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Blight is a severely spoiled or ruined state, especially in an urban area. Blight conditions decrease property values and discourage other homeowners, business owners and tenants from maintaining their properties. Here are the ten most frequent housing code violations. If you see any of these violations of the City of Jackson Anti-Blight Ordinances in your neighborhood, report it! Online reporting is available.



It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of a residential building, structure or property to utilize the premises of such residential property for the open storage of any inoperable vehicle, ice box, refrigerator, stove, glass, building material, building rubbish or similar items.  It shall be the duty of every such owner or occupant to keep the premises of such residential property clean and free of all such abandoned items listed above.


No person shall park, store, leave or permit the parking or leaving of any vehicle that is rusted, wrecked, junked, partly dismantled, inoperable or abandoned upon any private property within the city for a period of more than five (5) days unless completely enclosed in a building. 


If a resident contracts work at his or her personal residence, all quantities of garbage and construction materials resulting from the repair, excavation, construction or destruction of buildings, such as broken concrete, dirt, sand, gravel, trees, tree limbs or wooden wastes, shall be removed and disposed of by the contractor.  If a resident completes the work, the debris left from the work may be placed at the curb for collection every seven business days.


Residents in the City of Jackson receive twice-a-week back door garbage collection. Household garbage must be containerized in insect- and rodent-proof containers with secure lids, size 35-gallon or less. Containers larger than 35 gallons must be placed at the curb for collection. Residents also receive extra curbside debris collection every seven business days.


All vehicles on residential and nonresidential properties must be parked/stored on asphalt or concrete. No more than four (4) operable vehicles may be parked or stored at a dwelling unit for more than a five (5) day period unless they are enclosed in a building.


Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties and the adjacent right of way, assuring that grasses, weeds and lawn grass do not exceed six (6) inches in height.


Property owners and occupants are responsible for making sure that property is not in unsanitary, unhealthy or unclean condition. Property owners and occupants will be directed by the City of Jackson to remove all garbage, trash and rubbish and to cut all weeds back to a height of no more than six (6) inches.


It shall be unlawful for any owner of property to create, maintain or permit to be maintained on such property the growth of trees, vines, grass, underbrush and/or the accumulation of debris that encourages infestation of rats and other harmful animals that endanger the health, safety or welfare of other citizens.


A building rendered as unsafe is unfit for human occupation or use due to dilapidation, 
defects increasing the hazards of fire, accident or other calamities, lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities, or due to other conditions rendering such building unsafe or unsanitary or dangerous or detrimental to the health and safety of residents of the City of Jackson.


The City of Jackson’s leash law prohibits domesticated dogs and cats from running loose.  A resident is not in violation of the leash law if the animal is on the property of the owner. All dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated for rabies annually. All domesticated dogs and cats must have food, water and shelter and must be treated humanely. There is no ordinance specifying the number of domesticated animals a citizen may own nor is it breed-specific.

Free Services provided to City of Jackson residents:

  • Mosquito repellant 
  • Rat Poison 
  • Dead animal pick-up

For more information about these services, please call the Health & Sanitation Department at 731.425.8545.

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