Ordinances

All ordinances passed by the City Commission are available in their entirety from the City Clerk or the City Attorney. Tax and budget ordinances are considered and revised every year. Other general ordinances are considered as necessary. The content of each new ordinance is published by mailing a copy to each residence.

The following is a summary of the general ordinances of the city that are currently in effect.

I. Health and Safety Regulations

  1. Every property owner and/or lessee is required to keep all public drainage ditches clean and free of all weeds, trash or obstructions.
  2. All approaches from the street onto a property shall be hard-surfaced and shall not interfere with drainage flow.
  3. LEASH LAW – No animal shall be allowed to run at-large in the city limits.
  4. No person shall shoot, discharge, point or aim any firearm or airgun within the City unless necessary for the protection of life or property.
  5. No owner, occupant or property manager shall permit a public nuisance, health hazard or source of filth to develop on a property through the accumulation of rubbish or the excessive growth of weeds or grass.

II. Traffic Regulations

  1. The speed limit on Ledyard, Blenheim, Taggart, Don Allen, Heady, and Gibson is twenty miles per hour.
  2. No commercial vehicles are allowed on the above streets except for the purpose of making a visit or delivery to a resident in the city.

III. Parking Regulations

  1. No parking on Hubbards Lane.
  2. No parking on the street which obstructs more than one lane of traffic.
  3. No parking within 25 feet of an intersection.
  4. No parking on Heady between Shelbyville Road and the intersection of Gibson and Don Allen Roads.
  5. No parking on the north side of Ledyard Road.
  6. No parking on the street for a period of time longer than 15 minutes between 2:00 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  7. No parking on the public right-of-way between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through and including Friday, federal and state holidays excluded, or in a front yard at any time, except under the following circumstances:
    • When, because of special conditions such as a social gathering, the driveway of the property is or has been filled to capacity by motor vehicles, and there is no other reasonably convenient or safe place to park, or
    • For a period not to exceed fifteen minutes, or
    • When construction or maintenance activity on the property is in progress, or
    • During a bona fide emergency situation where health, life or property is endangered and access to or for an emergency or repair vehicle is endangered and access to or for an emergency or repair vehicle is necessary.
  8. No motor vehicle shall be parked anywhere in the City with its motor running for longer than fifteen (15) minutes.
  9. No motor vehicle which is not immediately operable and functional shall be parked anywhere in the City except inside a garage or carport.
  10. No motor vehicle which is emitting any products other than water onto the pavement shall be parked on the right-of-way in the City.
  11. Emergency vehicles, motor vehicles which are being used for loading or unloading, government vehicles, or motor vehicles providing support for construction or maintenance activities for a nearby government vehicles, or motor vehicles providing support for construction or maintenance activities for a nearby property are exempt from these requirements as described in the ordinance.

