Ordinances prevent nuisance neighbors from becoming home value destroying plagues.
Dogs and other pets may brighten your life, but other people's pets can be a nuisance. Situations like constant barking, a pet running loose, and a master who refuses to clean up after the pet who digs up yards, causes angst for some neighbors. Local ordinances like leash laws, pooper-scooper regulations, and noise ordinances provide a minimum level of social guidance and refereeing to these types of situations in certain areas.
Other offensive noises, for example, your neighbor likes cutting his lawn at five in the morning, are also regulated by these ordinances. Typically, quiet time is ten at night until seven in the morning.
Lighting becomes an issue between neighbors. Flood lights, security lights, even Christmas lights pollute the darkness. Lighting rules set a local standard for behavior.
Not just the time, but the frequency of grass cutting, can become an issue. High grass serves as a pest habitat; and in time, a snake habitat. Local rules establish an acceptable height of grass.
Trash and junk control are typical subject to city ordinances. Too much trash attracts vermin, and too much junk is unsightly. Ten junk cars on a residential block does not raise the surrounding property values either.
Fences around pools and their proximity to roads, as well as the type or location of a mailbox, can all be subject to local norms. Conformity is not meant to be creatively stifling as much as safety and service is meant to be enhanced.
Ordinances set a local acceptable norm for situations and acts that could otherwise be a constant source of neighborhood conflict.
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