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Overview

Each year during the spring/summer season, the Department of Public Works receives over 1400 requests for enforcement of the Weeded Lot law. Article 13, Title 6, of the Anne Arundel County Code states that a homeowner, occupant, or person in control of real property may not allow or maintain on their property a growth of weeds or grass that is 12 inches or higher.

How to Report?

To report a weeded lot, please call (410) 222-7582. We are available to take your call Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

You may also submit your request using the Contact DPW form. Please indicate your request as a weeded lot and include a physical address in the comment section. Questions regarding this legislation should be directed to Bureau of Highways Administration at (410) 222-7321.

Investigation

Once a call is received, an inspector investigates the request to verify that the property is in violation of County Code.If the property is found to be in violation of County Code, notification is sent to the property owner via a certified letter that the lot needs to be cut. If the property owner does not comply, the certified notice is posted on the property for a period of 7 days. If not cut on the 8th day, the County's Contractor is sent to cut the property,and the property owner is invoiced for all charges, including overhead. This entire process can take over three weeks.

Not paying the invoice could result in a tax lien on the property. It can cost a property owner as much as $500 each time they fail to cut their property. Additionally, this violation of the County Code carries civil penalties up to $1,000.

Exemptions

There are some exemptions to the weeded lot law such as 

  • Agricultural property
  • Natural wooded areas
  • Areas publicly owned and preserved as natural areas, open space or for recreation

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