Code Enforcement

Working together to maintain and improve the character of our community. 

It takes a little bit of work from everyone to help keep Seabrook great, and it all starts at home. By maintaining your home, you help your community thrive. Here are some of the ways that unmaintained properties affect the city at large.

Examples of common city code violations

Junk Vehicles

Vehicles that are wrecked, not registered, or not in working condition are detrimental to public welfare and safety. These vehicles– which also include watercraft– reduce property value and invite crime and vandalism to the area. Think of a vehicle with one or more flat tires, a boat with severe damage to the hull, or a car without wheels that has been propped up on jacks or blocks. Vehicles in this state are not allowed to be stored on your lawn or driveway. 

View Ordinance Chapter 55, Article IV, Division 2

Lawn Parking

Vehicles parked on grass or any green space along the front or side yards are prohibited. All wheels must be parked on an approved surface like concrete, asphalt, or pavers. Not only does it create a cleaner appearance, but your lawn will appreciate it, too. 

View Appendix A, Article 5, of the Code of Ordinances

Yard Maintenance

Grass and weeds should not exceed nine inches in height in the front or back yard. Tall grass creates a breeding ground for mosquitos, rats, and other vermin. While maintaining your yard, remember that it must also be free of loose trash, debris, and rubbish. 

View Ordinance Chapter 55, Article III, Section 55-23

Water Features

A pool that has not been maintained poses a serious health risk. Mosquitos can carry life-threatening illnesses and thrive in stagnant water. Snakes and other small wildlife may take over your pool or water feature. And when pool water is opaque and the bottom obscured, it poses a drowning risk to children. 

View Ordinance Chapter 18, Article IV, Division 9

Construction

Most property construction requires a building permit. If you aren’t sure if your project needs a permit, please contact the building department by calling (281) 291-5669 or by emailing the permitting department. By reaching out, you are protecting yourself as the homeowner, the safety of your family, and the value of your home by ensuring all building codes, city ordinances, and insurance regulations have been followed.

View Ordinance Chapter 18, Article II, Section 18-28 and Chapter 18, Article III, Section 18-56

Property Maintenance

Brick, wood, siding, shingles, and other exterior parts of the house must be kept in good repair. Interior walls, ceilings, floors, and other structures must be in sound condition. All electrical, heating, and plumbing fixtures must be maintained to meet minimum standards. 

View Ordinance Chapter 18, Article IV, Division 11

Thank you for doing your part to help the Seabrook community. If you have any questions or concerns about the various codes of the City of Seabrook, call the Code Enforcement Department at (281) 291-5669 or send them an email.

Report Code Enforcement Violations

A code enforcement officer will investigate the reported violation within 3 days of receiving a request.