The City of Millersville, Tennessee

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Codes Enforcement

The Codes Enforcement division is headed by the Codes Enforcement Officer. 

Codes Enforcement investigates codes violations regarding dilapidated buildings, dirty or overgrown lots, illegal dumping and abandoned or junk vehicles. 

For more information on these areas and the services they provide, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below or choose from the links provided on the side of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make a Complaint?

You can call 615-859-0880 ext.110 or write to or visit the Codes Enforcement office to register a complaint.   

or Click here to file a complaint or compliment.  

What Constitutes a "Dirty or Overgrown Lot?" 
Trash and debris which have accumulated on a piece of property, overgrown vines, underbrush or grass over 8 inches high are all violations of city codes.

Sec. 38-2. - Overgrown lots.


Prohibition . Pursuant to the authority granted to municipalities under T.C.A. § 6-54-113, it is unlawful for any owner of record of real property to create, maintain, or permit to be maintained on such property the unrestricted growth of vines, grass, underbrush and other vegetation commonly recognized as weeds. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with an order by the city manager or his/her designee to cut such vegetation when it has reached a height of over eight inches.


This section shall not apply to property on which active farming operations requiring the growth of grass for agricultural purposes are being conducted.

(Ord. No. 90-145, ch. 1, § 2, 4-17-1990; Ord. No. 08-541, § 1, 9-16-2008)

Sec. 38-5. - Condition of premises.


It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any premises owned, occupied, or controlled by him to become or remain in a filthy condition, or permit the use or occupation of the premises in such a manner as to create noxious or offensive smells and odors in connection therewith, or to allow the accumulation or creation of unwholesome and offensive matter or the breeding of flies, rodents or other vermin on the premises to the menace of the public health or the annoyance of people residing within the vicinity.


It shall be unlawful for any person to permit on their property within the city the accumulation of trash, refuse, rubbish, litter, or any other substance, animal or thing, to such an extent that such growth or accumulation is injurious to the health and welfare of an inhabitant of the city.

(Ord. No. 90-145, ch. 1, § 5, 4-17-1990)

How Long Do I Have to Correct a Lot Problem? What If I Miss the Deadline?
The owner has 10 days from the date of the letter outlining the code violations to correct them. Exceptions will and can be made on a case by case basis to allow for more time.  If violations are not corrected, a city crew will correct the violations by cleaning or mowing the lot and bill the owner. The owner can be cited to Municipal Court, where substantial fines, penalties, and liens can be imposed.

  • What Constitutes an "Abandoned or junk Vehicle?"



  • 78-141. - Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Abandoned motor vehicle means any motorized vehicle that is incapable of being moved under its own power or does not display current licenses and registration.

Motor vehicle accessories means any parts of any motor vehicle.

(Ord. No. 90-143, § 2, 4-2-1990)




  • 78-171. - Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Codes administrator and building inspector shall mean the individuals employed by the city to act on behalf of the city in carrying out the duties and responsibilities as described in the applicable job descriptions for each position.

Hobby cars shall mean vehicles used for the purpose of a hobby, i.e. racecars and car restoration activities.

Junked vehicle shall mean a vehicle of any age that does not display a current license plate and vehicle registration and/or is damaged or defective in any one or combination of any of the following ways that either makes the vehicle immediately inoperable or would prohibit the vehicle from being operated in a reasonably safe manner upon the public streets and highways under its own power if self-propelled or while being towed or pushed, if not self-propelled:


Flat tires, missing tires, missing wheels, or missing or partially or totally disassembled tires and wheels.


Missing or partially or totally disassembled essential part or parts of the vehicle's drive train, including, but not limited to engine, transmission, transaxle, drive shaft, differential or axle.


Extensive exterior body damage or missing or partially or totally disassembled essential body parts, including, but not limited to, fenders, doors, engine hood, bumper or bumpers, windshield or windows.


Missing or partially or totally disassembled essential interior parts, including, but not limited to, driver's seat, steering wheel, instrument panel, clutch, brake or gear shift lever.


Missing or partially or totally disassembled parts essential to the starting or running of the vehicle under its own power, including, but not limited to, starter, generator or alternator, battery, distributor, gas tank, carburetor or fuel injection system, spark plugs or radiator.


Interior is a container for metal, glass, paper, rags or other cloth, wood, auto parts, machinery, waste or discarded materials in such quantity, quality and arrangement that a driver cannot be properly seated in the vehicle.


Lying on the ground (upside down, on its side, or at another extreme angle), sitting on block or suspended in the air by any other method.


General environment in which the vehicle sits, including but not limited to vegetation that has grown up around, in or through the vehicle, the collection of pools of water in the vehicle, and the accumulation of other garbage or debris around the vehicle.

Person shall mean any natural person, or any firm, partnership, association, corporation or other organization of and kind and description.

Private property shall include all property that is not public property, regardless of how the property is zoned or used.

Traveled portion of any public street or highway shall mean the width of the street from curb to curb, or where there are no curbs, the entire width of the paved portion of the street, or where the street is unpaved, the entire width of the street in which vehicles ordinarily use for travel.

Vehicle shall mean any machine propelled by power other than human power, designed to travel along the ground by the use or wheels, treads self-laying tracks, runners, slides or skids, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, go-carts, campers, tractors, trailers, tractor-trailers, buggies, wagons, earth moving equipment and any part of the same.

(Ord. No. 07-505, § 1, 2-20-2007)


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