Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement

The Kannapolis Code Enforcement Division is responsible for investigating code violations on existing residential, commercial, industrial and vacant buildings within City limits.
If you wish to file a complaint regarding potential code violation on private property, call the Planning Department Office at 704-933-5999 x2. Code Enforcement officers are often in the field working with citizens to find resolutions to problems such as junk vehicles or overgrown yards. If necessary, please leave a message to allow Code Enforcement personnel to follow up on your call.

The Code Enforcement Division aims to preserve and enhance the safety, appearance and economic stability of our community through the diligent enforcement of applicable ordinances and land use regulations.

Code Enforcement Brochure

The following guidelines address the most common violations:

Inoperative Vehicles
Dilapidated Housing
Restrictive Covenants
Semi-trucks and Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas
RV’s and Watercraft in Residential Areas
Weeds and Litter
Parking in the Front Yard
Banners, Temporary Signs, and Political Signs
Prohibited Signs
Is a plot plan required for a residential permit?
Do I need a permit for a fence?
Accessory Buildings
Accessory Living Quarters
Additions to Existing Buildings
Home Occupations
Horses, Cows, Chickens and other Livestock
Manufactured Homes
Swimming Pools

Inoperative Vehicles (Junk Cars)

All motor vehicles parked in a residential zone must be self-propelled in the manner in which they were originally intended to move and must also lawfully display a current license plate. Inoperative vehicles must be stored inside a building or carport. One inoperative vehicle may be stored in the rear yard, so long as it is entirely concealed from view by an acceptable covering, for a period of up to 60 days.

Dilapidated Housing

All residential dwelling units must meet the minimum housing standards set forth in the City’s Minimum Housing Code. If the housing inspector / code enforcement officer determines that a dwelling fails to meet the specified criteria shall either be repaired to the required standards or removed. For more information on the City’s minimum housing standards, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 704.933.5999 x2.

Restrictive Covenants

Only regulations specifically found in the Unified Development Ordinance and the Kannapolis City Code are enforced by the Zoning Enforcement office. Restrictive covenants are not considered in assessing zoning requirements; however, restrictive covenants may be more restrictive than zoning regulations and enforced through civil action by a neighborhood association or Architectural Control Committee, etc.

Semi-trucks and Commercial Vehicle Parking in Residential Areas

It is unlawful for commercial vehicles to be parked and/or stored in any of the city’s primary residential zoning districts. Commercial vehicles are defined as: vehicles with 2 axles, a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials, construction vehicles designed for off-road usage, and vehicles requiring the driver to have either a Class A or Class B North Carolina Driver’s License or the equivalent.

RV’s and Watercraft in Residential Areas

Not more than 1 Recreational Vehicle (RV) is allowed to be parked and/or stored on a lot within any primary residential district for a period of 60 days or more. No RV’s may be occupied for 30 days or more unless it is located within a legal manufactured home park or RV park.

No RV’s or watercraft vehicle may be parked and/or stored in the front yard.

Weeds and Litter

Any growth of weeds to a height greater than eighteen inches (18″) or any accumulation of weeds and/or debris is prohibited on occupied and unoccupied land within the city. To report a weed violation call 704-933-5999 x2.

Parking in the Front Yard

No vehicles are allowed to be parked in a front yard unless it is completely upon an improved driveway or improved parking pad. Please contact the City’s Planning Department at 704.933.5999 x2 for questions or additional information on the specific standards related to front yard parking.

Banners, Temporary Signs and Political Signs

Businesses advertising special events may display one banner for a period of 60 days. The banner must be located on the property of the business it is advertising and must be attached to the front wall of the building. No banner may be attached to a roof structure, within the public right-of-way, sight triangle, or attached to any other existing signs or structures. The maximum size for banners is 24 square feet.

Special event signs for public and non-profit organizations are allowed for varying amounts of time (dependent of the activity). Such signs cannot be illuminated or located within a public right-of-way or sight triangle.

