What is the difference between HOA regulations and Town regulations, and which regulations control?

The difference between HOA regulations (set forth in deed restrictions and covenants) and Town regulations (set forth in the Town’s Code of Ordinances) can be a matter of the particular content of the regulation, a matter of enforcement of the particular regulation, or both. The general rule is that both sets of regulations are applicable to the property. Where HOA regulations differ from Town regulations on a particular subject matter, the more restrictive regulation will control the situation, generally speaking. Enforcement of HOA regulations is performed by the appropriate HOA committee or board, as specified in the deed restrictions and covenants, and is a civil matter between the property owner and HOA. Enforcement of Town regulations is performed by Town staff (for example, the Code Enforcement Department), and can involve criminal penalties through municipal court proceedings.

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1. Why should I give my name and number when calling in a complaint? Is this information kept confidential?
2. What steps does Code Enforcement take when going out to investigate a complaint, and what is the notification process?
3. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale? Where can I place garage sale signs?
4. What do I do if I have a common fence and the neighbors do not want to pay their portion to repair/replace it?
5. How do I locate my property lines?
6. What can I do if branches or shrubs from a neighbor’s yard are overhanging my yard?
7. What are the size restrictions for parking a boat, trailer, or recreational vehicle in a driveway?
8. What is the difference between HOA regulations and Town regulations, and which regulations control?
9. What are the restrictions for placing a “For Sale” sign on a vehicle and parking it?
10. Do I need a permit for a home occupation?
11. What are the codes for High Weeds & Grass?
12. What are the codes regarding noise control, and what can be done after hours?
13. Whom do I call regarding my neighbors over-watering their yard?
14. What are the codes regarding junk vehicles?
15. My neighbor has a vehicle that has been stored on his driveway for several months. Is this a violation?
16. How do I dispose of extra brush/bulk pickup other than on my regularly scheduled pick-up days?
17. My neighbor leaves his/her lights on all night. Is this a violation of the Town’s lighting ordinance?