Businesses and individuals have until May to comply with new ordinance
by City of Huntsville staff
The Huntsville City Council adopted Ordinance 2019-02 on November 20, 2018, amending the Buildings and Building Regulations Code in Chapter 12 of the City Code of Ordinances. The changes address the storage of tires within the City limits, impacting an estimated 19 businesses.
Director of Development Services and Building Official for the City of Huntsville Kevin Byal explained how these changes will affect citizens and companies.
“The ordinance applies to both residential and commercial properties and is applicable to tires stored outdoors,” Byal said. “All tire-related businesses have six months to take whatever steps are necessary to store tires in a manner, so they are not prone to collecting water and/or debris.”
Byal said that tires stored outside are required to be screened from public view, meaning collections cannot be seen from the public right-of-way.
“This ordinance does not address tires used for planters and such,” Byal added. “The goal is to remove the health hazard related to insects and rodents associated with improperly stored tires, as well as to eliminate the visual blight that piles of tires can create.”
Enforcement of the ordinance is expected to begin approximately May 20, 2019.
For more information, email KByal@HuntsvilleTX.gov or call 936-291-5700. Did you know Development Services demolished 17 abandoned and/or unsafe structures in 2017? The department operates at the City of Huntsville Service Center, 448 State Highway 75 North.