Tall grass ordinance starts Friday in South Bend

The tall grass and weed ordinance passed by the South Bend Common Council took effect at midnight Friday.

The ordinance states that grass cannot be taller than nine inches.

If South Bend city residents do not comply with the rule, they will be fined $250.

City officials believe that this new ordinance will help residential neighborhoods be a more appealing place to live.

The ordinance also states that if property owners have more than three environmental violations in a 90 day period, they will be subject to more fines and the city may request a Code Hearing per Code Enforcement.

If a Continuous Enforcement Order is issued, then it stays on the property for two years. That would result in a $500 fine for the first year and a $750 fine for the second year, in addition to a $400 fee.

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