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Please come into the shelter at least every other day. The shelter staff may have your pet listed as a different breed or mix or may be described differently than your description. You are the best person to identify your pet.
When an animal is impounded it is checked for any form of visible identification and is scanned for a microchip. Even if your pet has identification, do not depend on a phone call. Collars and tags fall off and microchips are sometimes unreadable or untraceable.
West Valley City Animal Services will hold a lost pet for a minimum of five days to give the owner a chance to find their pet. Begin checking the shelters immediately in person to look for your pet.
West Valley and other local ordinances require citizens to turn strays over to their local animal shelter within 24 hours. The pet will have a greater chance of being reunited with its owner if it comes into the local animal shelter.
Do not set the pet free. It may be hit by a vehicle, attacked by another animal or may be scared and run further from its home.
Residents can report barking dogs by contacting Animal Services. The complainant will be advised to keep a barking dog log in order to assist with tracking and identifying the animal(s) in question. A full description of the enforcement process and a log form are available online. Read the Barking Dog Procedure (PDF). Download the Barking Dog Log (PDF)
This is one way of ensuring that your pet is vaccinated for the rabies virus. It may also be your pet's ticket home if it should become lost. If an injured animal is picked up and is wearing a pet license it will receive medical care if needed. All dogs, cats, ferrets and pot-bellied pigs are required to be licensed in West Valley City. Rabies vaccination is required on all dogs, cats and ferrets.
Call Animal Services immediately and be prepared to give a detailed description of the dog. If you know where the dog lives give that address to the shelter staff. We will go directly to the pet owner and address the concern with them.
If the dog is friendly, put it in your yard and hold it until the officer can pick it up. Often times the dogs are gone by the time an officer can respond. If you feel threatened at all by the dog please do not risk getting bitten, call Animal Services and let them know about its aggressive behavior.
State law requires all animal bites to be reported to local animal control or the Health Department within 24 hours. If the animal has bitten and run off, make sure you can give an accurate description of the animal and which direction it went. An officer will respond and try to obtain the suspect animal.
If your pet has bitten, report it to Animal Services and arrangements will be discussed for quarantine. Any animal that has bitten or has been bitten will be required to be placed on quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from the bite.
Spay and neuter your pet and encourage others to do the same. When adopting a new family pet adopt from an animal shelter. You will be saving the lives of two animals at the shelter, the one you adopt and the one who needs the kennel.
Always have identification on your pet so it can be returned to you if it becomes lost, you may also want to have it microchipped. Contact your local animal shelter and ask about volunteering. Education materials can be obtained from the animal shelter and distributed to your community or group.
Start a fundraiser and donate to your local animal shelter or purchase supplies for the shelter. Call the shelter and ask for a list of needed items. Become a foster parent for a stray animal that may be too young, too old or too sick or injured to be held for adoption.
Yes and no.
The following plans do need to be stamped:
The following plans generally do not need to be stamped:
Generally only the licensed general contractor is required to pull a building permit. The other subcontractors that we regulate will be on our contractor verification form (electrical, plumbing, mechanical). Note: If people contract to work on your house you should make sure they are licensed. We can do that for you.
Almost all contractors must be licensed with the State of Utah. The State of Utah requires that we confirm that the General Contractor/Builder, Electrical Contractor, Plumbing Contractor and the Mechanical Contractor are licensed. If you hire a General Contractor or Construction Company to build your home, it is their responsibility to assure West Valley City through the Contractor Verification Form that the sub-contractors are licensed.
If you are the owner and builder you are not required to have a license and you may do all the work yourself.
If you do not own the lot, but only are the party in a pending home sale, certain types of sweat equity are not allowed by State Law. You may not perform electrical, mechanical (heating and air conditioning) or plumbing, in the home you hope to buy. You can perform most other items in the construction of the new home, including rough framing, concrete and drywall.
Whenever a building is moved from a lot/site/town/county to another parcel of property, the moved building (house) must conform to all current codes as if it was a new building.
Manufactured homes must be set on permanent foundations. The foundation must be designed and stamped by an engineer. Some other things that are required are:
The fees due for Move-on Homes are $232 plus garage permit cost and impact fees.
See the Building Permit Application and see * by required signature.
Generally no as long as the existing construction is in compliance with the codes that were in effect at the time your building was built. This is almost never a problem unless a real life safety threat is apparent (like dilapidated equipment or missing guardrails).
