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Posted on: October 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Do your part in keeping the right of way safe and accommodating to ordinary use!

Basketball Hoop in Street during snow

Obstructions, of various forms, in the public right of way are becoming more commonplace. Please remember, though, that the right of way is intended for public use and obstructions should be removed to accommodate ordinary use.

Right of way areas, or the area in which public streets and sidewalks are located, are found along the front portion of all properties, as well as along the side and rear of some corner properties and properties located in courts. Right of way areas typically extend 13-15 feet into front, side, or rear yards from the curb. City ordinance prohibits obstruction to the normal use of right of way areas. This means all items other than approved mailboxes and boulevard trees and other items not specifically allowed for may be considered obstructions.

Right of way obstructions of various kinds are becoming more commonplace throughout Apple Valley. Some examples include portable basketball hoops, hockey nets, flexible dumpster’s, when placed on the street beyond the curb, or blocking the sidewalk. Refuse containers that are placed on the street, beyond the curb, are also considered obstructions to ordinary use. Such obstructions, specifically during winter months, hinder the efficient and thorough removal of snow from right of way areas, and can cause significant damage to snow removal equipment in some cases. Other forms of ordinary public use year round that may be affected by such obstructions include street sweeping, emergency access, parking, as well as vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  

Please be aware of how such items at your property may be obstructing use within the right of way. Please remove basketball hoops and other play equipment from right of way areas and remember when placing refuse containers for collection that they should be placed behind the curb. Flexible Dumpster’s may be placed between the sidewalk and the curb but should not block the sidewalk.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding obstructions in the right of way or to report obstructions in your neighborhood please contact Code Enforcement by phone at 952.953.2571; or by email at

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