City wants high weeds and grass cut

(Provided Photo/Department of Code Enforcement)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – With warm weather here and spring in full bloom, it’s now time to mow the lawn.

Inspectors with the Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) in Indianapolis were out on Thursday, making sure property owners are keeping their lawns cut. It’s part of the city’s high weeds and grass program.

Every year inspectors go out with their rulers looking for grass that is 12 inches or higher. Any property with grass taller than 12 inches will get a notice that they are in violation of a city ordinance.

The property owner then has five days to cut the lawn. If the grass hasn’t been mowed in those five days, the city will cut the grass and charge the property owner $300. Code Enforcement says it’s about more than neighborhoods just looking better.

“It’s the broken window theory,” says Adam Baker with Code Enforcement. “That if there’s one thing wrong, we’ve seen a direct correlation between high weeds and grass, and safety and abandoned housing. And so again our objective is to work with the homeowner to clean their city up and to make sure they understand it’s their responsibility.”

If you see a lawn that is out of control you can call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4MAC (4622).

Citizens can also report complaints through the RequestIndy website or through the ReuqestIndy app.

Baker says last year they found 17,000 violations.

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