the address to evaluate the property. If the violations are confirmed a letter is generated. The letter is sent out to the owner of the property explaining the violation(s). Once the owner of the property has received the letter, they have 10 days, to take care of the complaint.
The Code Enforcement Officer will go back to the property after the time has expired and check to see if the violations have been taken care of. If the violation has not been corrected, then the officer will send the property owner an Abatement Notice.
The Abatement Notice gives the owner a final 10 days, to complete what we have requested.
If the violation has not been corrected, the City of Caldwell will hire a contractor to clean up the property and charge the owner the costs of cleanup PLUS an additional $112.00 administrative fee.
Misdemeanor citations may also be issued to people who are in violation.
To file a complaint click Online Complaint Form .
Do not leave cans at the curb. The must be stored at least twenty-five feet (25’) from the street.
Refuse is defined as all waste wood, wood products, tree trimmings, grass clippings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, dead trees or branches, printed matter, paper, pasteboard, straw, used and discarded mattresses, used and discarded clothing, used and discarded shoes and boots, combustible waste products, boxes and other product packaging, discarded household items, discarded food products, and any other discarded waste materials. All persons who reside, do business, own, manage, rent or lease property in the City of Caldwell shall be required to keep the property free of all accumulated and/or scattered waste material.
The property owner must maintain the sidewalks in a safe, non-hazardous condition free from debris and snow.
TREES ALONG STREET Rights-of-way
The branches of trees that overhang the sidewalks must be pruned to a height of at least ten feet (10’) to provide for vertical clearance. The branches of trees that overhang the street must be pruned to a height of at least fourteen feet (14’) to provide for vertical clearance.
Weeds are defined as undesirable plant growth that is unkempt, unsightly, and could be considered harmful to one’s health. Weeds include noxious weeds, grasses, bushes, and any other plant meeting this description. Every person residing, doing business, owning, managing, renting and/or leasing within the Caldwell City limits are required to keep weeds over eight inches (8”) in height cut down, removed, or destroyed.
No more than four yard sales may be held in a calendar year at one location or address, and no sale may run in excess of three calendar days, thirty days apart from the last.
An officer who has reasonable grounds to believe that a vehicle has been “abandoned” or that a vehicle is inoperative, is authorized to remove the vehicle from a highway or public or private property to a garage or nearest place of safety. Abandoned or inoperative vehicles will be normally towed away 48 hours if on the street or five (5) days if on private property or business property open to the public. All vehicles parked on City streets must be registered and in operative condition, i.e. all tires up, engine running, etc. It is unlawful to maintain junk motor vehicles or parts of junk vehicles on the street, public property or business property open to the public. Violations can result in impoundment of the vehicle and/or a misdemeanor citation.
Please contact Non-emergency dispatch (208) 454-7531 for any of the following violations:
- Dogs--Only three per residence are allowed in all of Canyon County. Dogs are not allowed to run loose or bark excessively.
- Graffiti--Owners must remove.
- Semi-trucks with trailers--Not allowed to be parked on any residential street or alley other than for loading or unloading cargo.
- Parking--Vehicles must be parked in the direction of traffic, no more than 18 inches from the curb. No person shall park a vehicle on the sidewalk.
- Abandoned Vehicles -- see above for description.
To file a complaint click Online Complaint Form.