Maintaining your property

The City of Harker Heights has a Code of Ordinances which includes all the regulations governing the City. Many of these regulations are written for the express purposes of providing for the safety of our citizens. The section of code dealing with property maintenance is just one such example.

Property maintenance is an essential component for providing for the safety of our citizens. The City’s property maintenance code provides for the maintenance of both external and internal structures as well as the upkeep of the property beyond the building.

These webpages will describe just a few of the items covered under the City’s property maintenance code. The City continues to be proactive in enforcing these ordinances. All property owners are encouraged to learn more about the property maintenance code.

The City of Harker Heights has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code – 2000 (City Ordinance 150.02 (G)). This Code governs the minimum conditions and the responsibilities of persons for maintenance of structures, equipment and exterior property. Some of the key regulations provided under this Code include:

Contents of Code of Ordinance

    • All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition.
    • All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.
    • All exterior surfaces, other than decay resistant woods or glass, shall be protected from the elements and decay by caulking and painting, or other protective covering or treatment. Exterior surfaces shall be “touched up” as needed to keep the surface protected.
    • All exterior walls shall be free from holes, breaks, and loose or rotting materials.
    • Every window, skylight, door and frame shall be kept in sound condition, good repair and weather tight.
    • The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain.
    • Interior surfaces (widows, doors, walls, etc…) shall be maintained in good, clean and sanitary condition.
    • All plumbing fixtures shall be properly installed and maintained in working order
    • Dwellings shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining a room temperature of 65° F in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.
    • All mechanical appliances (fireplaces, cooking appliances, water heating appliances, etc…) shall be installed and maintained in a safe working order, and shall be capable of performing the intended function.
    • Electrical system hazards are not allowed.