SB881: Grass; adds Stafford County to counties authorized to require property owners to cut.

SENATE BILL NO. 881
Offered January 14, 2009
Prefiled December 31, 2008
A BILL to amend and reenact 15.2-1215 of the Code of Virginia, relating to authority to cut grass in certain counties.
Patron-- Stuart

Referred to Committee on Local Government

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 15.2-1215 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

15.2-1215. Authority to cut growth of grass or lawn area in certain counties.

A. The Counties of Arlington, Augusta, Campbell, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Frederick, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Isle of Wight, James City, Prince William, Roanoke, Rockingham, Stafford, Washington, Wise, and York may by ordinance require that the owner of occupied residential real property therein cut the grass or lawn area of less than one-half acre on such property or any part thereof at such time or times as the governing body shall prescribe when growth on such grass or lawn area exceeds 12 inches in height; or may whenever the governing body deems it necessary, after reasonable notice, have such grass or lawn area cut by its agents or employees, in which event, the cost and expenses thereof shall be chargeable to and paid by the owner of such property and may be collected by the county as taxes and levies are collected. No such ordinance adopted by the county shall have any force and effect within the corporate limits of any town. Violation of such ordinance may be punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $100.

B. No such ordinance shall be applicable to land zoned for or in active farming operation.