Code Enforcement Determined to Clean Up Tall Grass in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, IN (May 6, 2022) – April showers bring May flowers, but it also means local lawns are growing fast. Clarksville Building Commissioner Rick Barr is reminding residents to make sure they are keeping their property’s grass cut in order to remain in compliance with Town code.

“Our Code Enforcement Officers are out and about to make a careful inspection of any lots, grounds, and/or tracts of land situated within the corporate limits of the Town for the purpose of determining whether there is a violation tall grass or weeds,” said Clarksville Building Commissioner Rick Barr.

Residents may not know it, but the Town of Clarksville actually has an ordinance requiring that properties keep their yards free of high weeds, grass, or other vegetation. Town ordnance 2021-G-08 is located on our website in Chapter 97 of the town Municipal Code, and reads:

“It is unlawful for the owner of any lot or tract of land within the town to allow it to be overgrown with weeds, grass, or rank vegetation beyond the height of (10) ten inches, or to such extent that the growth is detrimental to the public health and constitutes a nuisance.”

Whenever a Code Enforcement officer finds a violation, the officer will issue a written notice of violation to the landowner to remove the grass, weeds, or rank vegetation within (5) five days of the date of the notice.  After those five days, the code enforcement officer will return for another inspection. If the problem is not corrected, Town officials will have the authority to enter the property to remedy the situation. This could result in a lien being placed on the property until the problem is remedied and the property owner pays for the mowing of the property.

If you have any questions or know of anyone that may be in violation, please make a complaint on our website on our website Portal  https://twn-clarksville-in.smartgovcommunity.com/ or call the building Department (812) 283-1510.