Code Enforcement

Moe Hillard
Code Enforcement Officer
Date of employment -  
October, 2022 

Our Mission
The City of Franklin is diligently working to clean-up and improve the appearance of our community by strictly enforcing the City’s Property Maintenance Code.  The City enforces the regulations known as the International Property Maintenance Code adopted by and through the City of Franklin’s Code of Ordinances.  This code was adopted by the City to improve and protect the overall health, safety, welfare and quality of life for all residents of Franklin by establishing minimum requirements and standards for the upkeep and maintenance of properties in the city.
The International Property Maintenance Code states, in general, that:

  1. All vacant structures and premises thereof or vacant land shall be maintained in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary condition so as not to cause a blighting problem or adversely affect the public health or safety.
  2. With regard to high grass and weeds, all premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches (254 mm). All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.
  3. Except for a few exceptions as provided for in the ordinances, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.

    Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.

    All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

    Once the city code enforcement officer receives a complaint or observes a violation, the property is inspected. If an alleged violation is found, the code enforcement officer will send a notice of violation to the property owner. In general, the property owner has 7-10 days to correct the violation. If the violation is not corrected, a citation, which includes a fine, is sent to the property owner. The property owner has 5 -7 days after the citation is sent to appeal to the code enforcement board. If the property owner does not appeal within 7 days the city will consider it as a guilty plea by the property owner, who will not be eligible to appeal the board’s decision. However, the procedure with regard to high grass and weeds is different. Because of the rate of growth of weeds, a notice is sent to the property owner concerning the violation of weeds and 10 days are given to correct the violation before a citation is issued. If the violation is not corrected, the city will have the weeds mowed or removed. All costs incurred with the removal of the weeds will due from the property owner. At present, the minimum charge is $100.00. If the city is not reimbursed for expenses, a lien will be placed against the property.

There are at least two private firms located in Franklin that will not charge to remove “junk”cars. They are Baucom's Automotive, located at 520 North Court Street, phone 270-586-7111, and Jimmy’s Auto Salvage located at 2170 Nashville Road, phone 270-586-8272.

Debris and rubbish should be properly contained and many items can be picked up by the city garbage collection. For information concerning items that will be picked up, please contact Scott Waste Services at 270-783-4016.

Large items can be disposed of at the convenience center located on Ditmore Ford Road. For more information please call 586-7788.


What is Code Enforcement?
Code Enforcement is a set of City ordinances that keeps Franklin safe and beautiful.
What type of complaints does Code Enforcement handle?
Code Enforcement handles a range of complaints from tall grass, trash in yards, unsightly buildings and safety issues regarding structures.
Does Code Enforcement handle complaints about animals?
No, that would be the County’s Animal Control officer (270-586-5778)
Who do I call with a Code Enforcement complaint?
Code Enforcement Officer Moe Hillard at  270-772-0127
If I call, how long after my complaint will it take for me to see results?
Normally, when Code Enforcement receives a complaint a Code Enforcement Officer goes to the site and photographs and documents the violation. Then a letter is sent to the owner of the property giving the owner up to 7 - 10 days to correct the problem. If it is not corrected in the time given the Code Enforcement Officer re-inspects the property and if found to be in violation, issues the property owner a citation. That seems to be a very long process. Yes it is, but that is “Due Process”, and we cannot skip any step in the process.
Who do I contact if I have a complaint about Code Enforcement?
Moe Hillard is the Code Enforcement Officer 270-772-0127
Contact Code Enforcement
For more information or to report a possible violation, contact  Code Enforcement Officer Moe Hillard at City Hall at 270-772-0127 or send an email.-