Chronic Nuisance Ordinance

Last year, City Council passed the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance, which states generally that if you have three nuisance activities (tall grass, trash, dead trees, etc.) or two drug related criminal activities at the same location over a set time period, your property will be declared a chronic nuisance property and the cost of any future nuisance responses by the city will be billed to the property.

As with many things, an evaluation of our code enforcement and criminal activity aligned with the old 80/20 rule.  80% of the problems are caused by 20% of the properties.  In our case, it may actually be closer to a 90/10 rule.   This ordinance is designed to identify and take action against those 5-10% of the properties in the city that do not take action to curb ongoing nuisance activity in your neighborhoods.

The Ordinance required some software assistance from Information Systems and better coordination between code enforcement and the Middletown Division of Police.  Staff has been working on this process most of the year and we will be rolling out enforcement of the chronic nuisance ordinance starting this week.

If there are questions about the ordinance or the enforcement, feel free to ask us. If you are worried about the City being heavy handed, there is an appeal process for each nuisance and for the designation as a chronic nuisance.

Our only goal here is to curb recurring nuisance activity in your neighborhoods.  If the owner removes the cause of the nuisance, we go away and they don’t hear from us and your neighborhood is a little quieter, cleaner and safer than before.

We sincerely hope the citizens will work with us to clean up our neighborhoods and improve safety throughout the city.  The only reason we exist is to make your life a little easier and better.  We work hard on that every day.

Have a great week.




7 thoughts on “Chronic Nuisance Ordinance

  1. How do I file a nuisance complaint? My mothers house is in danger of having a dead tree fall on it with her inside, and the owner of the house will not respond to our requests to have it removed. He rents the house out and the person who lives there has tall grass and weeds, and all kinds of trash in the yard too.


  2. I hope this applies to Barking dogs! we can’t work here at our office at Wildwood Office Park.
    because of a barking dog at 3104 Buttercup court.


  3. Please help our neighborhood there is a house that almost every night they are screaming and fighting throwing things so loud the police have been called many times they are alcoholics neighbors can’t even sit on their porch enjoy the evening I love my grandchildren I’m not allowed to keep them because of it been going on about 6 months I know they haven’t had any utilities or water since Feb they borrow water off a neighbor to flush and ask other if she can take showers I have been Cocerned ffor the young women wellbeing her step mother owns the house they have other young people running in and out not minors but young people I just pray for someone to help her no utilities for 6 months no water can’t be healthy but they would rather buy alcohol she don’t work I think he does some I think someone tried to turn the meters back on in jan.they have to be fixed but landlord not going to fix I do know them they are just fed up with situation but don’t want to put her on the street I do feel sorry for them I have an alcoholic living with me my daughter she knows them she used to go over there but they stole money from her and iPad she still talks to them she got iPad back after a month and going to press charges we have had several items stolen in our back yard several of our neighbors have to we want our neighborhood back


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