Residential yards are not required to have grass or lawn. A front yard, which is the area between the front of the building and the front lot line, is required to have at least 30% live plant material. See 7-11-205 for residential landscaping requirements.
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All areas of a yard (front, side and rear) need to be kept weed free and maintained. Side yards that are not adjacent to a street and rear yards have no landscaping requirements. Specific requirements for front yards and side yards adjacent to a street are described below.
Front YardsLandscaping in front yards must meet the following standards:
Side Yards Adjacent to a StreetOn corner lots, landscaping must be installed in all areas between the sidewalk (or side property line where no sidewalk exists) and the side of the house between the front property line and the rear property line which are visible from the street.
The park strip is the space between the back of the curb (or edge of pavement if there is no curb) and the sidewalk (or the property line if there is no sidewalk). City ordinance requires either landscaping or concrete to be installed in park strips. Landscaping in park strips can include live plant material or non-living ground covers such rock or bark mulch. A permit is required from the Public Works Department to install concrete in the park strip or to add another drive approach. Except for certain streets listed here, artificial turf is not allowed in park strips.
Certain tree varieties are prohibited in park strips. The list of prohibited trees can be found here.
For single family homes, up to 40 percent of the front yard, the area between the front of the building and the front lot line, can be hard surfaced. This percentage may be increased to 50% for lots on cul-de-sacs and lots on major streets that need a circular driveway. See 7-9-114 for surfacing requirements. If you want to add a new drive approach for the driveway, a permit is required from the Public Works Department.
The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has some programs for residential landscapes.