Building Code News

Posted on: April 26, 2017

Warm weather brings on Tall Grass and Noxious Weeds

The spring rains and return of warm weather has provided prime conditions for rapid growth of noxious weeds.  Noxious weeds are defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation other than trees or shrubs.  This definition does not include cultivated flowers and gardens.  

The City's program for managing Noxious Weeds and Tall Grass will kick off May 1st.  What that means is that staff will be receiving and acting on Citizen Concerns of Noxious Weeds and reminding property owners, if necessary, to take proper care of their yards.  

Section 110-27 of the City Ordinance states “It shall be the duty of each owner, possessor or occupier of land, and of every person having charge of any land within the city, to cut or remove and destroy all noxious weeds. Noxious 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.  All noxious weeds shall be cut or removed and destroyed on or before May 1 of each year. Thereafter, all noxious weeds shall be cut or removed and destroyed before they reach a height of six (6”) inches on lands adjacent to a residence or a height of eight inches on vacant lands or commercial property and, in any case, as necessary to prevent all noxious weeds from going to seed or otherwise spreading or becoming a detriment to the public health.”  

A number of residents take great pride in their yard and are simply looking for their neighbors to do the same," said Sue Coggin, Building Code and Rental Inspection Coordinator, "numerous calls are received over the summer with concerns of tall grass and noxious weeds, so much so that the City hires a part time employee to manage this program which runs from May 1st through October 31st.

Property owners that fail to comply with the city ordinance related to Noxious Weeds will result in the City undertaking the cutting and/or clean up, and presenting the owner with a bill for services.  

Questions regarding the Noxious Weed program can be directed to Building Code Enforcement 989-894-8176 or by email scoggin@baycitymi.org.


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