Examples of Code Violations
High Grass & Weeds
Grass or weeds over 9 inches high on residential or commercial lots and 12 inches in fields or on undeveloped lots are in violation of the City of Galena Park’s ordinances. High grass contributes to blight conditions, creates an insect and rodent harborage and becomes a nuisance. It can also make grass fires more dangerous for fire fighters and home owners. A fee will be charged to the property owner if the City mows the property. A lien can be placed against the property if the bill is not paid.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6, Article 6.200
Junk vehicles are defined as those that are inoperable and do not have current registration or inspection stickers. If a car has been inoperable for 45 continuous days regardless of the fact that it has current registration and inspection, it is still considered a junk vehicle. Covering a vehicle with a tarp is not a remedy for this violation and does not protect it from the enforcement of this ordinance. The vehicle must be kept in an enclosure with walls on all four sides. A "carport" will not protect the vehicle from enforcement either. The vehicle must be completely kept from view of the public.
Code of Ordinances Chapter 7, Article 7.700
A permit is required to hold a garage sale. Permits are issued at City Hall at a small charge, forty-eight hours prior to the sale and must include locations of any signs that will be posted. Garage sales are allowed once every three months, cannot be held for more than three consecutive days and cannot begin before 7 a.m. nor last longer than 8p.m. No more than five signs are allowed and must not be any larger than two feet by two feet. Signs cannot be posted on any utility easements or telephone poles and must be removed within twenty-four hours after the sale has ended.
Code of Ordinances Chapter 4 Article 4.900
Any loud noise considered to be loud, irritating or disturbing violates the City’s loud noise ordinance. Loud
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 7 Article 7.101
No fireworks are allowed inside the City Limits. It shall be unlawful for any person to store, to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use or explode any fireworks or blasting agents within the city.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5 Article 5.600
No person shall, within five hundred (500) feet of a residence, keep or maintain at one place within the corporate limits of the City of Galena Park more than two (2) dogs or two (2) cats, except that puppies or kittens less than three (3) months of age when kept with their mother shall not be included. All dogs and cats are to have their rabies vaccination and city license. Horses are not allowed within the City Limits. Violations of this ordinance carry a maximum fine of $500 each day the violation exists.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 Article 2.200
Soliciting (Permit Required)
It shall be unlawful for any person to go from house-to-house or from place-to-place in the city soliciting, selling or taking orders for or offering to sell or take orders for any goods, wares, merchandise, services, photographs, newspapers, magazines or subscriptions to newspapers or magazines, without having first applied for and obtained a permit to do so from the city permits clerk. It shall also be unlawful to sell or solicit in the city without carrying such permit while engaged in such soliciting or selling.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Article 4.500
The City enforces a juvenile curfew for those 17 years of age and younger unless accompanied by a parent. It starts at Midnight and ends at 6 A.M.; Code of Ordinances, Chapter 7, Article 7.900.
Burning Inside City Limits
Burning is prohibited inside the city limits of Galena Park.
No discharge of firearms is allowed within the City Limits.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 7, Article 7.200