Residential Lawn Maintenance

lawn maintenance includes lawn mowing

High weeds and grass become a public nuisance that threatens the health and safety of our community,” Hogsett said. “Throughout the summer months, we’ll have 8 contracted vendors and nearly 70 employees working across the city to tackle these challenges, but we can’t do it without the public’s help. If you encounter a property in this kind of condition, please report it to the Mayor’s Action Center.” Code Enforcement has private contractors ready to start mowing neglected properties learn more about High Grass Ordinance

You can call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or contact them by clicking here.

It’s not just an eyesore. High weeds and grass can pose a health hazard by attracting insects and rodents that can spread disease or destroy properties, It can also conceal hazards or criminal activity on the property as well.

the city sends a vendor to mow and then the city mails a $363 bill to the property owner.

Once the city sends a mowing bill to a property owner that address remains on a list where the city checks roughly every 30 days and will continue to mow.

The property owner will stay in that cycle until they come into compliance and any unpaid mowing bills may result in a lien on the property.

  • Sec. 537-31. – Exterior maintenance standards. The owner of a structure shall maintain the structure and premises in a safe and sanitary condition in accordance with the following standards:(1)The premises, including abutting sidewalks, gutters and alleys, shall be kept free of high grass and weeds, rubbish, garbage and any material that creates a health, safety or fire hazard. Grass and weeds shall be kept below twelve (12) inches. All dead or broken trees, tree limbs or shrubbery shall be cut and removed from the premises.

There is a good Samaritan law, so if you believe that a property is abandoned or vacant and you live adjacent to the property or you’re interested in buying that property, you can enter the property to abate it,

Good Samaritan Law. If the property is vacant or abandoned, the non-owner or tax sale purchaser may secure the property, remove trash and debris, mow the grass, and remove paint or graffiti. To learn more about the Good Samaritan Law and your rights, review Indiana Code 34-30-26.

an “abandoned house/property” is a single-family house or duplex that is both unoccupied long term and visibly uninhabitable. That is, it is both vacant and derelict. Its vacancy can be judged either from the fact it has sat empty for at least six months or that it has suffered sudden major structural damage such as from a fire or a storm. The fact that no one could live in it in its current condition might be seen from the fact that it is boarded up, or open to casual entry, or has major roof or window problems.

Unsafe Building Program, The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) works with community members and property owners to abate unsightly and unsafe conditions in Indianapolis. The agency enforces the Indiana Unsafe Building Law (Indiana Code 36-7-9) and the Vacant Building Standards set forth by Chapter 537 of the municipal code. BNS performs exterior inspections of vacant properties, maintains data pertaining to unsafe building cases, and conducts administrative hearings. For questions about the unsafe building program, call 317.327. 8600

Nuisance initiatives

The nuisance abatement analyst compiles data from leads by agencies and citizen complaints to determine candidates for nuisance lawsuit filing. Police data is also compiled from the GIS mapping system to allow the analyst to recommend both residential and commercial properties for nuisance abatement projects.
To report a nuisance property, business, or owner, email

In researching potential nuisance owners or properties, various criteria are taken into consideration, such as the following.

  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department runs and reports activity
  • Indianapolis Fire Department runs and reports to the locations
  • BNS violations such as high weeds and grass, building code, zoning ordinance, demolition or repair cases, vacant board orders, infrastructure, drainage and right of way, and illegal dumping activity
  • Marion County Public Health Department cases such as housing, trash, bed bugs, and lead-based violations
  • Animal Care Services runs and other related activity

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