For the purposes of this program, "public nuisance" means:
- The condition or use of any parcel (house, apartment, etc.) where two or more separate violations of the Boulder Revised Code have occurred within a year; or
- Three or more separate violations have occurred within a two-year period, if during each such violation, the conduct of the person committing the violation was such as to annoy residents in the vicinity of the parcel or passers-by on the public streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way in the vicinity of the parcel.
The potential outcome of a nuisance abatement action is a corrective, injunctive-type order issued by municipal court. A property owner cannot be deprived of his/her property under this regulation (Chapters 10-2.5: Abatement of Public Nuisances and 12-2: Landlord Tenant Relations).
There are no specific violations or actions that are designated as "public nuisance" acts. Whether or not a violation triggers the nuisance abatement process is a decision left to the responding law enforcement agency. For instance, a trash violation may, in some cases, trigger the nuisance abatement process. In other instances, the problem might be best handled with a municipal court summons.
The nuisance abatement ordinance was enacted as a remedy to:
- Give local law enforcement and the municipal court authority to take civil action to stop properties from being in consistent and repeated violation of municipal laws;
- Make property owners and tenants vigilant in preventing public nuisances on or in their properties;
- Make property owners responsible for the use of their properties by tenants, guests and occupants;
- Provide locally enforceable remedies for violations of local ordinances; and
- Otherwise deter public nuisances.
This ordinance is one of several options the city may use to respond to repeated municipal violations.
Report a Public Nuisance
Submit your complaint
- Find the relevant code violation and follow instructions to submit your complaint to non-emergency dispatch
- You can reach non-emergency dispatch at 303-441-1875
The Nuisance Abatement Process
- Following the first violation, written notice of the violation will be given;
- Following a second violation within the one year (Aug. 1 to July 31) period, the city will schedule a settlement meeting involving all anyone who might be named as defendants in any nuisance abatement proceeding. Note: The purpose of the settlement meeting is to obtain a voluntary compliance agreement, in which relevant parties agree to take corrective action to abate and avoid nuisance conditions.
- If no voluntary compliance agreement is achieved, or if an agreement is achieved but the city determines that a party has failed to comply with the terms of the agreement, the matter may be referred to the City Attorney for evaluation and potential filing of a nuisance abatement action.