The Sussex County Council adopted an ordinance July 16 that helps clean up local rules on property maintenance.
The ordinance updates a section of the county code to clean up language and include penalties for property owners who allow tall grasses and weeds to overrun their properties. The ordinance updates a previous section of the code that was adopted several years ago, but at the time, neglected to clearly articulate penalties for violators.
By code, grasses and weeds extending 12 inches in height or more are considered tall and, thus, in violation. The new ordinance is aimed at residential and commercial areas in unincorporated parts of the county. It does not apply to properties in agricultural use. Enforcement of the code will continue to be based on a complaint-driven process.
The minimum fine is set at $250 for violators who refuse to comply with a notice to cut their property; repeat violators could face fines up to $2,500. The ordinance also allows for the county to cut unkempt properties and bill the owners.
For more information, call (302) 855-7819.