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The Albany Municipal Code 8.01.025 defines weeds, tall grass, or other noxious vegetation are a public nuisance and subject to citation. It is unlawful for the owner or any person in possession or control of any lot or premises within the city to maintain a lot or premises which is determined to be a fire hazard or safety hazard as defined under any of the following conditions:

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When excess vegetation is determined by the fire chief or their designee to be a fire hazard;

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When vegetation creates a public safety concern such as, but not limited to, blocking the view of oncoming traffic, blocking the public right-of-way, or blocking vision clearance areas around intersections and driveways; or

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When grass is in excess of 10 inches.

(Exceptions can be granted for parcels of land used for agricultural purposes.)

What happens when a complaint is made?

  • After the Albany Fire Department receives a complaint, a notice is sent to the property owners or others in control of property, giving them 14 days to abate it.
  • If the work is not completed by the responsible party in 14 days, the City may do it and bill for the work.
  • If the nuisance poses an imminent danger, the City may do the work WITHOUT notice and bill the person responsible.

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