Code Enforcement Division

Mission Statement
The mission of the Code Enforcement Department is to enforce and administer all applicable codes and ordinances set forth in the City of Sterling Municipal Code, in a prompt, fair and impartial manner. The program provides equal service to complaining parties and assists violators to achieve the ultimate goal of the program – Compliance.

Our Objective
To maintain a community where all residential and commercial properties are kept in a fashion that emphasizes an aesthetically pleasing city. One that encourages community pride, preserves neighborhood integrity, protects the public health, safety and welfare, as well as assisting in the maintenance by utilizing the Sterling Municipal Code.

City of Sterling Municipal Code

The following are services provided by the Code Enforcement Officer and Code Enforcement Supervisor:

  • Receive, observe, evaluate and investigate reports from residents regarding code violations.
  • Notify property owners of code violations, prescribe and monitor corrective action.
  • When necessary, prepare and refer cases to the Office of City Attorney or District Attorney for further legal action.
  • Ensure that conditions which pose a negative impact on a neighborhood are eliminated.

Chapter 11- Nuisances section of Municipal Code.

The number of animals per Household is addressed in the City Municipal Code. See section 703.2 below.
Appendix A Chapter VII. Special Regulations

Section 703.2 Household Pets: Pets, such as dogs and cats but not livestock, which are generally kept within a dwelling, shall be considered as a permitted accessory use, provided not more than three (3) animals (more than four (4) months old) are kept in any one (1) dwelling.

Section 714.-Harboring of livestock, fowl, swine.
Limited to slaughtering houses and sale barns, except as may otherwise be specifically permitted by the City Code.

The Code Enforcement Process
When a complaint is received, or staff suspects a violation, the following steps are undertaken to have the violation abated:

  • An inspection is scheduled to determine if the complaint has merit. If it does not, the case is closed.
  • If the complaint has merit, a letter explaining the violations is mailed to the property owner. It provides direction and timelines to abate the violations.
  • If the violations are not abated within reasonable timelines, the case may be referred to the Municipal Judge for further determination.

Complaints can be made in person in the Public Works Office located at 421 N 4th Street; or by e-mailing to, or by calling 970-522-9700. 


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