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Most Commonly Asked Neighborhood Questions/Concerns
Please find below some of the common types of inquiries the Neighborhood Services Division addresses:
1. My neighbor is not cutting his grass.
Answer: You may not allow weeds/grass to grow in excess of twelve (12) inches. If you would like to file a complaint, please call 856-CITY or follow this link to Citizens First.
2. My neighbor's yard is a mess and trash is everywhere.
Answer: An accumulation of trash/debris on a property may be a violation of the public nuisance ordinance and must be cleaned up. If you would like to file a complaint, please call 856-CITY or follow this link to Citizens First.
3. I am planning an addition to my house or building a detached garage. What are the setbacks for my property?
Answer: There are different setback requirements for building additions and accessory structures. For more information, please contact the Zoning and Natural Resources Division at 455-3900.
4. How do I get a handicap parking space in front of my house?
Answer: There is an application process for getting a handicap parking space in front of a house. Please contact Numan Franklin at 455-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
5. A tree is hanging over my property from my neighbor's yard and I want the City to do something about it.
Answer: The City only addresses tree complaints when there is an apparent hazard to or from public property. Many tree complaints are considered a private nuisance and must be addressed by the affected private property owners.
6. My neighbor has a junk vehicle or someone has left their junk vehicle on my property.
Answer: Vehicles on private property must have valid state tags, state inspection and must be in running order. Vehicles on the street are addressed by the Lynchburg Police Department. Please contact 856-City or follow this link to Citizens First to file a complaint. Please provide a description of the vehicle and specify whether it is on public or private property.
7. I believe there are too many people living in the house next door.
Answer: In general, no more than three (3) unrelated people are allowed to reside in a dwelling unit (apartment, home, trailer, duplex unit, etc.) anywhere within the City limits. There are many different scenarios and each case may be different. Please provide as much description as possible and file a complaint by calling 856-CITY or following this link to Citizens First.
8. I believe there is an illegal business next door.
Answer: There are certain businesses allowed to operate out of a single-family dwelling. If you believe the business might not be allowed, please provide as much information as possible by calling 856-CITY or following this link to Citizens First.
9. How high may I build my fence and what are the setbacks from neighbor's yard?
Answer: Even though a permit to construct a fence is not required, there are height restrictions that must be obeyed. Please contact the Zoning and Natural Resources Division at 455-3900 for more information before erecting your fence.
10. I would like to put up a sign on my business. What are the restrictions? What about banners or temporary signs?
Answer: If you want to install a sign on your business, there are restrictions for size, height and number of signs depending on the zoning classification where your business is located. Please contact the Zoning and Natural Resources Division at 455-3900 for further information or follow this link to the sign permit application.
11. The house next door is vacant and people appear to be using it for suspicious activity.
Answer: Vacant structures are secured by the City if the owner fails to comply. Please file a complaint by calling 856-CITY or following this link to Citizens First.
12. Can my neighbor park his commercial vehicle on his property?
Answer: In general, no commercial vehicles can be parked or stored in a residential district. Please file a complaint by calling 856-CITY or following this link to Citizens First.
13. How do I apply for a business license?
Answer: The start of the approval process for obtaining a business license begins with the Zoning and Natural Resources Division. Please visit the Zoning and Natural Resources page for the Business License Zoning Approval form.