St. Tammany residents face fines for overgrown property

Aug 24, 2012

Residents who live in the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish and fail to mow the grass on their lots could face a penalty of $300 and a possible property lien.

The Times-Picayune reports the parish is funding a new grass-cutting initiative with $15,000 and a focus on chronic violators.

The owners of property with growth taller than 15 inches could get a letter from the parish giving them 10 days to remove weeds, grass or deleterious, unhealthy growth or the parish will take action.

If the property owner doesn't remove the growth during the 10-day period, the parish or its contractor will mow the grass and bill the owner $300 for the service.

The parish is also encouraging residents to file complaints about grass or other code violations.