Code Compliance: The Grass is Growing
After our wet winter, the growing season has started with a bang: grass and weeds are growing fast. It is time to bring out the lawnmowers and start taking care of our yards.
Did you know grass and weeds over 10 inches tall or going to seed are code violations?
High grass and weeds are considered “noxious vegetation,” which is a civil infraction in Tigard with potential fines of up to $250 per day. By contrast, aesthetic issues like shaggy lawns, overgrown shrubs and failure to water a lawn are not code violations.
Be sure to keep your yard trimmed and mowed. Front and rear yards are obvious when they get too tall or overgrown, but many residents have other, less noticed areas that require the same maintenance.
Did you know property owners are also responsible for the maintenance of city right-of way?
Residents should look past the obvious property boundaries when maintaining their yards and look for adjoining right-of-way areas that needs maintenance.
For instance, the adjoining property owner is responsible for maintaining:
- Planter strips between the sidewalk and the street (even if behind a fence).
- Areas that stretch up through their properties to the road or to a ditch.
- Any vegetation that is behind their properties such as on a hillside (even if outside the fenced yard).
File a Complaint
If you find a code violation that needs correction, please send us a code violation complaint through our online portal or pick up a request form at the Permit Center. Please remember to provide the property’s address. All complaints are public record and anonymous complaints will not be accepted.
Code Compliance will be happy to work with you to get violations corrected. Common code violations can be found here.