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High Grass and Weeds

What is the maximum height grass is allowed to be without being in violation?

Section 302.4 of the Property Maintenance Code of New York State states as follows:

§PM302.4 Weeds. All premises and immediate exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches (254 mm). All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.

What will happen if an owner does not cut his/her lawn after a notice and order has been issued?

Seven days after a notice and order has been issued a reinspection will be conducted, if the violation remains, a ticket for $150 will be issued to the property owner and the grass will be sent to contract to be cut at the owners expense.

How Can I Report High Grass and Weeds?

To report a property violation involving high grass & weeds, please call the Bureau of Inspection and Compliance at (585)428-6520, or submit an online complaint 

 


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