Green, Green Grass of Home

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

We’ve all heard the old saying … “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”  Well, this year, thanks to our unseasonably warm March, the grass is greener everywhere!  Thankfully, the City’s Weed Abatement Program will hit the ground running on May 1st.

This program enforces City Ordinance 78-28, which limits the height of grass on developed properties to eight inches.  Grass on undeveloped properties is limited to 16 inches and must be cut 165 feet from the street.  All properties include the area between the street and sidewalk.  Where there is no sidewalk, you must mow to the street.

Overgrown lawns, like this one, are a blight in our neighborhoods

The vast majority of Auburn Hills’ residents and business owners are outstanding at maintaining their lawns and property.  However, as we all know, these are trying economic times and some homes and businesses have become vacant due to foreclosure or abandonment.  This is where the Weed Abatement Program comes in.  After a 72 hour notice (only one of which will be issued to a location per mowing season) a City contractor is assigned to cut the grass and weeds at an offending location and the owner is billed, plus an administrative fee.  If the bill is not paid, the cost becomes a tax lien on the property.

A new twist this year is that the Senior Residential Lawn Service that the City has provided for many years will be linked with the Weed Abatement Program by using the same contractor.  This will not affect the senior program’s schedule, but will allow us to simplify and coordinate the two programs under one team.

You can help our team this summer.  If you observe grass that is reaching the prohibited height, between May 1st and October 15th, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 248-364-6900.  This is especially helpful if there is tall grass in a rear yard or a secluded area not observable from the street.

With your help, we can keep the City of Auburn Hills green and not overgrown.