The Community Development Department makes sure Atchison neighborhoods stay beautiful by:

  • Inspecting properties for exterior code violations.
  • Requiring corrections to enhance property values and quality living.

Here are some helpful tips so you can help keep Atchison looking good!

Lawn Maintenance

  • Grass and weeds may not exceed ten inches in height.
  • Property owners must maintain adjacent rights-of-way and easement areas within property lines.

Nuisance Items

  • Help keep loose trash and debris picked up from your yard and neighboring streets and alleyways.
  • Spare materials, tires, auto parts, furniture, trash, etc. may not be stored on the exterior of the property.
  • To schedule a bulk pick-up, call 913-367-5561 at least one day prior to the pick-up date.


  • Inoperable vehicles may not be stored outside.
  • Vehicles must be street-operable and properly registered. Tarps may not cover any vehicle.

Tree Maintenance

  • Severely damaged, dead or diseased trees must be removed.

Exterior Maintenance

  • All building structures must be completed and maintained in good condition, including roofs, exterior surfaces, gutters, doors and windows.

Code Resolution Process

Once a codes concern is received by the City, the following process begins:

  • A code enforcement officer will inspect the reported location to verify the violation.
  • A code enforcement officer will notify the appropriate party of the violation and provide a specific time frame to comply with City and State regulations.
  • The compliance time frame is determined by City and State ordinances.
  • The compliance time frame may be extended upon request.
  • Additional action such as abatement or a “notice to appear” in Municipal Court may be taken if the appropriate party does not comply within the designated time frame.

Contact us today at 913-367-5560 to report suspected code violations, or report the violation here.