There's a Code for That...

Morgantown Code Enforcement deals with an array of issues daily. Those issues can vary from season to season. During the Fall, school is in session for WVU and Morgantown’s population nearly doubles.

Fines and citations can be brought to a tenant for many reasons; whether it’s a party that gets out of hand, a lack of knowledge for the specific ordinances within city limits, or bad behavior.

This page updates seasonally to show the most current violations that Code Enforcement Officers are writing citations and fines for. 

Below is a list of the most common violations during the Spring Season.


1. Overcrowding of Dwellings (apartments/houses) – Some apartments and homes were constructed with floor loads of 40 pounds per square foot. Code Enforcement Officers reporting finding up to 400+ students in one residence. Officers say this can easily collapse a floor, leading to severe injuries or death. (Over Stressing Floor Load City Code Section 305.1.1)

2. Trash Violations – Leaving trash of any kind in the yard, on the porch, or near a home anywhere can lead to fines and/or citations. (2015 ICC Property Maintenance Code- Sanitation Section 302.1)

I or A Vehicles

3. Inoperative Vehicles - No inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicles shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises. (2015 ICC Property Maintenance Code - Section 302.8)

4. Grass and Weeds - Premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in an excess of 10 inches. This includes grass. (ICC Property Maintenance Code - Section 302.4)

Grass and Weeds

Violations to these codes and/or ordinances can result in a fine no less than $100.00 and no more than $500.00.