City of Kilgore Code Enforcement Begins Working on High Weeds and Grass Violations.

April 2, 2012

City of Kilgore Code Enforcement Begins Working on High Weeds and Grass Violations.


Once again Spring time in East Texas is here.  With this season comes warmer days, flowers blooming and more time outdoors.  This time of year also heralds the beginning of mowing season.  With the short and warmer than usual winter that we have had in this area, the grass and weeds have already begun to grow.  The City of Kilgore Code Enforcement Office wanted to take this time to remind our citizens about our local city codes regarding high weeds and grass.

1)  The City of Kilgore Code of Ordinances states that grass and weeds cannot be allowed to grow taller than 12 inches on any developed lot less than ½ acre.  A developed lot is a lot where a structure (house, shed, or other building) is located.  At most residences, the grass in the front and back yard must be kept shorter than 12 inches

2)  City Code also states that the property owner is responsible for mowing the street right of way (ROW).  At most residences and businesses, mowing out to the curb or street is done without a second thought.  However, on vacant lots most times mowing is overlooked by the owner since there is not a structure on the lot.  Our City Code requires that the property owner is responsible for mowing and keeping the grass and weeds under 12 inches for 20 feet from the street or curb.  This is to prevent high weeds and grass from hindering a driver’s view while on the roadway.

Why is the City concerned with how tall my grass is?

There are two main reasons.  The first is to protect the health of our citizens.  Whenever a lot is overgrown, it can lead to an increase in the rodent population, some of which may carry disease.  This increase can also be a food source for other animals such as snakes.  Rodents and snakes will not stay just on the property where high weeds and grass provide food and shelter.  Eventually they can move onto other properties and possibly into homes.  This is an issue that can not only affect the property owner, but also those that live around them.

The second reason is for beauty.  No one wants to spend hours working on mowing their yard, planting flowers and trying to make their home more beautiful, just to see a house down the street or across the street where the grass in the front yard is 2 feet tall.  By doing something as simple as keeping the grass cut, it can help increase the beauty of a neighborhood for all residents and helps to make our community a cleaner and safer place to live. 

The City of Kilgore Code Enforcement Office has already begun enforcing our City Codes pertaining to high weeds and grass.  We will be sending letters of violation to the owners of lots that are in violation and working to have the violation corrected.  If you would like to report a violation for high weeds and grass or any other violation of City Code, please feel free to contact the City of Kilgore Code Enforcement Office at (903) 988-4129 or a complaint can be made online from the City of Kilgore website,,  on the Code Enforcement page.  As always, all complaints will remain confidential.