The Summer Weed Program was developed to eliminate environmental nuisances from the neighborhoods. We enforce the ordinance by posting properties and taking a land mark photo where the grass, or other vegetation, exceeds nine (9) inches in height. After five (5) days the violation is removed by using a contractor designated by the City to do the cutting. The owner of the property is billed for the cost of the cutting plus an administrative fee. If the owner does not reimburse Neighborhood Code for the cutting, a tax lien is placed against the property.
City law prohibits:
Any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation on private property which is: neglected, disregarded or not cut, mowed, or otherwise removed, and/or which has attained a height of nine inches or more.
Any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush on private property.
Any poison ivy, ragweed or other poisonous plant, or plants detrimental to health, growing on private property.
Property which has been allowed to become a health or safety hazard, or which has accumulated litter or waste products.
Once Neighborhood Code receives a complaint about weeds or high grass, a member of the weed staff will go to the property to see if there is a violation. If violations exist, a sign will be posted in the yard stating the following:
If the weeds/grass are not removed from this property within five (5) days after the date of this posting, the City of Fort Wayne will cut the weeds/grass and remove trash if necessary. The City will then seek recovery of the actual cost from the property owner.
To make a complaint on a property that is in violation of the Fort Wayne Municipal Code please call 311. Please Provide Neighborhood Code with the exact address of the property. It is very hard to cite a property without the correct information. A member of the weed staff will survey the property within two days.