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~OLD-Code Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions
1.What can a person do if a neighbor is likely in violation of an ordinance?

The first step you should take when you believe a neighbor is in violation of an ordinance is to talk with your neighbor or the property owner about the situation. If you have done so, and the effort has failed, call Code Enforcement at (301) 773-8362 register a complaint. Please give the exact address and description of the problem you feel is in violation. All complaints are confidential.
 

2. How many inoperable/abandoned Vehicles can one have on property in a residential neighborhood?

In the residential area no abandoned/inoperable vehicles are allowed.

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it is:

Inoperable (missing parts, not able to be legally operated under Maryland Motor Vehicle law, otherwise not in running condition);
Is not currently registered as required by Maryland Motor Vehicle law;
Is left unmoved for excessive amount of time.
 

3. Do I need a permit to clear vegetation or remove trees on my property?

No permit is required to remove a tree off an Improved Residential lot*. However, if you are clearing a wooded lot in a residential area you are required to get a permit.
* All trees and plant located within 11 feet of the curb are considered Town Property and NO work/cutting/trimming should be done by other then the Department of Public Works.

4. If a neighbor's tree hangs over the property line of another neighbor's property can the tree be cut back?

There is no ordinance identifying this problem, but common law considered this a trespass by nuisance and you may cut it back to your property line.  As always, we suggest you speak with your neighbor to resolve the issue.
 

5. Can a shed be built right next to the property line?

Garden sheds need to meet the setback requirements established by the county zoning district. A garden shed should by placed far enough away from at wall or fence to allow cutting of grass and weeds.
 
6. Who turned me in?

We receive complaints from a number of sources including internal referrals, outside agencies and the general public. Of those complaints received from the general public, we may offer to keep a complainant's name confidential for various reasons. A court order is required to find out the complainant's name if we agree to confidentiality. If a complainant is not concerned about confidentiality, their name is public record.

 
7.    What are the Town’s general noise regulations?

 It shall be unlawful between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to operate any radio, record player, audio system, television set, or to create noise in any other way audible to others located or living nearby, or so as to disturb the peace and quiet of any neighborhood, unless an exemption or permit is granted for a specific event.
Daytime, unless otherwise specifically noted, means the hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nighttime, unless otherwise specifically noted, means the hours from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
 
(a) Provided that the noise is not audible within any residential area, if the noise emanates from sources located within a nonresidential zone, the maximum permissible sound level is
(1)  Daytime:
a.  Any continuous noise audible from a distance of fifty (50) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.
b.  Any intermittent noise audible from a distance of the one hundred (100) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.
c.   Any impulsive noise repeated at least once within a five-minute period that is audible from a distance of one hundred fifty (150) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.

(2) Nighttime:
a.  Any noise audible from a distance of fifty (50) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.
b.  If the noise emanates from sources located within a residential use zone or if the noise can be heard within a residential use zone, regardless of its place of origin, the maximum permissible sound level is:

(1) Daytime:
a. Any continuous noise audible from a distance of thirty (30) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.
b. Any intermittent noise audible from either the source of the noise or a distance of fifty (50) feet or less from the property that is the source of the noise.
c. Any impulsive noise audible from either the source of the noise or a distance of fifty (50) feet or less from the property that is the source of the noise.

(2) Nighttime:
a. Any noise audible from a distance of thirty (30) feet or less from either the source of the noise or the property that is the source of the noise.

Operate or perform construction/repair work (which creates noise) within or adjacent to a residential area EXCEPT during the following hours:

Monday through Friday:                                      8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays:                 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 
8.    What do I do about my neighbors barking dog?
 
As a general rule, the Prince George’s County Police Communication Center will not dispatch calls for barking dog complaints.  With that in mind, the Town of Cheverly asks that if you have such a problem you do the following:
 
Attempt to contact the owners of the animal and advised them of the issue. (if not in person, a anonymous note in the mailbox) This at least gives the owners a chance to correct the barking.
 
If that does not work, or if your feel uncomfortable contacting your neighbor, you may:
1.  Call the town, to report the nuisance barking. Please be prepared to provide the following necessary information: you name, the address of pet owner, a description of the pet, i.e., breed, size, color, and times and dates the barking occurs. The caller's identity is protected by Maryland State law. However, your identity may be needed should the Code Enforcement Officer need to contact you at a later date. A letter from the Code Enforcement Officer will be sent to the pet owner concerning this nuisance report.
2.  Visit City Hall (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and file an affidavit concerning the barking problem. The Code Enforcement Officer can then issue a municipal infraction to the pet owner. You must be willing to attend a hearing in District Court, if necessary. A copy of your affidavit will be enclosed with the infraction sent to the pet owner.

3.  Record dates and times of the problem and request a hearing before the Prince George's County Commission for Animal Control by calling 301-883-6009.

 
Cheverly Executive Offices:   6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785  (301) 773-8360
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