Common Zoning Violations


  • Dilapidated or structurally unsound fences are the responsibility of the property owner to repair, remove or replace.
  • Swimming pools must be completely surrounded by a fence, wall or barrier not less than 4 feet high with a self-closing and self-latching gate.
  • Replacing a fence over 5 feet high and that includes more than 50 percent of the total fence requires a fence permit from the Planning Department at City Hall. All vertical posts must be 2 to 3 by 8 inches minimum outside diameter standard pipe gauge galvanized steel.

Overhanging Tree Limbs

  • Maintain 14 foot clearance for mature trees overhanging or adjacent to streets, fire lanes or other access ways.
  • Maintain 9 foot minimum vertical clearance for mature trees overhanging or adjacent to walkways and paths.
  • Owners must remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees or broken or decayed limbs that pose a risk to the public’s safety.
  • The city has a right to prune trees overhanging within the public right-of-way that interfere with street lights or traffic controls devices and signs.

Boats/Trailers/Recreational Vehicles

  • Only passenger vehicles such as cars, pickup trucks and vans may park on a driveway between the house and the street
  • Non-passenger vehicles such as boats, campers, trailers or RVs cannot park between the front of the house and the street, on corner lots, non-passenger vehicles cannot park on the driveway between the side of the house and the street
  • Vehicles less than 25-feet long may park on concrete pavement in a side or rear yard behind the front building line, vehicles may park on a non-paved surface in this area if it is enclosed by an opaque screening fence at least 6 feet high
  • Vehicles greater than 25 feet long may park on a residential lot if:
    • It’s enclosed in a three-sided building with an opaque gate or door
    • It’s parked at least behind the house at least 50 feet from the property line
    • It’s parked at least 75 feet from the front property line and 10 feet from side and rear property lines
  • No setback required if the property is zoned for non-residential uses
  • No setback required on property a half-acre in size and fronting an asphalt roadway

Open Storage

  • No open storage or display of building materials or materials for sale.
  • No machinery storage other than what is incidental to the use of the premises.
  • No truck or commercial vehicle storage except one panel delivery or truck not exceeding one ton capacity that is incidental to the main use of the premises.

Garage Sales

  • Application for permit (PDF) to the Development Services Department required with a $5 fee and obtained prior to the sale.
  • No more than 2 garage sale permits issued for any one premise per calendar year.
  • Garage sales may not be conducted as a commercial enterprise or for selling items purchased for resale.
  • The garage sale must not restricted sidewalks or roadways that front or abut the premises where the sale is being conducted.
  • Permitted garage sale may not open before 7 a.m. of any day and must close no later than 7 p.m. on any day.
  • Permit must be issued prior to placement of signs. No more than 3 signs allowed per garage sale.
  • Off-site signs are allowed with the consent of the property owner. Signs are allowed in city street right-of-way but not in medians or on fences, utility poles or other fixed objects. Signs must not obscure vision at intersections or traffic signals.
  • Signs are limited to a maximum area of four square feet and maximum height of three feet (from ground to top of the sign). No balloons, streamers, flags or other similar devices are allowed on the signs.
  • The address of the sale must be on the sign.
  • Signs must be removed promptly after the garage sale.
  • Illegally placed signs will be removed and discarded.

Sign Permits

  • Permits are required for all signs including but not limited to permanent wall or monument signs, banners, flags and promotional signs.
  • The total area of a window sign must not obscure more than 25 percent of the total window area. No flashing signs allowed.
  • All signage in violation must be removed until it is permitted.
  • Application for permit is made in the Development Services Department at City Hall.

Donation Boxes

  • Recycling collection center or freestanding donation boxes are prohibited in residential areas, office parks and C-1 and C-2 commercial areas.
  • They are allowed with a specific use permit and approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council in C-3, I-1, I-2 and other zoning areas.

Realtor/Open House Directional Signs

  • These signs must be no larger than 24 inches by 18 inches in size and cannot be higher than 3 feet above ground.
  • Signs may not be placed closer than 30 feet from an intersection measured from the edge of the right-of-way. Signs are not allowed in the medians.
  • Signs may not be placed closer than 3 feet from the back of the curb.
  • These signs must not obstruct the view of traffic on the roadway and cannot be placed on utility poles, street lights, trees or fences.
  • Signs must only direct to properties within the Mansfield city limits.
  • They must contain the words open or open house as well as a directional arrow. In a smaller font below, the sign must include the realty company, the listing agent and a current cell phone number.
  • Signs are limited to no more than 4 for each address, including the sign on the property.
  • Signs must be non-illuminating, self-supporting and kept good repair and made of metal or plastic only.
  • Open House signs are only allowed on Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and official city holidays. They must be removed no later than 2 hours after the open house event.
  • Signs in violation will be removed by the city.