The Albany Municipal Code was updated in December 2016 with new regulations for grass, weeds and other vegetation that create a public nuisance.
The new regulations are in AMC 7.84.120. In brief, vegetation is a nuisance:
- When it is more than 10 inches tall;
- When the Fire Chief determines it is a fire hazard;
- When the plants are poisonous to the touch, such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac;
- When plants such as blackberries or bamboo are rampant and crossing property lines, damaging fences or structures, or encroaching onto sidewalks or streets;
- When it blocks the view of oncoming traffic or blocks vision in areas around intersections and driveways.
When City staff receives complaints about such potential problem properties, we send notice to the property owner or others in control of property, giving them 14 days to abate it. If the work is not completed in that period, the City may do it and bill the owner for the clean-up. If the nuisance poses imminent danger, the City may abate the problem without notice to the owner but will bill the person responsible.
Details about the regulations can be found at AMC 7.84.120-170