Yes. Reroofing requires a building permit and must comply with section R907 of the International Residential Code. We need to make sure the right building materials are used in the reroofing process. Also we need to make sure your roofing contractor has a current State contractor license. The cost of a reroofing permit for a single family dwelling is $53.00
Yes, a permit is required. A truss diagram and truss detail are also required. The permit fee is at present a flat fee of $111.30
No, trusses are built to withstand a buildup of approximately 36 inches of snow. The risk of back and limb injuries from falling off a roof outweigh the necessity of removing the snow. However, if the buildup of snow starts to exceed the 30 inch level, we would suggest you call in a professional roofer to remove the snow.
Before you demolish a structure you must secure a demolition permit from our Building Inspection Division. The permit is required by section 106.1 of the Uniform Building Code. The permit process accomplishes four things:
Contact the Asbestos Coordinator at the Division of Environmental Health of the Salt Lake City/County Health Department at 385-468-3914.
Request an Asbestos check and a pre-demolition inspection. The Asbestos contractor you hire must be approved by the State. The Asbestos Coordinator will inspect your structure to determine if your structure contains friable asbestos and/or appliances or devices with hazardous materials.
The coordinator will help you obtain an approval from the State Division of Air Quality for your demolition permit. Once the State Division of Air Quality has confirmation that no asbestos or hazardous materials exists, State Division of Air Quality will notify West Valley City.
You must request termination of utilities as follows:
If you have further questions about demolitions call Misty Jenkins at 801-963-3475
In accordance with State law, a building permit can only be issued to a licensed contractor. If a permit application is submitted for the construction or alteration of a building, only a general contractor need be listed on the application at the time of permit issuance. At the time of permit issuance, the license number of the general contractor must be verified.
Any building inspector that issues a building permit to an unlicensed contractor may be disciplined by the State of Utah. The State expects the municipal inspectors to make a reasonable attempt to keep unlicensed subcontractors from working within the municipality. Our Building Inspection Division does this by requiring a completed subcontractor verification form (available at our permit counter or through this web page).
The form shall include the names of the general contractor, mechanical contractor, plumbing contractor, electrical contractor- accurate license numbers and original signatures from each of these four primary contractors. This is how we verify that only licensed contractors work in West Valley City, as required by State law. If you wish to discuss this further, contact Ed Domian, Chief Building Official at 801-963-3276.
The subcontractor form and its license numbers will be verified by Building Inspection staff. This form must be submitted prior to power clearance and issuance of any Certificate of Occupancy.
Note: State law allows a property owner to build a single family dwelling for their own use (not for sale). No contractor would be required, therefore, no contractor verification form would be required. You must own the property in order to obtain a permit for the construction of a single-family dwelling, as an owner/builder.
West Valley City requires all new single-family dwellings to have landscaped yards within 12 months of occupancy.
The landscape agreement verifies who will be responsible for installing the landscaping. Sometimes the contractor prefers to provide the landscaping as part of the sale. Sometimes the owner is responsible for the installation of the landscaping. In either case, the landscape agreement is required.
It was designed by the City Planning and Zoning Division, and provides the city with a guarantee that the landscaping will be installed within one year of occupancy of the single-family dwelling, in accordance with the West Valley City Municipal Code.
Questions concerning landscaping requirements should be directed to a City Planner at 801-963-3282. The landscape agreement is required at the time of final inspection.
The cost of the required building permit will double as a penalty. You could incur daily penalties until the structure is brought into compliance. You may have to demolish the structure if it is found that the structure is located on your property in violation of existing city ordinances. See more information on who needs a permit.
Contact the West Valley City Sanitation Division at 801-963-3334 or refer to the bulky waste pickup schedule map.
No. Limbs must be no larger than four (4) inches in diameter and no longer than five (5) feet long. Bundles can weigh no more than 75 pounds.
Contact ACE Recycling & Disposal at 801-363-9995.
Redevelopment. Encourage private and public investment in previously developed areas that are blighted. Economic Development. Work with businesses to increase the jobs available in the community and the state as a whole. Housing Development. Increase the amount and variety of affordable housing within the community.
First, a blight survey area is identified for study. The study entails gathering information on the condition of buildings and improvements, the existence of hazardous materials, social factors and safety concerns.
Second, the RDA board holds an evidentiary hearing to determine whether or not all or part of the area qualifies as blighted. If an area is blighted, it is eligible for redevelopment assistance. "Blight" is a legal term defined in the Utah Neighborhood Development Act.
Third, the RDA prepares a redevelopment plan and project area budget to identify how redevelopment would be encouraged. The planning process varies in each community. Typically planning includes formal or informal discussions with property owners, investors, taxing agencies, community planners and others to identify planning objectives, strategies and implementation costs.
