Most Requested City Codes
The following are the most requested City ordinances. They have been paraphrased from the original ordinance.
Junked Or Inoperable Vehicles
- All vehicles on any property must be currently licensed, and in operating condition. A vehicle with a flat tire, broken out window or expired plates is considered to be inoperable. Inoperable vehicles may not be stored on any property for longer than 96 hours.
- Recreational vehicles may be stored on a rear or side yard (except on a side yard of a corner lot adjacent to a street) provided that no more than one RV be parked or stored outside of an established driveway, in a front yard on an approved driveway, and 12 feet from the street.
- RV’s must be operable and display a current license and registered to the resident or owner of the property. One RV over the size of 7.5’ H X 7.5’ W X 22’ L is allowed per property.
- A motorized RV must be parked on an parking area constructed with concrete, asphalt, concrete pavers, brick set in compacted sand, or other impervious or semi-impervious material. Non-motorized RV’s may be stored on a parking area that meets the requirements for motorized vehicles or on a decorative rock surface.
- RV’s may not be used as a residence.
- Snowmobiles, boats and all terrain vehicles must be stored on a currently licensed and operable trailer, on an approved surface and yard area, and tightly covered.
- Definition of an oversize vehicle: Any vehicle whose dimensions exceed 22 feet in length, or 7 1/2 feet in width, or 7 1/2 feet in height.
- An oversize vehicle may not be parked or stand continuously for more than four hours on any residence property or on any public street in the city.
- No person may park or place any motor vehicle in the yard area of any lot within the city, except in established driveway areas.
- Garbage, recyclable, and yard waste containers must be stored in an enclosed structure or the rear or side of the property immediately adjacent to a principal or accessory structure. Containers may not be stored in front of any part of the principal building on the property except for garbage pickup day.
- All garbage and refuse must be bagged or packaged prior to placement into a container. Containers must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition and tightly covered.
Garbage and Refuse Disposal
- The tenant, owner, or occupant of a private dwelling, house, multiple residence, store, restaurant, and other types of property in the city which accumulate garbage and/or refuse must dispose of garbage/refuse at least once each week and as often as once each business day to protect the public health.
- No person may accumulate debris or refuse on any property in the city which might constitute a nuisance by reason of appearance, odor, sanitation, littering of the property on which the refuse is accumulated, or an adjacent property, or a fire hazard.
Grass and Weeds (subd. 2(h)
- Grass or weeds over the height of six inches is prohibited.
Garbage And Refuse
- Richfield City ordinance prohibits the outside storage of garbage and refuse on any property in the city. The following items are examples of refuse: cans, paper, cardboard, bottles, wood (not firewood) appliances, furniture, tires, bricks, cement, etc. or any other household refuse or materials. City ordinance requires that residents contract with a licensed refuse hauler for garbage collection or provide an environmentally sound alternative, such as, self hauling to a licensed disposal facility or shared garbage service with a neighbor.
Vehicles "For Sale"
- Vehicles "For Sale" cannot be displayed in any area other than an established driveway. They may not be placed in the street or in any private parking lot in Richfield.
- Buildings and homes must have their address numbers located on them and be large enough to be read from the street.
- Only organic materials such as grass clippings, leaves, flowers, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit scraps and egg shells may be placed in a compost.
- Composting must be enclosed and cannot exceed 100 cubic feet.
- Composting must be located in the rear yard, at least three feet from any property line.
- Composting may not create a health hazard or a nuisance to adjoining properties.