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Weed Abatement

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Weeds are required to be abated on all city lots no later than June 15 in order to prevent fires from spreading. Weeds and other unmanaged combustible vegetation can cause a significant fire hazard as the season turns to summer. Please help us help you by using the following guidelines to manage the vegetation on your property.

Property Owners or Renters of Properties up to One Acre are required to:

  • Cut weeds and grass to no more than 4 inches in height
  • On your property and parkrows and other right of way areas abutting your property
  • Maintain weeds and grass throughout fire season at no more than 4" in height

weed abatment less than one acre

   

weed abatment more than one acre

Property Owners or Renters of Properties Greater than One Acre are required to:
  • Cut weeds to no more than 4 inches in height
  • On your property and parkrows and other right of way areas abutting your property
  • Create a buffer strip within 30 feet of the structure and/or to the lot line
  • Create a buffer strip 15 feet wide around the lot
  • Create a 15 foot buffer next to access roads and driveways through properties
Weed abatement is managed by Ashland Fire & Rescue. Weed abatement laws will be proactively applied to the Wildfire Hazard Zone. Weed abatement laws throughout the rest of the city will be managed by complaint or as possible on properties which present a fire risk. Weed abatement requirements will be applied as indicated in AMC 9.04 and penalties can include fines up to $500 per day plus the cost of abatement by the City.

COMPLAINTS
To file a weed abatement complaint after June 15, please use the attached form below. You may save a copy of the form to your desk top then attach the file to an e-mail. Complaints will only be accepted in writing on the form below beginning June 16.

To file an online complaint, click here: Weed Abatement Complaint Form


To print a form to be faxed or scanned, click here: Weed Abatement Complaint Form

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