Fourth, the planning commission for the community reviews the redevelopment plan to assure it conforms to the community's master plan.
Fifth, the RDA board holds one or more public hearings to obtain comments and suggestions on the proposed plan and budget. The RDA board and the community council or commission then adopt, adopt with modifications or reject the plan. Adopting the plan establishes a redevelopment project area.
Sixth, if the plan includes the use of tax increment, a committee of representatives from the affected taxing agencies approves, approves with changes, or rejects the project area budget.
RDA's can use up to 20% of the tax increment generated by an economic development or redevelopment project area to encourage the development of affordable housing throughout the community. RDA's use tax increment as it becomes available to stimulate housing rehabilitation, adaptive re-use and new development within redevelopment project areas.
First, an area is targeted for economic development. This is called a "survey area."
Second, the RDA prepares an economic development plan and project area budget describing the economic development project to be accomplished as a result of RDA participation.
Third, the community planning commission reviews the plan to be certain it conforms to the community's master plan.
Fourth, the RDA board holds one or more public hearings to obtain comments and suggestions on the proposed plan and budget. The RDA board and the community council or commission then adopt, adopt with modifications or reject the plan. Adopting the plan establishes an economic development project area.
Fifth, if the plan includes the use of tax increment, a committee of representatives from the affected taxing agencies approves, approves with changes, or rejects the project area budget.
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The dates, times and locations of firefighter classes vary. Click here for details.
There are only four (4) holidays that garbage and recycling are not collected: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. If your garbage day falls on one of these holidays or after the holiday during the same week, your garbage will be picked up a day later. If in doubt, put it out!
Call the West Valley City Sanitation Division at 801-963-3334.
Your green garbage container must be out on the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled day. If you are missed because you did not have your container out on time, contact ACE Recycling & Disposal at 801-363-9995 to determine your next possible pick-up. You may put your container out the night before your scheduled garbage day. Containers must be off of the street the day following your scheduled garbage day.
Garbage cans are dumped only once a week. Do not refill container and put across the street for second pick up. If you continually have more garbage than your container will hold, you can rent an additional container.
Grass clippings may be put in your green garbage container. Bag your clippings before putting them in the container. Grass clippings will not be picked up as bulky waste.
Yes. The lid on your container must be closed. If you have excess garbage that overflows your can, a lid can only be raised six inches. If it is more than six inches the garbage will not be picked up.
Yes. Call our office at 801-963-3334 and request an additional can be delivered to your home or you can come into our office at 2805 South 3600 West and pick up a can. In either case, ONLY property owners may request the additional can. Additional cans must be kept for a minimum of six months.
If the container is damaged by abuse or misuse, you will be charged a fee (see Sanitation Fees) to replace the can. Abuse and misuse includes overfilling the can, burning the can with hot coals or other hot material, paint or other hazardous materials in or on the can, etc. Be careful with what you put in your container. If the container is damaged by the contractor, there will be no charge to replace the can.
Contact ACE Recycling & Disposal at 801-363-9995. A customer response member will ask you your pickup day and record your address for the earliest possible pickup.
Your garbage and recycling pickup day can be found here.
Contact the West Valley City Sanitation Department at 801-963-3334.
Contact the West Valley City Sanitation Division at 801-963-3334 to request a new container.
Take household electronics to the Salt Lake County Landfill household hazardous waste dropoff at 6030 West California Avenue.
West Valley City provides curbside garbage and recycling, bulky waste, neighborhood dumpsters, electronics recycling and glass recycling.
Neighborhood Watch is a program which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Police to reduce crime in their community. Neighborhood Watch, in various forms, has been around for many years. Today it is one of the most popular and successful of all efforts to prevent residential crime. Perhaps one reason for the success of Neighborhood Watch is its simplicity. Although programs may vary the ways they are organized and the methods used to reduce the opportunity for crime, all are predicated on the need for residents to protect their neighborhood by observing and reporting suspicious or unusual activities.
There is no hard fast rule to answer this question. A group can be as large or as small as they choose. As a recommendation, we suggest a group should not be larger than 100 dwelling units. This allows for each block captain to have roughly 10 homes assigned to them. Again, this is simply a suggestion to help mitigate a work load that is too large to manage.
Can a group be larger? Certainly, the city has successful groups as large as 500 homes and as small as 12 homes. It all depends on the dedication of the groups leadership.
