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The Albany Municipal Code 7.84.120 defines grass, weeds and other vegetation as a public nuisance when it is:

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More than 10 inches tall or the Fire Chief determines it is a fire hazard.

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Poisonous to the touch, such as poison oak.

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Rampant (such as blackberries or bamboo) and crossing property lines, damaging fences or structures, or encroaching onto sidewalks or streets.

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Blocks the view of oncoming traffic or blocks vision in areas around intersections and driveways.

What happens when a complaint is made?

  • After staff receives a complaint and verifies the code violation(s) a notice is sent to the property owner, or others in control of property, giving them 14 days to abate it.
  • If the work is not completed by the responsible party in 14 days, the City may do it and bill for the work.
  • If the nuisance poses an imminent danger, the City may do the work WITHOUT notice and bill the person responsible.
  • Details about the regulations can be found at AMC 7.84.120-170

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