Hartsdel Neighborhood Watch Association
Del City Ordinances
Tall Weeds & Grass



Sec. 13-107. Unlawful to maintain a public nuisance.

It is unlawful for any owner of any lot, tract or parcel of land located wholly or in part within the corporate limits of the city to allow trash or weeds to grow, stand or accumulate upon such premises and it is the duty of the owner to remove or destroy all such trash or weeds.
(Ord. No. 1026, § 1, 6-3-96)

Sec. 13-108. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1) Public nuisance or nuisance shall mean any accumulation of trash or growth of weeds or grass within the City which is:

a. Detrimental to the health, benefit and welfare of the public and the community;

b. A hazard to traffic;

c. A fire hazard to the danger of property;

d. Creates an attractive habitat for rodents, mosquitoes or other vermin.

(2) Weeds, includes, but is not limited to, poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac and all vegetation, at any state of maturity, which

a. Exceeds twelve (12) inches in height, except healthy trees, shrubs or produce for human consumption or is in a tended and cultivated garden unless such trees and shrubbery by their density or location constitute a detriment to the health, benefit and welfare of the public and community or a hazard to traffic or create a fire hazard to the property;

b. Regardless of height, conceals or attracts deposits or accumulation of refuse or trash;

c. Harbors rodents or other vermin;

d. Gives off unpleasant or noxious odor;

e. Constitutes a fire or traffic hazard;

f. Is dead or diseased.

The term "weed" does not include tended crops on land zoned for agricultural use which are planted more than one hundred fifty (150) feet from a parcel zoned for other than agricultural use.

(3) Trash shall extend to the widest sense of the term, and shall include, but not be limited to:

a. Refuse and litter;

b. Ashes;

c. Leaves and grass clippings;

d. Construction debris;

e. Paper;

f. Combustible materials;

g. Offal, carcasses or manure;

h. Rubbish;

i. Useless and unused, uncared for, discarded or abandoned matter of all kinds, whether solid or liquid in form.

(4) Owner means the owner of record as shown by the most current rolls of the County Treasurer.

(5) Traffic hazard is anything that impedes the flow of traffic or obstructs the view of an operator of a vehicle being operated on the public right-of-way.

(6) A fire hazard shall mean any situation, process, material or condition that, on the basis of applicable data, may cause a fire or explosion or provide a ready fuel supply to augment the spread or intensity of the fire or explosion and that poses a threat to life or property.

(Ord. No. 1026, § 1, 6-3-96)