With monsoon season in full swing, residents are reminded that weed removal from sidewalks, driveway culverts, and street parkways is the responsibility of the adjacent property owners. Weeds can become obstructions on sidewalks, as well as cause deterioration and cracking of concrete, making prevention through removal of weeds an important element of sidewalk preservation. Section 8-3-1(A) of the Prescott City Code reads as follows:
All persons owning or occupying any building, grounds or premises within the City are hereby required to remove therefrom all dirt, debris, rubbish, garbage, weeds and brush and said persons are also required to remove therefrom all dirt, debris, rubbish, garbage, weeds and brush and maintain all sidewalks, driveway culverts and street parkways adjacent to said building, grounds or premises.
It is also the responsibility of the City of Prescott property owner or occupants to cut or remove grass and weeds in excess of twelve inches (12″) high throughout the property. The goal of City Code section 7-5-4(C) is to reduce blight as well as insect and rodent infestation. The following is the full section of the Code:
Weeds, Bushes, Trees and Other Vegetation: All exterior property areas shall be kept free from dry vegetation, tumbleweeds, weeds, bushes and tall grass and trees which present a visual blight upon the area, which may harbor insect or rodent infestations, or which is or may likely become a fire hazard or otherwise threaten the health and safety or the economic welfare of adjacent property owners or occupants. It is the responsibility of the owner or occupant to cut or remove grass and weeds in excess of twelve inches (12″) high throughout the property, unless the Community Development Director, in consultation with the Prescott Fire Chief or his designee, determines that it is not practical to do so on some or all of the property.
For further information, please contact the Street Maintenance Division at (928) 777-1126, regarding owner-responsibility for maintenance of adjacent sidewalks and culverts, or the Code Enforcement Division at (928) 777-1320, to report high weeds on private property or other nuisances.