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Got a Yard Full of Weeds? The City of El Paso Could Fine You

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Got weeds? Get rid of them or get cited. As much as we love the much needed rain the monsoon season brings, we’re not the only ones who welcome it – the weeds that literally sprout everywhere overnight love it too. And thanks to three days of constant rain last week, weeds will be popping up all over the place in the days to come. It’s the very reason the city’s code compliance trucks are going to be driving around seven days a week for the next month and a half. The city wants to make sure your yard hasn’t been overrun by weeds. Failure to keep up with your yard could result in a citation.

And don’t think taking care of your front and back yard is where your responsibility ends, either. The city’s Manager of Code Compliance was interviewed by a local news station recently and she said property owners also have an obligation to take care of unsightly grass and weeds in the area between the curb and sidewalk, and the alley way behind your house. She added that if you don’t control the overgrowth and one of the compliance guys driving around takes notice, you’ll either be warned, cited, or both.

If you don’t comply after that, the city will be happy to send people over and clean it up for you – then send you the bill. To read up on the compliance codes, or to rat out one of your neighbors, hit up the Environmental Services common code violations brochure.

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