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Code Enforcement promotes the health, safety and welfare of all City Of Marshall residents and businesses. Code Enforcment  directly impacts the quality of life, crime rate, and property values of our community. City codes have been enacted by the City Of Marshall  to ensure attractive neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and a peaceful enjoyable community for everyone.

 What do the City Of Marshall codes regulate?

Many subjects are regulated. Some of the most prevalent subjects are weeds, rubbish, derelict vehicles, oversized vehicles, major car repair, parking on front setbacks, parking on surfaced areas, trailers, garage sales, housing, home occupations and home-based businesses, signs, banners.

Is there a penalty for failure to comply to a code?

Typically, a Code Official will issue a summons and complaint to appear in City of Marshall Municipal Court for noncompliance. If a summons is issued, the City Of Marshall Municipal Court decides the guilt or innocence and sets any penalties. Penalties may be a fine and/or days in jail for a code violation.

What other kinds of codes does the City of Marshall monitor?

The International Fire Code, City Of Marshall Zoning Code, International Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes, National Electric Code, Model Traffic Code and City Of Marshall Municipal Codes are usually monitored by Building Inspections. The City Of Marshall Police Department enforces many of the city's traffic and municipal codes.

What about graffiti?

Graffiti includes any unwanted paintings, markings, symbols, figures, etc. placed on any property by an unwanted party. If you see graffiti--vandalism--in progress, call 911 immediately with the location and description of the participant. Prompt removal of graffiti helps to discourage further incidents of graffiti in our neighborhoods.

Can I run a business out of my house?

The City of Marshall does regulate home occupations; however home-based businesses are prohibited. Certain home occupations are allowed but they are restricted to the interior of the principal structure, with no outside evidence that a business exists. There are also restrictions on signage and types of businesses that can work out of your home. 

What are the rules regarding outdoor storage?

Items intended for outdoor use on a residential property such as a picnic table, a barbecue grill, or metal and plastic patio furniture are permitted. Children's toys and bicycles are also allowed to be kept outdoors.

Items intended for indoor use such as household appliances and upholstered furniture designed as bedroom, living room, or office furniture or as dining tables and chairs are not permitted to be stored outside an enclosed structure on residential property.

Tools, equipment, and other supplies utilized in automobile repair or construction are not permitted to be stored outside an enclosed structure on residential property. However, homeowners who have a valid and recent building permit are allowed to neatly store small quantities of required supplies during construction or remodeling.

Who should I contact to get information about codes?

Call the City of Marshall Code Enforcement Division Official Varnessa Slade at (903) 934-7833




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