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Code Enforcement


Most citizens probably are not aware of is that there are ordinances and codes in place that prohibit the overgrowth of weeds upon lots within the City of Prosser.  In 2008 the City of Prosser adopted the International Property Maintenance Code, which came to be known as the Property Maintenance Code for the City of Prosser.

Section 302.4 of the Property Maintenance Code for the City prohibits the growth of weeds on a lot over 12” in height.  The following information was taken directly from the Property Maintenance Code:

“302.4 Weeds. All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of twelve (12) inches. All noxious weeds, including but not limited to such weeds identified by the Benton County Noxious Weed Control Board, shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetables, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.”

In addition to being an eye sore, weeds can also become a fire hazard to many structures and neighboring properties.  Citizens are encouraged to abate overgrown weeds frequently throughout the spring and summer to avoid complaints from other citizens.  Upon receiving a complaint, the City of Prosser’s Community Service Officer will issue a written and possibly a verbal warning to the property owner.  If it is left unabated in the time specified, it can result in the issuance of a civil infraction, which can amount up to $250.00 each day the violation occurs or continues to occur.

Please do your part in ensuring the City of Prosser remains a clean, safe, and sanitary place for its citizens.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Community Service Officer at (509) 786-1500 ext. 8211.