IV. Property Improvements Regulations

  1. There is hereby established a Richlawn Property Improvements Committee (hereinafter called the “Committee”).
  2. The Committee shall be composed of no more than five residents of Richlawn who shall be appointed to membership by the City Commission for terms concurrent with the elected two-year erms of the Commission members. No more than two of the members may also be elected officers of the City of Richlawn.
  3. The Committee shall conduct business by majority vote at any meeting where a quorum (a majority or at least two members) is present, either in person, by telephone, or by electronic participation.
  4. Detailed plans and specifications for any of the following “property improvements”: the construction or placement of any buildings, garages, additions to buildings, dormers, porches, decks, patios, stoops, swimming pools (either in-ground or above-ground), fences, poles, satellite receivers, exterior lighting, commercial signs, storage sheds, portable storage units, other outbuildings, driveways or parking areas; or for the exterior remodeling or reconstruction of any of the above items or their facades; or for any construction, grading or landscaping which may occur in the public right-of-way within the City of Richlawn; or for any landscaping which may affect the public safety on any roads within or abutting the City of Richlawn;  must be submitted to the Committee for review. The Committee shall not approve any commercial signs higher than twenty feet without approval by the City Commission.
  5. No construction or activity described in paragraph D above may be commenced until approval is given by the City of Richlawn through the Committee or the City Commission.
  6. Follow this link to the Construction form
  7. In reviewing any plans and specifications, the Committee shall consider the public health, public safety, resident enjoyment, property values, property maintenance, property appearance and general welfare of the City of Richlawn and of its individual residents and property owners before approving or denying any request.
  8. After proper review, the Committee may issue a permit for the proposed construction, make recommendations for needed changes or may deny the request. If the Committee fails to act within ten calendar days from the submission of a request, the request is automatically approved and a permit must be issued.
  9. If the Committee fails to issue a permit either because of a denial or because changes are recommended, the applicant may appeal the decision to the City Commission, which shall have the power to review the decision of the Committee and may order a reconsideration by the Committee, or may order the issuance of a permit, or may deny the permit,
  10. The Committee shall prepare and make available proper forms to be used for the application and permit process.
  11. No fee shall be charged by the Committee unless it shows in advance to an applicant that outside, paid assistance will be necessary before the Committee can reach a decision.
  12. The Committee shall establish a process of reviewing all construction when completed.
  13. The Committee shall have the power to issue a stop-work order to any person in violation of any section of this ordinance.
  14. If any construction under this ordinance is performed in violation of or in non-conformance with the permit issued, the Committee shall order a correction of the condition or the removal of the non-conforming construction.
  15. The Chief Building Inspector for Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government shall be designated as the local enforcement agent for the Kentucky Building Code, but no permit from that officer or government shall be valid unless a permit has also been issued by the City Of Richlawn.
  16. The following design standards shall be used by the Committee and the Commission to determine if a building permit shall be issued by the City of Richlawn:
    1. Any property improvement shall be in compliance with all deed restrictions applicable to any property in the City of Richlawn.
    2. All residential construction shall have building architecture in keeping with the general character of the existing architecture in the City, in terms of style, type of materials, design and appearance. Roof lines, pitches and materials must be in keeping with the character of the neighborhood in terms of style, type, material and design.
    3. In all non-residential zoned areas, the exterior finishes must be in keeping with existing deed restrictions as well as the general character of the existing architecture in the City, in terms of style, type of materials, design and appearance.
    4. In all non-residential zoned areas, the landscaping and buffering of any new or renovated construction from single-family areas is required in order to minimize the impact of noise, light, unwanted pedestrian access, trash, vermin and other health and safety impacts. All fence and wall materials must be constructed and maintained in a manner to effectively provide such protections. In addition, all such lots shall have landscaping along Shelbyville Road designed to be in keeping with the appearance and ambiance of the City of Richlawn and to be approved by the Committee.
    5. All construction or property improvements shall be done in such a manner as not to create, increase or exacerbate drainage problems on adjacent or nearby properties. No driveway shall obstruct the natural flow of drainage in the street right-of-way.
    6. Drives, driveways or parking areas shall be paved with hard surfaces. There shall be only one drive per residential lot. Other than a normal residential driveway, no paved area shall be allowed in a front yard except on lots on Hubbards Lane, which shall be allowed to have a paved parking area no larger than 400 square feet in addition to the driveway.
    7. Commercial parking and trash storage areas shall be designed to minimize the light, sanitation and noise impact on the residential lots.
    8. Commercial trash shall be stored in a lidded container which shall be provided for in any application. No pickups shall occur between the hours of 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
    9. The Committee may limit the usage of outdoor speakers (music, ordering, drive-through, public address, etc.) as appropriate in order to protect the tranquility of any residential neighbors.
    10. All signage on non-residential lots shall at least be in compliance with the Louisville Metro Land Development Code. In addition, no commercial signs higher than twenty feet shall be allowed without approval of the Richlawn City Commission. No commercial signage shall include a changing image sign or a video display.
    11. All exterior lighting on any lot shall be dark-sky compliant, shall be fully shielded, with no visible luminaires, and shall be pointed downward, with the exception of typical residential lighting fixtures containing bulbs no brighter than 1500 lumens or the approximate  equivalent of a 100 watt incandescent bulb..
    12. The finished side of a wood fence (side without posts) shall face all outside boundaries of the lot. Any fencing in a front yard or streetside yard shall be limited to an ornamental or picket-style fence, with spaces between pickets, and shall not be higher than three feet.
    13. No front yards of residential lots shall be allowed to have any satellite receiver or swimming pool.
    14. No outdoor construction or placement of property improvements shall occur between the hours of 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
  17.  Penalties

1.  Any person violating any provision of these ordinances shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined up to $250.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation of this ordinance   continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.

V. Beautification Ordinance

  1. The Richlawn Beautification Committee is composed of residents appointed by the Mayor.
  2. The Committee shall be responsible for developing and implementing a plan for the preservation of canopy trees and the canopy effect in the City through the planting, care and selective removal of trees.
  3. The City will pay 100% of the cost of a new canopy tree (up to a maximum of $500) provided the tree is on the list of recommended species.  The City will also provide financial assistance for pruning or removing damaged or diseased canopy trees.
  4. Follow this link to the Beautification Reimbursement Form