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Alcohol is not permitted in public places such as streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots, or government owned property. Manhattan takes the drinking age of 21 very seriously and those found with alcohol underage will be fined $200-$500, must serve community service hours, will have their drivers license suspended, and attend classes. Providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21 will be fined up to $1000 and spend up to six months in jail. If you are hosting a house party and have underage drinkers at your party, you will be responsible.


Some streets require a parking pass. Three parking passes will be issued per residence. The charge is $5 per vehicle. To obtain a pass call 785-587-2480.

Cell phones

No texting or talking/listening with a hand held phone while driving; tickets will be issued to those pulled over for the citation.


Trash must be placed in a watertight container with a lid. If trash is left around your grounds, you will receive a warning and a deadline to fix the problem. If it goes unfixed, the city will clean up the trash for you at your cost.


All pets must be licensed through the city at a nominal charge. To obtain a license you must show proof of vaccinations and call 785-537-2480. There is a city wide lease law; any dog running at large will result in ticketing the owner.


After 10:45pm, noise levels must be kept to a minimum. All speakers and noise amplifiers must be pointed towards the residence. Noise permits are available but only good until 10:45 pm.

Responsibilities of tenants vs. landlords


Know the details of your lease, pay rent and all utilities on time, do not tamper with smoke detectors or fire extinguishers, and keep the outside property clean and free of trash/debris. Only have four unrelated people living in a housing unit.


Have your rental unit clean and move in ready, fix all problems not directly caused by the tenant such as: plumbing, wiring, and electrical, and sign up all rental units for the Rental Inspection Program.

How to be a Good Neighbor

Introduce yourself to all your neighbors when you first move in. Do not put inside furniture outside your house. Obey traffic laws (speed limits and parking signs). Keep the grounds around your housing unit clean. If you have a pet, make sure it is not disturbing neighbors (barking or entering into their property) and clean up after your pet. Be responsible for the actions of your guests. Be aware of the noise ordinance.