With spring and the growing season well upon us, the City of Longview would like to remind residents that there are regulations governing vegetation within city limits. All property owners are required to maintain their premises in a healthy and sanitary manner free of trash and excessive vegetative growth. Longview typically experiences vegetative growth from May 1 through October 31 every year. During this time period, Code Compliance inspectors will be on the lookout for overgrown grass, weeds, and vegetation.
“Grass pollen is a common trigger for asthma and allergies,” says Code Compliance Manager Gregory Hannon. “Keeping grass cut lower than 12 inches is part of an overall preventative strategy to control respiratory illnesses. Excessive vegetation growth can also create a haven for rats and other vermin, leading to serious public health problems.”
Weeds may be defined as, but are not limited to, dandelions, morning glory, blackberry bushes, poison ivy, poison oak, and all vegetation at any state of maturity that:
- Exceeds more than 12 inches in height, is untended, or creates a dense area of shrubbery that could cause a problem to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
- Becomes an area for deposits or accumulations of refuse or trash.
- Creates a haven or refuge for snakes, rats or other rodents and vermin.
- Creates an unpleasant or harmful odor.
- Contains grass or weeds that are dead and diseased.
Violations of vegetation regulations may result in the issuance of a Warning Notice. Failure to comply with a Warning Notice may result in fines and/or the Code Compliance Division cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup.
Questions about overgrown vegetation may be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 360-442-5093, Monday through Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.