City of South Salt Lake


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Code Enforcement


The Code Enforcement Division's Mission is to promote and protect the overall health, safety and welfare of the citizens of South Salt Lake. We do this by enforcing city codes, which are designed to assist in maintaining the property values of the city. The goal is to preserve residential and commercial areas against hazardous and deteriorating conditions and deter crime throughout the City.

What We Do

Code Enforcement addresses issues and complaints in regard to property maintenance, housing, health/safety, and graffiti violations. Our officers and support staff are trained to assure compliance to City Municipal Codes and adopted County Health Regulations. We put an emphasis on completing our work in a timely, responsible, fair and impartial manner.

Our division identifies and enforces code violations, including:

  • Outdoor storage
  • Accumulation of solid waste/litter
  • Abandoned, inoperable and unlicensed vehicles
  • Overgrown or uncontrolled landscaping and/or weeds
  • Parking on property in unpaved areas

You can learn more about each of these violations by reading this document.

In addition to these violations, the Department of Neighborhoods also works with the SSL Police Department to prevent, report, and remove graffiti from residential and municipal buildings.

To report graffiti, please call SSLPD Dispatch at 801-840-4000.

Additional Information:

Our team of professionals is here to help keep the city safe, clean and beautiful. If you have any complaints or concerns regarding any issue of an ordinance nature, please call the Department of Neighborhoods at 801-464-6757. Make sure to leave your name, phone number, address, as well as the reason for your call, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also contact an Ordinance Enforcement Officer (see sidebar).

You can help us by reporting problem properties and abandoned or questionable vehicles, and by maintaining your property's landscaping.


Who should I call if there is a car parked on the street, blocking traffic?

Please contact police dispatch to report any abandoned vehicles or parking issues. The non-emergency Police dispatch number is 801-840-4000.

Why is yard landscaping included in Code Enforcement?

One main goal of Code Enforcement is to protect the property values of homes and businesses in our city. An overgrown yard can negatively impact the value of that house, as well as its neighbors. In addition, weeds can quickly spread and become a neighborhood problem. Everyone’s efforts are needed. 

Why can’t I park my car in my yard?

Cars parked on the grass—especially older ones—can leak hazardous materials into the soil and the water table. In addition, cars parked in the yard can have a negative impact on the property values of the surrounding area.

What can be done about noxious weeds, such as puncturevine (goatheads)?

By mid-September, the seeds (goatheads) will have dried out and dropped into every nook and cranny, ready to attack! Goatheads are the spiny seedpods of the puncturevine that have dried out into hard burrs. The seeds can not only germinate all summer long but can be viable for 10 years! Pull them as soon as you see them, and always bag them immediately to avoid dropping seeds. To prevent seeds from spreading, early action is very important. Be sure to remove the entire plant and roots as well as pick up all seeds left behind (not an easy task). Wear thick gloves and bag up to dispose of. To prevent new plants from growing, they can be controlled with herbicides or weeding, but once seeded, the only solution is to remove the entire plant and seeds. 

Controlling noxious weeds, such as puncturevine is everyone's responsibility. 

Property owners and businesses are required to keep noxious weeds, such as puncturevine under control to prevent their spread and damage. For more info, contact the SSL Department of Neighborhoods at 801-464-6757 or email [email protected]

To read more about removing puncturevine, go here

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Contact Info

Abby Sherlock, 

Neighborhoods Ambassador


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Spencer Dunn,

Code Enforcement Officer


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Karen Hampton,

Code Enforcement Officer


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Carleton Watkins,

Code Enforcement Officer


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Arthur Tupuola,

Code Enforcement Officer

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Property owners and businesses are required to keep noxious weeds, such as puncturevine under control to prevent their spread and damage. You can call us to report any residential area that is noncompliant.