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Spring/Summer Grass & Weed Ordinances in Effect

Spring/Summer Grass & Weed Ordinances in Effect

  • 1 May 2017
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May 1 is the start of grass and weed season in Ferndale. In order to keep our streets and neighborhoods free from debris and unsightly conditions, our Code Enforcement Department monitors to ensure ordinances are being met. 

Don't wait until you're issued a warning (or worse, a citation)! Re-familiarize yourself with the ordinance requirements below. 

  • Lawn and easement grass must be mowed or trimmed to 7" or lower in height. 
  • Weeds—consisting of all weeds, grass, brush, wildings, second growth, rank vegetation, and other vegetation that is not growing in its proper place—must be removed or trimmed to 7" or lower in height. 
  • If you own a property—even if you don't live there—you are required by ordinance to keep it free of weeds/grass higher than 7". 
  • Lawn/grass and weed ordinances are enforced May 1–Oct. 31 of each year. 
  • If you are found to have grass and/or weeds in excess of the allowed 7", you will receive a courtesy notice. Upon receiving this notice, you have one week to correct the issue(s); otherwise, the City is required to enforce the ordinance at the property owner's expense. The minimum fee for this is $275. 

To view the complete City ordinances, see below. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Code Enforcement at 248-546-2525, option 3 on the auto attendant. 

ORD 992 SEC 20-39 (a):  Each person occupying a piece of property and the owners of vacant properties shall maintain all yard spaces, including such portions of any street or alley abutting such lands dedicated for public use that would be attached to the said parcel of land upon the vacation of the public rights to the street or alley that is not otherwise paved or improved, in a condition that will not detract from the appearance of the neighborhood.

ORD 992 SEC 20-40:  It is unlawful for any person having control of any occupied or unoccupied lot or parcel of land or any part thereof, in the city, to permit or maintain on any such lot or parcel of land any growth of weeds or poisonous or harmful plants.  Sec 20-38 defines weeds as any growth of plants that exceeds 7" in height

992 Article III Sec. 20-41:  Each person having control of any occupied or unoccupied land shall . . . maintain such parcel of land free from any growth...between May 1and October 31 in order to keep said vegetation from obtaining a height greater than 7" or obtaining a spread of over 7 square inches.  (b) The notice shall contain the provision that if the requirements of this article are not complied with, without further notice, the City Manager may cause such weeds or poisonous or harmful vegetation to be cut or destroyed, as required by the provisions of this article with the actual cost for such destruction and removal plus an additional fee to cover inspection and other costs in connection therewith to be charged against the property.

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