There is no hard fast answer to this question. Getting neighbors to a point of knowing one another so they can work together in a program of mutual assistance can require various amounts of time, depending on the size of your neighborhood organization and your level of dedication to the program. As a recommendation, it is suggested that a minimum of one hour per week is needed for the success of your group. This time may include:
Neighborhood leaders should also plan on attending one annual training hosted by the Neighborhood Services Office. The ability to dedicate regular small amounts of time will keep a group moving forward and hopefully prevent the need for bursts of large projects require large amounts of time.
If your neighborhood does not have a program, talk with your neighbors about starting one. Contact West Valley City's Community Specialist at 801-963-3562 to schedule a date for the meeting. West Valley City will provide the speaker and handouts for the initial meeting to explain the Neighborhood Watch Programs. You may want to provide refreshments for your neighbors, if you desire. During the first meeting the Neighborhood Watch Program is explained. In addition, citizens learn how to report suspicious activity to the Police.
The Police Department will provide area crime statistics to Neighborhood Watch groups so they will be informed about what is happening in their area. Other activities at the meeting include the identification of the watch area, selection of a chairperson, secretary and block captains, and arranging for a meeting of all the residents to kick off the program.
When talking with your neighbors be sure to mention:
Many communities with active programs have experienced substantial decreases in burglary, vandalism and larceny. In addition to the prevention of residential crime, Neighborhood Watch:
Call the West Valley City Neighborhood Services Office at 801-963-3285 to speak with one of our Community Engagement Specialists to discuss the program and how to get involved?
You can find the zoning on your property by clicking on this map link. From the map you can search by address in the upper left corner. You can also zoom into your area of interest. Once you find the property you are interested in click on the property to show the zoning information. When you click on a property, a small window will appear that contains zoning and other property information. To access all of the information on a property click on the next feature arrow at the top of the window.
The allowed uses for agricultural and residential zones are found in Section 7-6-201 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The allowed uses for commercial and manufacturing zones are found in Section 7-6-301. Definitions of uses are found in Section 7-1-103.
The number of off-street parking spaces required for different land uses is found in Section 7-9-104 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance.
Regulations governing fence height are found in Section 7-2-114 and Section 7-2-109. The graphic accessible at this link illustrates these regulations.
The design standards for single unit dwellings and two unit dwellings are found in Part 2 of Chapter 7-11 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The design standards for commercial buildings are found in Part 3 of Chapter 7-11. The design standards for multi-unit residential dwellings are found in Part 4 of Chapter 7-11.
The number of animals allowed in agricultural zones is outlined in Section 7-6-205.
Visit our Recruiting Page to learn about becoming a West Valley City Police Officer.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our ride-along program is only open to active police officer applicants.
The UNI Crisis Line provides 24 hour, 7 days-a-week phone crisis service and is staffed by mental health professionals providing emotional support, assistance, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis. They can be reached at 801-587-3000.
As defined in Utah Code Ann.63G-2-103, a public record is a record that is not private, controlled or protected, and is prepared, owned, received or retained by the governmental entity. Records requested must be able to be reproduced from the original record.
A private record generally relates to an individual’s private interests, and disclosure of such information to the public would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. A record is considered “controlled” if it contains medical, psychiatric or psychological data about an individual. Protected records include, but are not limited to, open and ongoing investigations.
Any person can make a public records request. However, public disclosure is regulated by several different statues dependent upon the record. If you are the subject of the record (i.e. victim or arrestee) you may be entitled to information not available to the general public.
Depending on the status of the case, these records may not be available at the time of your request.
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.
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.
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.
The answer to this question will vary depending upon the zoning of your property and whether you wish to place the detached garage or shed (referred to as accessory buildings in the ordinance) behind or to the side of your home. For minimum setbacks, maximum heights and maximum rear yard building coverage, please refer to Section 7-6-202. Additional requirements and some exceptions are outlined in Section 7-6-203 and Section 7-6-204. Approval from utility companies is required for any accessory building that encroaches on a utility easement. The graphic accessible at this link illustrates a typical example.
The answer to this question will vary depending upon the zoning of your property. For minimum setbacks, please refer to Section 7-6-202. An exception to the minimum setbacks is outlined in Section 7-6-204. Approval from utility companies is required for any patio cover that encroaches on a utility easement. The graphic accessible at this link illustrates a typical example.
The answer to this question will vary depending upon the zoning of your property. For minimum setbacks and maximum heights, please refer to Section 7-6-202. Additional requirements and some exceptions are outlined in Section 7-6-203 and Section 7-6-204. Approval from utility companies is required for any attached garage that encroaches on a utility easement. The graphic accessible at this link illustrates a typical example.
