The Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance, effective January 1, 1999, requires adherence to certain minimum maintenance requirements. The ordinance was adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order and general welfare of the citizens of the county. The ordinance applies to all property within the unincorporated areas of the county.
Premises and exterior property are required to be maintained free from grass, weeds, or other uncultivated vegetation in excess of 12 inches in height. This includes all rank vegetative growth such as kudzu, poison ivy, jimsonweed, plants of obnoxious odors and other similar unsightly growth. Exceptions to this regulation are properties zoned RA-200 or properties one (1) acre or greater in size.
In addition, property owners abutting public right-of-way are required to keep sidewalks free of cut grass, weeds, and shrubs. The unpaved areas of front yards are required to have grass, landscaping, or ground cover to keep the soil from being exposed or eroded.
Violations of the the Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance are prosecuted in the Environmental Division of Recorder's Court and are subject to a penalty of up to $1000 and/or 60 days in jail per violation per day (minimum fine is $250). To report possible violations, please call the Police Services Quality of Life Unit Hotline at 770.513.5004 or click here to report online.