Code Enforcement

Community Services Division (CSO)

The Community Services Division works closely within the community to protect public health, safety, and welfare by enforcing city codes and to enhance and safeguard the quality of life of our community through education, guidance and enforcement. The division takes care of several functions in the City of Brighton. The Community Services Officers (CSOs) are responsible for Animal Welfare, Code Enforcement, Parking Enforcement, and they assist with some of the patrol division’s cold calls.

As always, you can contact Code Enforcement with any questions or to report a violation. You can also report a violation online with our Report a Concern page.

Code Enforcement 

Brighton residents can take an active role in maintaining and improving the quality of our community by following Brighton's Municipal Code. View Brighton's Municipal Code page. The most common codes enforced by the CSO division are outlined below.

The CSO division focuses on enforcing nuisance codes within the city.  If things like weeds, junk, trash, and inoperable vehicles are allowed to get out of control it not only affects the look of the city, but it can also have an overall effect on the crime rate in those areas. 


Weeds and Grass (Chapter 8)

On all properties under one acre in size, and properties over one acre that are not currently growing an agricultural crop, all grass/weeds must be kept below 6” in height.  This includes the front yard, side yard, backyard and alley if one is along your property. If the property is over one acre, and growing an agricultural crop, a 20’ perimeter must be mowed around the property.

Refuse and Rubbish/Junk (Chapter 8)

Junk, trash, debris, brush piles, and appliances cannot be left outside on any residential property in the city.  Please refer to the city code for the definitions of junk, trash, debris, and rubbish.

Parking on Private Property (Chapter 10) 

All vehicles that are parked on private property in the city must be currently licensed and operable.  Vehicles must be on an approved parking surface (rock, gravel, concrete, asphalt).  Vehicles over 8000 pounds cannot be parked on residentially zoned properties, with the exception of RVs.

Sidewalks (Chapter 12)

It is the responsibility of the property owner to repair any sidewalk/gutter damage that occurs on their property.  The city does have a program to assist with the cost.  Please contact us for further information.

Snow and ice must be cleared from all sidewalks within 24 hours of any snowfall.  The sidewalk must also remain clear of all other obstructions at all times.  Some examples include weeds, basketball hoops, signs, landscaping materials, etc.)

Graffiti (Chapter 9)

Please contact the non-emergency dispatch line between 7am and 5pm to report any graffiti found on your property, or anywhere in the city.  A CSO will respond to take a report.

As the property owner, it is your responsibility to clean up/remove the graffiti after the report has been taken.  This should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than seven days.  By removing the graffiti quickly, you will reduce the chances of more showing up in the area.

Signs - Garage Sales/ Yard Sales / Advertisement (Article 9 in Land Use)

Signs cannot be posted in the public right-of-way.  This includes roadside, utility poles, street signs, etc. Citizens are encouraged to use two public bulletin boards located at Brighton Recreation Center (555 N 11th St.), and Platte River Ranch (Bromley Lane Entrance) to post sale information.

Parking on Public Property (Chapter 10)

No person shall park, keep or store any truck, tractor, trailer, semitrailer, truck of two tons carrying capacity or more, construction equipment, or tow truck on any public right of way or on private property in a residential zone except while the driver is making deliveries. No boat, boat trailer, trailer, travel trailer, tent trailer, horse trailer, mini-home, or Class A motorhome shall not be parked, stored, or placed on any public right of way or street for a period in excess of 1 hour.  An exception is made for campers/motorhomes that are being loaded/unloaded.  They can remain parked for 48 hours.

Other parking laws that are enforced include expired tags, inoperable vehicles, parking in front of fire hydrants, overweight vehicles, parking too close to a driveway or traffic control device, parking where prohibited by sign, etc.