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Junk and Trash


Junk and trash includes rubbish, accumulated garbage, paper, rags, excelsior, cans, bottles, boxes, glass, barrels, plastics, building materials, piping, mattresses, bedding, old, dilapidated motor vehicle parts; motor vehicles; trailers; boats; or other vessels or parts thereof. 

  • It is unlawful to deposit, store, keep, maintain or to permit junk or trash in or on any lot or on parcel or body of water, except in a legally established junk yard or Miami-Dade County-authorized commercial waste collection site.
  • It is illegal to place or maintain junk and trash under a carport or a front porch that is not completely enclosed with four walls and a roof.
  • It is illegal to conceal junk and trash with tarps or other covering devices or behind fences or walls.

In an effort to maintain and improve the quality of our Miami-Dade County neighborhoods, compliance officers of Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources routinely patrol areas to ensure compliance with County Code regulations.

Upon verification of a violation of the Code of Miami-Dade County, a Courtesy Warning Notice may be issued. Failure to comply with provisions of the Code of Miami-Dade County can result in you being assessed civil penalties.

Additionally, junk and trash may also be removed by Miami-Dade County with cumulative penalties assessed to the property owner.

To report any potential problems, please call 3-1-1 or report a property via email to


Vacant lot property owners must maintain or clear property of overgrowth on a regular basis so that it does not exceed 18 inches from the ground for more than 50% of the area to be maintained.

Junk and trash deposits on vacant lots or overgrowth on vacant lots are the property owner's responsibility.

For more information on code enforcement, call the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources at 786-315-2552.

See also in the Miami-Dade County Code:

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