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Keep Auburn Hills Green … Not Overgrown

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Well, it’s finally here, that time when we trade our snowblowers for lawnmowers.

Almost time to cut the grass!

Almost time to cut the grass!

It’s also time to remind Auburn Hills’ residents, property owners, and businesses of our City’s ordinance regarding grass and weeds.  Essentially, grass that has grown over eight inches in length is deemed a nuisance.

Once that height is reached, Code Enforcement Officers will issue a Violation Notice, either by affixing a green sticker to the property advising that the grass must be cut within 72 hours or by mailing a Violation Notice for cutting within 10 days.

The exception is what the ordinance calls “unimproved property.”  This is defined as property that is vacant and in a subdivision where there are buildings on less that 50% of the properties.  These properties will be issued Violation Notices when the grass reaches 16 inches.

If the grass in violation is not cut within the allotted time period, the ordinance authorizes contractors to cut the grass and bill the owner for the cost of the cutting plus administrative fees.  If these bills are not paid, a lien can be placed on the property.  The vast majority of property owners in Auburn Hills maintain their lots well within the limits of the ordinance.

Special attention is given to these properties and citizens can assist.  If there is a property in your neighborhood, particularly one that cannot be observed by Code Enforcement Officers from the street due to being in the rear or behind a privacy fence, please call Community development at 248-364-6900.

Let’s work together to keep Auburn Hills green, not overgrown.