A city ordinance violation is a violation of the Independence Municipal Code (IMC). The IMC contains all the laws (“ordinances”) enacted by the City Council. Civil infractions can be a one-time occurrence or may be a continuous violation with the possibility of penalties accruing each day. Though a civil penalty (a fine) may be assessed for a civil infraction, it is not a criminal offense.
Typical civil infractions include neighborhood nuisances such as noxious vegetation (weeds and grass over 10″ in height), accumulations of rubbish or junk, obstructed sidewalks, unsanitary conditions, hazardous buildings and inoperable automobiles in residential yards. Other common civil infractions include illegal signs, business license violations, building code violations and zoning violations.