While the recent rains have made vacant fields seem beautiful with lush greenery, speckled with yellow flowers, they will soon dry up and become dangerous fire risks. In February, the City of Sacramento’s Weed Abatement Program sent out letters to over 7,000 vacant properties with the risk of high weeds. Enforcement is starting two weeks earlier to get a jump start on the already growing parcels. Property owners have until April 15, 2016 to abate their property to avoid penalties and administrative fees.

After April 15, notified properties will be inspected. If property owners are found in violation, they will be issued an administrative penalty and the parcel will be scheduled for abatement. The penalty for not abating the property after notice is given will be up to $1,500 depending on the property size.

Weeds at this vacant lot are clearly taller than 12 inches as measure by an 18 inch traffic cone.
Weeds at this vacant lot are clearly taller than 12 inches as measure by an 18 inch traffic cone.

Property owners are fully responsible for taking the appropriate action when dangerous situations occur on vacant lots that may put residents and surrounding lots at risk. Although maintenance is required throughout the year, it is crucial for properties to be maintained during high fire months – April through October.

With more rain than the previous few years, it is speculated that weeds will be growing at a faster rate, which makes it crucial to regularly maintain properties.

The Weed Abatement Program managed by the Code Enforcement division is in place to avoid fire hazards and ensures the health and safety of neighborhoods. If you see high, dry weeds please report the property to 311.