Neighborhoods mean home…they’re where we live, work, and play. Together, they make our community. We want them to be clean and safe. They are our biggest investment, and we want to take pride in their appearance.
The Pacolet Police Department in coordination with the Town Administrator are in teamwork to combat code violations in town. When a violation occurs, the Code Enforcement Officer will give written notice to property owners allowing them a reasonable time to correct problems. Owners who fail to correct the violations could be summoned to Municipal Court by the Pacolet Police Department.
The Town of Pacolet cares about your neighborhood. It’s your home. It’s where you spend a large part of your life. We want it to be a safe and pleasant place for you to live.
TOWN OF PACOLET ORDINANCE:
Chapter 14: ENVIROMENT
ARTICLE I. – IN GENERAL
*State Law Reference-Authority to define and abate public health nuisances, S.C. Code 1976, § 5-7-30; ordinances relating to the upkeep of property within the municipality, S.C. Code 1976, § 5-7-80.
Secs. 14-1—14-18. – Reserved.
ARTICLE II. – HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS OR NUISANCES
Sec. 14-19. – Unlawful hazardous conditions.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or to permit to be maintained upon any real property within the Town the following conditions which are declared to be a menace to the public health and a nuisance:
- Grass, weeds, brush, or undergrowth that grows to a height of 12 inches or more.
- Shrubbery or other plants or any sign or structure which obstructs the view of the operators of motor vehicles or which creates a dangerous or hazardous condition at the intersection of any street.
- Any accumulation of trash, litter, debris, bottles, cans, scrap lumber or other building debris.
- All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation. If rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not injure human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent re-infestation.
- No inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Cars are to be covered with authorized car covers; this excludes tarps of any kind. If the Town of Pacolet tows a car for any reason the owner is responsible for all towing charges.
Sec. 14-20. – Notice to owners; objections and hearing.
- Whenever it is made to appear to the council or any other officer of the Town that the conditions set forth in section 14-19 exist on any real property within the Town and are a menace to the public health or a nuisance, the Town shall notify the owner of the property by addressing to and mailing to him at his last known address a notice requiring him within 15 days to clear the premises or otherwise abate such nuisance.
- If the owner or occupant of any such property after receipt of the notice objects to the proposed removal or abatement, he shall present his objections in writing to the council within ten days after the receipt of the notice and shall request a hearing before Town council. Upon failure to object and request a hearing, the owner or occupant shall be deemed to have consented to the determination that the conditions of such property constitute a menace to the public health or are a nuisance.
Sec. 14-21. – Cost of removal.
If after notice the owner fails or refuses to clear the property or abate the nuisance, the Town may go upon the property to correct the conditions and the cost of such shall be a lien upon the property and shall be collectable in the same manner as municipal taxes.
Sec. 14-22. – Failure to remove a misdemeanor.
Any owner or occupant of property who shall fail or refuse to cut weeds, hedges, shrubs or other vegetation or remove accumulations of trash, litter or debris after receiving notice from the Town within the time prescribed by section 14-20 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sec. 14-23. – Burning rubbish
It shall be unlawful to burn any material that results in offensive or objectionable smoke, odor or emissions, or when atmospheric conditions or other local circumstances make such fires hazardous. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the open burning of leaves, tree branches or yard trimmings if attended by a responsible party at all times and not located closer than fifty (50) feet from any structure. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sec. 14-24. – Shrubs, etc. on property adjacent to street intersections interfering with view of vehicles.
- It shall be unlawful for owners, tenants or occupants of property contiguous or adjacent to intersections of streets to permit or maintain on such property or lot any trees, bushes, shrubbery or other plant or any sign or structure which obstructs the view of the operators of motor vehicles or which creates a dangerous or hazardous condition.
- This section shall not be applicable to intersections in which traffic is controlled by a traffic-control signal exhibiting green, yellow and red signals.
- Notification of owners to cut or remove. The owners, tenants or occupants of such property shall, within ten (10) days after receiving written notice from the Town Administrator or other duly authorized agent of the Town, remove such trees, bushes, shrubbery or other plant or sign or structure of any type as referred to in subsection A. so that the vision of persons operating motor vehicles entering intersections of streets will not be obscured or obstructed thereby, and so that the approach of other vehicles may be readily observed.
- Failure of owner to comply with notice; removal by Town; report and collection of cost. Upon the failure of the owner, tenant or occupant to comply with the notice of the Town Administrator or other duly authorized agent of the Town within ten (10) days, under the provisions of subsection C. or when such property is vacant and the owner thereof cannot be found in the Town, the Town Administrator or other duly authorized agent of the Town shall cause such weeds, hedges, shrubs or other vegetation to be cut or removed so that they will not obscure or obstruct the vision of persons operating motor vehicles entering such intersections, and will not prevent the ready observation of the approach of other vehicles. Failure to comply with such notice will result in the Town being able to file a lien on the real estate.
- Failure to remove to constitute misdemeanor. Any owner, tenant or occupant of property who shall fail or refuse to remove or cut weeds, hedges, shrubs or other vegetation there from, after receiving notice from the Town Administrator or other duly authorized agent of the Town, and within the time prescribed in subsection D., shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sec. 14-25. – Burned-out buildings.
It is hereby declared that partially burned-out buildings are unsightly and constitute a public nuisance.
Sec. 14-26. – Dilapidate buildings. (Residential and Business)
It is hereby declared that buildings, both residential and business, which are permitted by an owner to become dilapidated to the extent that rubbish, debris, and unsightly material or conditions exist, constitute a public nuisance.