Common Code Violations

The code enforcement officer enforces both the Highland City Municipal and Development code. Below is a list of common code violations and questions the code enforcement department receives. Any report of a code violation is confidential and will be inspected. 

Reporting a code violation is confidential. In order to report a code violation you can submit through Request Tracker or contact the code enforcement department at 801-772-4506.

Building Without a Permit

A permit must be obtained for sheds, gazebos, additions, decks, pools, remodels, furnaces / air conditioners, water heaters, fences, and any other structures including gas, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems. Permits are also needed to move, remove, or demolish any structures. Accessory structures over 200 square feet also require a permit.

High Weeds & Vacant Lots

When weeds or other vegetation create a fire hazard or public safety issues or interfere with the public right of way, the Code Compliance Division may issue a notice or citation to the property owner requesting that the property be mowed or cleared.

Fire Code requires the weeds to be 12 inches or less. 

Front Yard Landscaping

At least 70% of the area within the front or side yard is required to be landscaped within one year of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

Clear View Intersections

A clear vision area is measured 40 feet from an intersection. Within this area, no shrub, plant, tree, fence, or other opaque material can exceed three feet in height. Furthermore, tree limbs need to be trimmed so that they are not lower than six feet from the ground..

For visual representation of the Clear Sight Triangle, please see the Clear View Diagram.


  • Commercial Vehicles: Parking of commercial vehicles (vehicles, trailers, or construction equipment used for business) in residential zones shall be limited to one commercial vehicle not to exceed a one-ton chassis per lot.
  • Trailers in Street:  Camper, travel trailer or boat, or any other trailer parked shall not exceed forty-eight hours of being parked on the street. 
  • Parking Vehicles in the Street During Snow Removal: No motor vehicles shall be parked on the City streets from December 1st to March 31st between the hours of 12 AM to 8 AM or any time snow is present so as to provide access to snow plows for snow removal. 


Trees on private property or in the parking strip shall be planted and maintained by the property owner.

  • Hanging limb and branch growth shall be maintained thirteen (13) feet above streets and eight (8) feet above sidewalks.