Weeds, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont
Weeds, such as jimson,
burdock, ragweed, thistle, cocklebur, leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, spotted
knapweed, diffuse knapweed, bindweed, dandelion or other weeds of a like kind,
found growing in any lot or tract of land in the city, are a public nuisance
and shall be removed.
This also includes any weeds, grasses
or other unsightly vegetation to grow in height exceeding twelve inches
or to otherwise become a nuisance.
Every owner or occupant of any property
within the city shall remove all weeds, brush and rubbish of all kinds from
the premises. This includes any alleys behind, sidewalks in front and any
abutting the public right-of-way. The term "public right-of-way"
means and includes the non-traveled portion of any street or alley.
Longmont's Weed Ordinances
List A and B Noxious Weeds
The Code Enforcement Officer may
serve a Notice of Violation upon the owner and/or any occupant of premises
where weeds are found or permitted to grow in violation of the provisions
of the City of Longmont Municipal Code. The notice shall be effective immediately
upon personal service, or if by mailing, upon deposit in the United States
The notice shall provide
that the owner or person in possession of the property shall cultivate, mow
or chemically spray and remove the weeds from the property within ten days
of the mailing of the notice.
The owner or occupant may submit,
in writing, a request for hearing in the matter to the City Clerk and a copy
to the office of the City Attorney, stating any defenses to the duties of
If the owner or occupant fails to
cultivate, mow or chemically spray and remove the weeds within the time provided
by the notice, then the city or its agents may enter upon the property to
cut and remove the weeds.
All expenses incurred
by the city shall become the joint and several obligation of the owner(s)
or occupant(s) of the property. The costs incurred by the city in such weed
cuttings and removal, along with a twenty- percent administrative service
charge, shall be a lien against the property. The costs shall be an assessment
certified by the director of finance to the office of the county treasurer
for collection in the same manner as the collection of general property taxes.
If costs for abatement of the property
are not paid then upon receipt of the assessment roll certified by the director
of finance, the county treasurer shall collect the amounts so assessed in
the same manner as the collection of general property taxes.
In addition to the administrative
remedies as stated above, the city attorney is authorized to file an action
to abate and enjoin the weed nuisance before any court of competent jurisdiction.
The city attorney may also maintain a claim for damages for costs incurred,
lien foreclosure and costs of action, including reasonable attorney's fees.
administrative and judicial remedies stated in this chapter, it is unlawful
for any owner or occupant of property to violate Section 9.32.010. The court
shall punish offenders by a fine of between fifty dollars and five hundred
dollars. The second conviction within a twelve-month period shall carry a
minimum fine of one hundred dollars, which the court shall not suspend.
"A" Noxious Weeds
weeds are the most dangerous threat facing Colorado 's natural areas. Noxious
weeds can easily spread from your property to public lands. It is your responsibility
to remove noxious weeds from your property.
TO NATIVE SPECIES
weeds are plants that are not native to Colorado and are mandated by law to
be controlled. They have no natural enemies here to control their populations.
Their seeds are easily spread by wind, water, tires, clothing, plus domestic
and wild animals. Once noxious weeds become established in an area, they crowd
out surrounding native plants by stealing precious moisture, nutrients and
sunlight. This change in the plant community harms the local wildlife community.
Without the native plants they depend on, native wildlife numbers can drop
drastically in weed-infested areas.
AGAINST THE LAW!
Colorado Noxious Weed Act, §§
C.R.S (2003) designates myrtle spurge as a List A Noxious Weed that must
be eradicated. It is a violation of this law to allow myrtle spurge to "produce
seed or develop other reproductive propagules."
LIST "A" AND "B" PLANTS
Last Updated: 05/23/12