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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.

 

 

Report Online

 

Get the Mobile App

You can also submit a weeded lot that you encounter in Anne Arundel County from your mobile device.  

Get the Mobile App for iOS or Android devices: 

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Report By Phone

To report a weeded lot by phone, 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. 

Investigation

Once a call is received, an inspector is sent to investigate the request to verify that the property is in violation of County Code §13-6.  If the property is found to be in violation, a series of certified letters are sent to the property owner, informing them that the property must be cut and brought into compliance with County Code §13-6-101.  The owner is given seven days from the time of initial notification to comply.  If the property is not in compliance within the time provided, the County’s contractor will bring the property into compliance.  The property owner is then invoiced for the cost of cutting, including an administrative fee and overhead cost.  The entire compliance process takes about three to four 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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