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​Code Compliance

Our neighborhoods are the environment in which we live and raise our families. Blight and nuisances can devalue, detract, and degrade the quality of any neighborhood. Therefore, the city has adopted codes (or standards) that govern the use and maintenance of private property in order to ensure that property across the community is maintained to the same standard.

Our Vision: 

To be recognized as the standard and leader in Code Enforcement. We will accomplish this by leading in personal and professional development, engage the community through effective partnerships and collaborative problem-solving to ensure compliance with adopted City ordinances.

Our Mission: 

To maintain and promote a safe and desirable community for all residents and visitors of Thornton. As a team, we strive to make a difference through proactive enforcement, education, communication and impartial enforcement of the adopted municipal codes with respect, empathy and excellent customer service.

We Value Integrity/Safety/Teamwork/Customer Service/Excellence in all we do.

City Code

Code Compliance informs and enforces the city codes for development and nuisances.  We encourage you to use these pages to learn about code violations for the outside of your home, business or property and the city's free graffiti removal program.

What is not enforced by the City

There are some other neighborhood guidelines or issues that do not fall under the city's jurisdiction.

Homeowners Associations (HOAs): Many subdivisions are regulated by Home Owners Associations that impose covenants, which are monitored and enforced by the property management. The city does not enforce HOA covenants. For information on what covenants may apply to your residence, or to report a covenant violation, contact your HOA property management company.  You can find a list of property management companies for Thornton HOAs on the right side of this page.

Manufactured Home Parks: Colorado law requires manufactured home parks to have rules and regulations on the use of the park facilities and other items such as yard and home maintenance, parking, and homesite improvements.  Residents must follow these rules and regulations as well as the city code; the property management of the park enforces these regulations.  To get a copy of the rules and regulations for your manufactured home park, contact your park's property management. The list to the right has a link for the Manufactured Home Park Residents handbook, which explains the Colorado laws applying to manufactured home parks.

Neighbor Disputes: The City cannot handle neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law.  Examples of neighbor disputes include leaves falling in your yard from a neighbor’s tree or sprinkler water that runs from one yard into another. These conditions are private matters between the two property owners. 

Aesthetics: The City cannot handle complaints about a condition that is simply "ugly" or "unattractive." Visual attractiveness does not violate a city code.