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City Ordinances

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Keep the following ordinances in mind.

“Nuisance Party” ordinance 16-302

It shall be unlawful for any person having the right to possession of any residential premises, whether individually or jointly with others, to cause or permit a social gathering on the premises to become a nuisance party. “Nuisance party” is a social gathering of ten or more people on residential property that results in any of the following occurring at the site of the gathering, on neighboring property or on an adjacent public street:

  1. Unlawful sale, furnishing, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages
  2. Violation of any of the provisions of Article III of this chapter (noise)
  3. Fighting
  4. Property damage
  5. Littering
  6. Outdoor urination or defecation in a place open to public view
  7. The standing or parking of vehicles in a manner that obstructs the free flow of traffic
  8. Conduct that threatens injury to persons or damage to property
  9. Unlawful use or possession of marijuana or any drug or controlled substance
  10. Trespassing
  11. Indecent exposure
  12. Setting off fireworks
  13. Discharging firearms

Each tenant can be arrested for violating this ordinance; the fine for violating this ordinance starts at $500 per tenant.

Occupancy Ordinance 22-184

This ordinance requires your landlord to disclose the zoning for the unit you are renting either through the lease or by signing a separate disclosure. The zoning laws regulate how many people can live in your unit and violating the zoning law can land you in front of a judge. Over occupancy leads to greater traffic, trash, noise and possibly safety issues for occupants. The general rule of thumb is no more than four unrelated occupants may live together in a unit but know that there are some areas where only three unrelated occupants can live together. If there are related occupants living together where occupancy may exceed the allowed limits, please feel free to ask if you will be in compliance with our codes.

Keeping these ordinances in mind while residing in Columbia will keep police officers from knocking on your door and it will keep you from appearing in Municipal Court. For a complete list of ordinances visit www.gocolumbiamo.com/Council/Code_of_Ordinances_PDF