Grass and Yard ordinances

As spring arrives, code enforcement by the Durand Police Department increases.  Two of the codes that are routinely enforced during the warm months are the Junk Vehicle Ordinance and the Grass/Weeds Ordinance.

These ordinances are in place to help keep Durand a healthy, safe and clean community to live in.  By maintaining your property, you help maintain property values, you are being a good neighbor and you are making Durand a terrific place to live in or to visit. 

The Weeds/Grass Ordinance (82-31 & 32) reads in part that it is the responsibility of the property owner or occupant to maintain the height of the grass and weeds on the property.  The ordinance reads that when grass and weeds exceed six inches it must be cut and legally disposed of, including the grass along a fence, foundation and curb.

If a property owner or occupant fails to maintain the property within the guidelines set forth in the ordinance, the property owner can receive a citation and have to appear in court.  Also, the city can have the grass/weeds cut at the owner’s expense.  When the city has to contract with a lawn service to cut grass on property that is in violation of the ordinance, the lawn service charges $35.00 dollars per hour with a minimum charge of 1-hour and the city of Durand charges a $50.00 administrative fee for each time the city has to have the grass cut.  Please make sure to take care of your lawn to avoid this unnecessary fee.

The Junk Vehicle Ordinance (34-71) reads in part that a vehicle is in violation of the ordinance if any of the following auto components are in a condition other than what is listed:  working battery that will start the vehicle, a working engine, four (4) tires on the vehicle that hold air.

Rule of thumb:  If a vehicle is not road worthy, it is considered to be in violation of this ordinance.