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Weeds, Grass & Vegetation

Complaints related to overgrown weeds, grass, bushes or trees at a property or lot are handled by the Visalia Fire Department - Prevention Division. Report these by completing the Code Enforcement Complaint Form or by calling the Abatement Hotline at 559-713-4207.

What is a Weed?

“Weeds” means all undesired plants of rank or profuse growth growing upon streets, alleys, sidewalks or private property in the city and including, but not limited to, any of the following:

  • Weeds which bear or may bear seeds of a wing or downy nature;
  • Weeds and indigenous grasses which may attain such large growth as to become, when dry, a fire menace to adjacent property;
  • Weeds which are otherwise noxious or dangerous;
  • Poison oak and poison ivy when the conditions of growth are such as to constitute a menace to public health. (Prior code § 4530) MC 8.56.01

Weeds are an issue when they create the following problems:

  • fire hazards to structures;
  • visual hazards to motor traffic, bicyclists or pedestrians;
  • physical hazards to motor traffic, bicyclists or pedestrians;
  • are producing seeds that will be dispersed;
  • an impediment in the right-of-way; or
  • an impediment to drainage

For additional information related to Weed Abatement Click Here.

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