What is considered junk, and how much can be stored on a property?
Junk in Douglas County is defined as articles of personal property that have outlived their usefulness in their original form, or articles of personal property that have been discarded and are no longer used for their manufactured purpose, regardless of value. The term “junk” includes, but is not limited to:
(a) any derelict motor vehicle, i.e., any used motor vehicle without a vehicle license or with an expired license or is no longer registered;
(b) neglected motor vehicle, i.e., a motor vehicle that is missing critical parts required for the normal and legal operation of the vehicle, but has all of its body parts intact, including fenders, hood, trunk, glass, and tires; or
(c) wrecked motor vehicle, or part thereof, i.e., a motor vehicle that is dismantled or partially dismantled, or having a broken or missing window or windshield, or lacking a wheel or tire;
(d) machinery or parts thereof that are inoperative, worn out, or in a state of disrepair;
(e) any appliances or parts thereof that are inoperative, worn out, or in a state of disrepair;
(f) any worn out or dilapidated indoor fixtures or furnishings, or parts thereof;
(g) any bulk solid waste; and
(h) solid waste items that are of a type or quantity inconsistent with normal and usual use such as wood, metal, scrap and other similar items.


Junk must be stored in an enclosed building, or up to 5 cubic yards can be stored in a rear or side yard screened with a 6 foot solid fence from adjoining properties and right of ways. In addition you are allowed to store up to 3 junk vehicles in a rear or side yard screened with a 6 foot solid fence. More than 5 cubic yards or 4 or more junk vehicles is a public nuisance regardless of screening.

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9. My neighbor has garbaged piled up in their yard, can they do this?
10. What is considered junk, and how much can be stored on a property?
11. I'm going to restore my classic 1973 Ford Pinto. Can I park it in my driveway?
12. Can I keep chickens in my back yard?
13. My neighbor hasn't mowed their lawn in months, is this against code and what can be done?
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