Political signs cannot be illuminated or located within a public right-of-way, closer than 10 feet from the edge of street pavement, or within a required sight triangle. The signs may not be affixed to trees or utility poles. All portable and roof-mounted signs are prohibited. Political signs shall be no taller than 4 feet or larger than 6 square feet in area. They may be displayed up to 45 days prior to an election and concluding 48 hours after the election’s end.

Prohibited Signs

  • Outdoor Advertising Signs (Billboards)
  • Off-premise signs (except as specifically permitted)
  • Roof Signs
  • Portable Signs
  • Signs containing or consisting of pennants, ribbons, streamers, festoon lighting, balloons (or inflatable signs), or spinners
  • Signs that fail to meet the provisions of the Kannapolis UDO

 

Is a plot plan required for a residential permit?

Yes. A plot plan, which includes the lot lines, proposed building footprint, driveway location and impervious surface calculations, must be provided before a zoning permit will be issued for a residential structure.

Do I need a permit for a fence?

Fencing is exempt from the requirements of the Kannapolis Unified Development Ordinance. No permit is required for installation.

Accessory Buildings

Accessory buildings or uses are not allowed on a lot until construction of the principal building has commenced or primary use is established. Accessory buildings are required to meet the setback standards set forth in Table 4.7-1 of the Unified Development Ordinance. Accessory structures must be located at least thirty-six (36) inches from the exterior walls of the principal structure, or they will be considered as additions and must conform to all applicable setbacks for principal structures.

Accessory Buildings (Lots less than 2 acres)

Accessory buildings are not allowed within the front yard of residential properties smaller than two (2) acres in size. They may be built in the required rear yard but may not occupy more than thirty percent (30%) of the rear yard and may not be closer than five (5) feet to any side or rear lot line.

Accessory Buildings (Lots greater than 2 acres)

Accessory buildings on lots greater than two (2) acres may be located in the front yard but not closer than seventy-five feet (75′) from the front property line/street right-of-way.

Accessory Living Quarters

Accessory dwellings and accessory apartments are allowed as a conditional use on a case-by-case basis by approval of the Board of Adjustment. The accessory living quarters may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the square footage of the livable area of the primary structure or 1,100 square feet of gross floor area, whichever is greater. Additional standards apply and are located within Section 5.3 of the Unified Development Ordinance.

Additions to Existing Buildings

All additions to existing buildings must be approved by the City’s Planning Department office prior to construction. The building addition is subject to the same use and setback restrictions as the existing structure. Additions will also require the issuance of a building permit.

Home Occupations

Certain businesses may be run from the home. Generally, the business must be of an office nature, such as a low-key service business, with the use being primarily for administrative functions, such as receiving phone calls and mail. Outdoor storage related to the business (i.e. tools, inventory etc.) is prohibited.

Horses, Cows, Chickens and other Livestock

No livestock are allowed within any Residential Zoning District (with the exception of the AG Agricultural District) on any lot less than two (2) acres in size. Certain livestock are allowed on lots exceeding two (2) acres in size, provided the livestock are fenced and no closer than one hundred fifty feet (150′) from a dwelling unit.

Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes are permitted by right in the areas established as “Manufactured Home Overlay Districts” as shown on the City’s Official Zoning Map. These homes are subject to the supplemental requirements specified in Section 4.17 of the Unified Development Ordinance. Existing manufactured homes located outside of the designated Manufactured Home Overlay Districts may only be replaced with the issuance of a Certificate of Nonconformity Adjustment. All applications for Certificates of Nonconformity Adjustment are considered by the City’s Board of Adjustment. All replacement manufactured homes must conform to the design and installation standards of Section 4.17.8.2 of the Unified Development Ordinance.

Swimming Pools

Private swimming pools are allowed in any residential zoning district, provided the pool and all appurtenances are not located within a front yard and are set back at least five feet (5′) from all lot lines. If any pool contains at least four-hundred fifty feet (450′) of water surface area or has a depth of thirty-six (36) inches or greater at its shallowest point, the pool must be enclosed from adjoining lots by the principal building, an accessory building, a solid wall or a protective fence of not less than four feet (4′) in height. As an alternative, a pool cover may be provided and installed when the pool is not in use.