Assuming your home is zoned for a single unit dwelling, the answer to this question will vary depending upon the location of the property, how the basement will be used, and how it is designed. Single unit dwellings located west of 4000 West are allowed to have a basement apartment or an internal accessory dwelling unit, so long as specific requirements are met.
For properties east of 4000 West, a homeowner may rent a portion of the home only if all of the following standards are met:
Detached accessory dwelling units are prohibited in the City.
Single unit dwellings west of 4000 West are eligible to include one internal accessory dwelling unit, so long as specific requirements are met.
Accessory dwelling units or mother-in-law apartments are not allowed on any property zoned for single unit dwellings east of 4000 West, which includes the RB zone, RE zone, all R-1 zones and all A zones.
The requirements for home occupations or home-based businesses are found in Section 7-7-115 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance.
At least TWO (2) times a year. Register during the month of your birth and six months thereafter as required by U.C.A. 77-41-105.
Utah convictions: Offenders shall register for TEN (10) years past termination of sentence for the registerable offense, or for the offender’s lifetime depending on the offense.
Non-Utah convictions: Offenders shall register for TEN (10) years past termination of sentence or longer if required by the sentencing jurisdiction.
Offenders convicted of U.C.A. 77-27-21.8 shall register for an additional FIVE (5) years.
In accordance with U.C.A. 77-41-107 an offender shall register for an additional year for every year in which the offender does not comply with the registration requirements of this section.
All "Protected Areas" as defined in U.C.A. 77-27-21.7:
These areas include, but are not limited to any: licensed day care or preschool facility, a swimming pool that is open to the public, a public or private primary or secondary school that is not on the grounds of a correctional facility, a community park that is open to the public; and a playground that is open to the public, including those areas designed to provide children space, recreational equipment, or other amenities intended to allow children to engage in physical activity.
For more comprehensive list of "Protected Areas" refer to: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title77/Chapter27/77-27-S21.7.html
Call Salt Lake County Aging Services at 385-468-3200 for more information.
The service charge is based on the amount of impervious area on a property. Impervious area is the best indicator of how much you use the storm water system. Single-family homes provide the basis for the rate. The average amount of impervious area for a single-family residence is 3,163 square feet or one (1) equivalent resident unit (ERU). ERU’s for businesses are calculated by dividing the impervious area by 3,163 square feet.
A maximum rate of $6.00 per month per ERU. Multi-family dwellings, schools, churches, and industrial and commercial users will pay a multiple of this base charge depending on the amount of impervious area.
The Vial of Life is an emergency preparedness program sponsored by West Valley City, West Valley Citizen Corps Council and Pioneer Valley Hospital as part of their mission to make West Valley City more disaster resistant and resilient through citizen volunteer involvement. The purpose of the Vial of Life program is to encourage residents, particularly those who are homebound, living alone, or with special medical needs, to compile personal information and place it where it can be easily located by 911 responders in the event of an emergency.
The most important component of the Vial of Life program is the Information Sheet (PDF) which includes emergency contact information, medical history and other pertinent data on EACH individual who lives in the home. The completed information sheet(s) is folded and rolled, then placed inside the provided Vial of Life container. Once completed, the Vial of Life is placed in a visible location, preferably on a shelf in the door of the refrigerator, where 911 responders can easily locate it to access important and possibly lifesaving information. The packet also includes a Vial of Life magnet which should be placed on the outside of the refrigerator door, preferably the upper right corner, where it can be seen by 911 responders as notification to look for the pertinent information inside.
The West Valley City Youth Council is a group of concerned, active teens who attend schools within the city. Members of Youth Council have a strong interest in government, local issues and civic responsibilities. The Youth Council helps to give back to the community through learning activities and service projects. Involvement fosters a greater appreciation for our government and helps to bestow many skills that will be helpful throughout life. It also is a platform to interact with peers and make new friends. The Youth Council is a group that creates a close connection to subsequently work efficiently to represent the interests of the youth in West Valley City.
To be eligible to participate on the West Valley City Youth Council, applicants must be a West Valley City resident of high school age (9th through 12th grades) or attending one of the schools within the city. Members of the Youth City Council serve for a period of one year from their selection date. The election of officers by the Youth City Council will occur the beginning of June each year.
Contact our office for more information. To apply, complete the YCC Application (PDF) and return it to:West Valley City HallNeighborhood Services OfficeAttention: Youth City Council3600 Constitution BoulevardSuite 230West Valley City, UT 84119