Public Nuisance

Public Nuisance Definition

28.205(12) – A Public Nuisance: All use or maintenance of building exteriors or surrounding premises which limits the use or enjoyment of neighboring property or which causes or tends to cause diminution of the value of the property of others in the neighborhood in which such premises is located by reason of: exterior storage of scrap lumber, junk, trash, or other debris, including, without limitation of enumeration, furniture, appliances, farm or manufacturing equipment, or building materials as defined in Section 8.12, Green Bay Municipal Code.


Graffiti on walls, fences and structures limits the enjoyment of neighboring properties and is therefore deemed to be a public nuisance. It is the property owner’s responsibility to keep his property graffiti free.


Any placement or diverting of any unreasonable amount of snow or ice onto the property of another, which is so situated as to endanger the public health or safety or creates an unnecessary physical or financial burden is deemed a public nuisance.

Obstruction of Right-of-Way

Right-of-way, including but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, and alleys shall not be obstructed (including tree branches).

Diverting, Draining or Discharging Soil, Sediment or Other Pollutant to a Storm Sewer of Water Body

The pollution of any public well or cistern, stream, lake, canal, or other body of water by sewage, creamery, industrial wastes or other substances is considered a public nuisance.