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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Reminder About Grass & Weeds Ordinance

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Pursuant to City of Waukee ordinance, grass/weeds are not allowed to grow higher than 8 inches on developed properties and 10 inches on undeveloped properties. Chapter 50.02(9) of the Waukee City Code states the following:

The following subsections include, but do not limit, the conditions that are deemed to be nuisances in the City

9. Grass, Weeds, and Brush. Grass, weeds, or brush allowed to grow to a height greater than eight inches on developed properties and 10 inches on undeveloped properties, or any accumulation of dead weeds or grass that are expose to public view, on any non-farm property which is not within the jurisdiction of the County Weed Commissioner. This provision shall not apply to prairies, wetlands, or similar areas of naturalized perennial vegetation which are certified by an Enforcement Officer to not constitute a nuisance.

If violations are reported to the City, the Code Compliance office tries its best to contact the property owners. If the property owner in question does not mow/trim within the allotted window of the notice, a lawn service is hired and the property owner will be billed for that service plus administrative fees.

Concerns related to lawn maintenance, snow removal, noise, debris, potholes and more can be submitted through the City’s Report a Concern module. Call 515-978-9533 with any questions related to property maintenance requirements or issues.

Also, the Stormwater Division reminds property owners and lawn service workers to please make sure that grass clippings are not blown into or swept into the public streets. When piled up, clippings can be hazardous to motorcyclists and bicyclists. And, lawn clippings which reach the storm sewer can cause problems for aquatic life downstream. Waukee City Code Chapter 135.03 addresses this prohibition.

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