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Refrigerators, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont



Abandoned refrigerators, iceboxes, freezers and pieces of furniture such as chests and closRefrigeratorets are a danger and an attractive nuisance for children. The City of Longmont Municipal Code defines a dangerous compartment space as having a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more. Those items having a mechanical or magnetic lock or feature designed to keep the door in a closed position can trap a small child inside. Additionally, any article or device which is substantially airtight with the door closed can cause unconsciousness and suffocation of a child even if the door does not have a latch.

It is unlawful for any person to abandon or discard in any public or private place accessible to children any article which may either trap a small child or be airtight. Such items may be temporarily placed outside if first removing the doors or other devices.


City of Longmont Municipal Code
Section 10.36.010 - Abandoning refrigerators and similar items.
It is unlawful to, with criminal negligence, abandon or discard in any public or private place accessible to children having a compartment with a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more, having a mechanical or magnetic lock or feature designed to keep the door thereof in a closed position, or any such article or device which, with the door closed, is substantially airtight, without first removing the doors of such chest, closet, piece of furniture, refrigerator, freezer, icebox or other article or device. (Ord. 0-92-51 1 (part))


City of Longmont Municipal Code
Section 9.04.100 Offensive premises.
A. Declaration of Policy. The accumulation of junk, rubbish and debris facilitates rodent, pest and vermin harborage, compromises public health resulting from dangerous and unsanitary conditions, constitutes a fire hazard and threat to public safety and general welfare, and otherwise erodes the aesthetic conditions of the community, degrading the quality of life of the citizens of Longmont. This section is intended to complement the provisions set forth in Chapter 11.12 of this code relating to abandoned and junked vehicles.

B. Definitions. As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:

  1. "Junk" includes, but is not limited to, scrap or remnant building materials, lumber or metals, discarded furniture, fixtures, appliances, motor vehicle parts and tires, inoperable, abandoned, demolished, dismantled machinery, trailers, and other goods in such condition of deterioration or disrepair so as to be unusable in their existing condition.
  2. "Rubbish" and "debris" mean all waste, refuse and rejected matter and material, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, manufactured or natural.

C. Unlawful Accumulations. It shall be deemed a public nuisance and unlawful to deposit, accumulate, store, keep, abandon, or to permit the accumulation, storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, rubbish or debris on private or public property within the city, unless such area is specifically used and appropriately zoned for such deposit, accumulation, storage or keeping of junk, rubbish or debris, and all applicable fencing, setback and other requirements applicable to such use are complied with.

D. The court shall sentence any person violating this section to pay a fine of up to nine hundred ninety-nine dollars, or to imprisonment up to one hundred eighty days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Upon second and subsequent offenses within a twelve-month period, the minimum fine is one hundred dollars, which the court shall not suspend.

E. In addition to the penal remedy stated in subsection D of this section, the city attorney may bring an action before any competent court having jurisdiction to enjoin the continuation of any prohibited condition of nuisance.

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Last Updated: 03/31/10