The Berthoud Neighborhood Services Officer helps maintain and improve the quality of Berthoud's neighborhoods by working with residents to ensure compliance with the Berthoud Municipal Code.
Additionally, we respond to citizen complaints of potential Municipal Code violations and initiate fair and unbiased enforcement action to correct those violations and educate property owners to maintain code compliance.
View the entire Berthoud Municipal Code.
The Town of Berthoud works cooperatively with the Larimer Humane Society to provide Animal Control Services 7 days a week.
- For animal control matters Thursday - Monday, please contact Larimer County Humane Society. To learn more, please visit the Larimer Humane Society website.
- For animal control matters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please contact Neighborhood Services for assistance.
You may contact Neighborhood Services by:
Calling us at 970-344-5825.
The following is a list of common code violations, with a brief description of each. For more information, please click on the name of the violation and you will be taken to the section of the Municipal Code that covers that violation.
- Garage/Yard Sales: No garage sale can continue for more than 3 consecutive days.
- Graffiti: Any property that has been defaced on public or private property is considered a nuisance. The abatement of such graffiti is the responsibility of the property owner.
- Inoperable Vehicles on Private Property: Vehicles must be in working condition with all tires inflated and must bear valid license plates on private property. Inoperable vehicles on private property must be screened from public view by a fence or structure built in accordance with the Berthoud Municipal Code.
- Junk / Junkyards: The accumulation of junk is prohibited unless it is screened from public view. Such accumulation cannot create a condition that is a threat to public health. Any accumulation of junk that is not a threat to public health, safety and welfare must be screened from public view by a fence or structure built in accordance with the Berthoud Municipal Code.
- Snow and Ice: Within 24 hours after any snow stops falling, residents are required to remove snow and ice from any public walks adjacent to their property.
- Vehicles on Public Streets: Vehicles parked on public streets must be in working condition with all tires inflated and must bear valid license plate. Detached trailers on Town right-of-way are not permitted. Campers, coaches and other vehicles designed for sleeping or dwelling may not be parked on Town right-of-way for longer than four days. Inoperable Vehicles on Town right-of-way are prohibited and are considered a nuisance.
- Weeds and Unsightly Vegetation: Weeds and non-decorative grasses cannot exceed 12 inches in height.
If you receive a notice of violation from Berthoud Neighborhood Services Officer, please correct the violation(s) by the date specified on the notice. If you do not understand what is being requested or if you need more information, or if you believe the notice was issued in error please contact the Neighborhood Services Officer at 970-344-5825. You may also request a site visit by the Neighborhood Services Officer to clarify the violation and receive suggestions for possible solutions to the violation.
Extension of time to correct a violation may be given for extenuating circumstances.
Methods of Notification
Berthoud Neighborhood Services Officer utilizes several methods of notifying residents of a code violation. Depending on the severity of the violation, Neighborhood Services Officer may issue a verbal warning, written warning, or Municipal Court summons.
This is usually a conversation with the resident wherein the resident verbally agrees to stop an activity or correct a minor violation without requiring a written notice. Compliance is usually required within 24 hours of the verbal notice.
This usually involves the issuance of a hand-written "Notice of Violation" to the resident or involved party. The Notice may be given to the involved party in person or may be left or posted at the front door or placed on a vehicle. The Notice will identify the code violation and provide instructions on how the violation may be corrected. The notice will contain the date and time of the violation, as well as the Neighborhood Services Officer name and phone number will be listed on the notice.
Please Note: A "written notice" may also take the form of a "door hanger", as in the case of a snow/ice condition on a public sidewalk. Neighborhood Services Officer will also place notices on vehicles parked on public streets which are believed to be abandoned, unlicensed or inoperable. Please note that Neighborhood Services Officer may tow vehicles.
Additional Note: Written notices which identify a public safety hazard require an immediate response.
Municipal Court Summons
Individuals who violate the Municipal Code may also be issued a municipal court summons by Neighborhood Services Officer. Depending on the violation, the summons may include a fine for each day that the violation persists. The actual penalties imposed in these cases are determined by the Municipal Court judge as part of the judicial proceeding.
Please Note: The issuance of a warning is not required as a precursor to issuance of a summons.