Kilgore City Ordinance mandates certain mowing requirements inside the city limits. The mowing requirement is divided into two separate types of lots, developed and undeveloped. The Code states that a developed lot must have the uncultivated grasses and weeds maintained at a height less than 12 inches. A developed lot is any lot that has or now has a structure on it. This requirement is applicable to residences, businesses and lots with abandoned structures on them. The second type of lot is an undeveloped lot. On an undeveloped lot, the property owner is only responsible for maintaining the grasses and weeds at a height less than 12 inches in the right of way only. This area, which is defined by the Code, is the area from the curb 20 feet onto the property. An example of an undeveloped lot would be a vacant lot that has never been improved, a pasture or a wooded area.
The Code also recognizes that on larger lots, the owner of the property may wish to keep a portion of the lot in its natural state. The Code has an exception for this instance. The Code sets forth that on lots larger than 1/2 acres, the owner may keep any portion of the lot in its natural state except for an area measuring 50 feet from the structure or residence, an area measuring 10 feet on either side of the driveway if present and an area measuring 20 feet from the curb, also known as the street right of way. These areas must have the grass maintained at a height less than 12 inches, in accordance with City Ordinance.
The International Property Maintenance Code, which was adopted by the City Council, states that 'all exterior property and premises must be kept free' of junk and debris (International Property Maintenance Code 307.1)
. This includes, but is not limited to:
In most instances, the property owner will be given 14 days to correct the violation. Violations not corrected may be corrected by the City at the owners expense. If the City clears a lot, the owner of the property will be sent a bill for the charges and if the bill is not satisfied in a timely manner, a lien could be filed on the property.