Enforcement of Grass and Weeds Violations to begin Monday, May 1

Enforcement of the City of Kalamazoo’s Tall Grass and Weeds Ordinance will begin on Monday, May 1.

Section 22-3 of the City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances identifies as a public nuisances “noxious weeds or any other weeds or grasses which have attained a height of 12 inches or more,” and that “it is unlawful for any person owning, occupying or in control of any lot or land, public or private, to allow, maintain or permit such nuisance to remain on such lot or land.”

In 2017 the City Commission approved a new fee schedule for violations of tall grass and weed violations to discourage repeat offenses and property owners relying on City staff for lawn care. The fine for the first violation is $127 and increases $50 with each additional violation up to a maximum of $277 for the fourth violation (and any beyond four). Additional fees will be incurred if the City is required to dispatch a mowing contractor to correct the violation on the property owner’s behalf.

Property owners are encouraged to maintain their properties to help keep our City and neighborhoods inviting, avoid costly fines, and help prevent the spread of noxious weeds and invasive plants. Citizens can report grass at or near 12” or noxious weeds by calling the 24-hour hotline at (269) 337-8847.