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Neighborhood Services

Blight is a severely spoiled or ruined state, especially of an urban area.
Blight conditions decrease property values, encourage and discourage other homeowners, business owners and tenants from maintaining their properties.
There are 10 most frequent housing code violations. If you see any of these violations of
City of Jackson Anti-Blight Ordinances in your neighborhood, report it! 
Online reporting is available – click here.


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 the 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 woolen wastes, shall be removed and disposed 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, 35-gallon size 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 owner’s or occupants are responsible for making sure that property is not in unsanitary, unhealthy or unclean condition. Property owner’s or occupants will be directed by the City of Jackson to remove all garbage, trash, 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 call Health & Sanitation at (731) 425-8545.



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Monique Merriweather,
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
121 East Main Street Suite 301
Jackson, TN. 38301
Telephone: (731) 425-8239