that involve altering, repairing, constructing, or moving a structure
require a permit. It is the responsibility of the owner, not the
contractor, to ensure the proper permit have been obtained before
beginning construction. Please contact the Permits and Inspections
Department at 281-275-2270 for more information about how to obtain
High Grass & Weeds
property owners are responsible for maintaining the grass and vegetation
on their property. This includes the front, back and sides of a yard.
Grass and weeds need to be trimmed and maintained to prevent them from
growing too high. Properties must have the weeds and grass trimmed to a
height of 9 inches or less on any portion of the property. The code also
applies to any public right-of-way or easement located on the property,
including the area between a public sidewalk and public street /
highway, as well as ditches / drainage channels.
A junk vehicle is
defined as inoperative, or unlicensed, or in a state of major
disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or
dismantled for more than 72 hours, if the vehicle is on public property;
or 30 consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property.
Stagnant or Polluted Water
and polluted water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes; therefore,
property owners are responsible for keeping their property clear of
stagnant or polluted water. Typical sources of stagnant water that
should be monitored include pools that are in disrepair, storing tires
outdoors, and improperly graded yards.
Swimming Pool Violation
The City of
Sugar Land requires that a fence or some other type of barrier at least
48 inches in height from the ground be placed around all swimming pools
and spas that have more than 24 inches of water in them. All gates and
doors attaching to that fence must be self closing and self-latching.
residents are responsible for maintaining their houses. All residents
are required to maintain their property by keeping all exterior
materials, including brick, wood, siding, roofs, glass, windows and
doors free of holes and breaks. All wood surfaces are to be painted,
protected from the elements and in good condition.
Unhealthy Condition of Property
It is unlawful for the owner of any property to knowingly keep or maintain any of the following conditions:
A dead animal
Accumulations of solid waste, dangerous materials or matter, or stagnant or polluted water
of earth, rocks, concrete, waste building materials, or other
construction debris left on the property that is not associated with
on-going construction on the property
Any substance, matter, or condition that creates a foul smelling odor or fumes
other condition on the property which is unhealthy, unsanitary, or
unwholesome, or reasonably interferes with the use and enjoyment of the
property or adjacent property
Signs in the city of Sugar Land must meet the following regulations; Should you have questions regarding these signage requirements, please contact the Planning Department at 281-275-2218.
Furthermore, the City of Sugar Land prohibits moving or portable signs,
hand-held signs, and any type of moving illumination on signs.
Wind Device Signs
(Includes: Banners, Balloons, and Pennants)
Can be displayed for a maximum of 28 days in a calendar year
Cannot be located in the right-of-way
Cannot exceed maximum building height
No permit required
Sign cannot exceed nine square feet or be above four feet tall
Cannot be located in the right-of-way of a public street
Stake signs must be removed within three days of an event
No more than (2) signs on non-residential property at a time
Signs may not be located within 25 feet of another sign
It is unlawful for any person to stop or park a motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, or trailer within the front and side yards of a residential property upon any surface other than an improved surface.
It is an affirmative defense to an off-steet parking violation that:
The person stopped or parked the vehicle on an improved driveway of a residential property
The unimproved driveway was in existence prior to the effective date of this ordinance