If you see a yard in your neighborhood with grass or
weeds over 12 inches in height covering most of a lot call
502-449-5000. This issue needs to be resolved as quickly as possible
to protect health and safety.
Overgrown yards are not only an eyesore but a
community safety issue: Weeded lots give an impression no one cares
for the neighborhood. This attracts crime and vandalism, eroding
community safety and value. In many cases one uncared for lot
slowly leads to a cluster of neglected properties.
City of Shively Property Codes protects neighborhoods
by demanding a basic level of property care. This includes regular
attention to grass and other vegetation around homes. Most neighbors
want to do the right thing. If a Property Code Inspector informs a
resident that their yard has been reported as a neighborhood tall
grass or weeds nuisance, often the issue is taken care of quickly.
But in other more complex cases, it can take up to three to four
weeks to go through the various processes and procedures necessary
to force a property owner's compliance and get an overgrown lot
taken care of. These processes and procedures exist to protect the
rights of property owners and all residents. Due process allows no
So what should you do if a neighbor, for
whatever reason, has let their property become an overgrown safety
hazard? One option is to call in a Tall Grass & Weeds complaint to
the Code Enforcement officer at 502-449-5000 or email:
Below describes the steps we will take to produce
results using this process. Sometimes produces quick results. At
other times it can take up to three to four weeks to get the
Due process for dealing with Citizen Complaints.
A citizen makes the complaint at City Hall
(502.449.5000) or by speaking with the code enforcement officer or
The complaint is processed and assigned to an
inspector who visits the site within 5 days of the original
complaint; during this visit the Inspector assesses the situation
and issues a notice to the resident if a violation has occurred.
According to the law, a violator has 10 days from
receiving the notice to take care of the problem cited, in this case
to care for their yard. The Inspector will make a visit to the
property after that to guarantee the resident has complied.
If the resident has still not complied, within
24-hours of the re-inspection the citizen will receive a fine and a
summons to appear before the Code Enforcement Board.
If the resident still has not complied by the second
notice date the Shively works department will be assigned to do the
necessary maintenance on the property within three days.
Once the job is completed, the full cost of work and
all administration regarding this complaint is charged to the
property owner. A lien is placed on the property for the full
amount . The cost to the violator for non-compliance is usually
somewhere between $150.00 for a typical yard to more than $600.00
depending on the size of the lot and the extent of the maintenance
If a tall grass complaint is made and verified on a
property considered to be a repeat tall grass violator, the 10-14
day compliance period is waived and placed on our constant abatement
list (and the property owner is charged full costs and
administrative fees) as soon as a code enforcement officer approves
the violation, often within a week of a valid complaint.