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Property Maintenance & Codes

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The City of Franklin's Building and Neighborhood Services is responsible for local laws and codes, for the purpose of securing the public safety, health, and general welfare through structural strength, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation in dwellings, apartment houses, rooming houses, and other buildings.  The local laws include the International Property Maintenance Code, City of Franklin Municipal Code and the City of Franklin Zoning Ordinance.  If necessary, Neighborhood Resource Officers may also issue a citation to Municipal Court for delinquent taxes and nonpayment of bills for City water service.

Comments, complaints and concerns can be directed via our Online Services , by telephone (615)794-7012, in person, email or mail.

Most common property maintenance violations in the City of Franklin

  1. Garbage and Rubbish
  2. High Grass and Weeds
  3. Inoperable and/or Unlicensed Motor Vehicles
  4. Parking on Front Lawn

Process for Enforcement Actions

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Photo of rubbish violation


Garbage and Rubbish

All premises, exterior property and interior of every structure shall be free from accumulation of rubbish or garbage.  Rubbish and garbage shall be disposed of in a clean and sanitary manner by being placed in an approved container.  The owner of the property is responsible for providing approved containers and is responsible for the removal of rubbish and garbage from the property.  Complying with the above conditions should help curtail infestation of rodents, other animals, insects, and rodent harborage.


High Grass and High Weeds

Photo of high grass violation

All premises, including vacant lots, shall be maintained free from weeds, grass and plant growth in excess of twelve (12) inches in height.  This includes all grasses, annual plants and vegetation.  It does not include trees, shrubs or cultivated (loosened or dig soil around growing plants) flowers or gardens.  Keeping the property free of high grass and high weeds will help curb rodent harborage. 


Inoperable and/or unlicensed motor vehicle

Photo of inoperable vehicle violation

No inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be kept on any premises and no vehicle shall be on the premises in a state of major disrepair.  Inoperable and unlicensed motor vehicles are attractive nuisances for children and can provide harborage for rodents.  Indicators of an inoperable vehicle are: inoperable under its own power, without one or more wheels, without inflated tires, burned throughout, more than one window broken.


Parking a Motor Vehicle on the front lawn

Photo of parking in grass violation

No vehicle should be parked on the front yard/lawn unless the vehicle is parked on an approved driveway or parking pad.





The basic process for enforcement actions is as follows:

  1. Observation of the violation
  2. Notice of Violation (NOV) is delivered to the property owner
  3. If the violation is not corrected by the due date stated in the N.O.V., then a citation to appear in Municipal Court is issued.  Each day that a violation continues is considered a separate offense and the Municipal Court may levy a fine for each offense.  If the violation is not corrected, the City may be forced to take action to abate the violation by having the rubbish removed, the grass cut, towing vehicles, etc. and then take legal action to recover associated costs.

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