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Weeds & Grass

Uncontrolled Weeds
Uncontrolled Weeds
To report tall weeds and grass, call Code Enforcement @ 541-774-2016 or submit the complaint electronically at this link.

Uncontrolled vegetation poses a significant fire threat during fire season. Mowing and thinning greatly reduces the threat. Enforcement of the Weeds and Grass ordinance begins May 1st. The ordinance states that it is “unlawful and a public nuisance for any owner or occupant of real property in Medford to allow grass, weeds, brush, or bushes, or any like vegetation, over a height of ten inches to remain upon such real property during the period May 1 to September 30 in any calendar year, or at any other time prior to May 1 if the Fire Chief determines that such growth constitutes a fire hazard. For the purposes of this section, any dead or dried grass/weeds/brush/bushes/vegetation over the height of 10 inches is a fire hazard.” The exceptions are:
  • Any crop grown and maintained for agricultural purposes, or grass or other like vegetation grown and maintained for pasturage upon property fenced, zoned, and otherwise lawfully used for said purpose
  • To ornamental shrubs, bushes, or other like vegetation maintained and kept in a landscaped yard or place
  • To any "natural area" within a public park in the City of Medford
An offense is punishable by a fine and may include the abatement of the hazard including the cost of the abatement.
 
The following guidelines shall be used for mitigation requirements, unless otherwise approved by the Fire Chief or the Fire Chief’s designee:
  • Properties less than one acre in size: All grass, weeds, brush, bushes, or any like vegetation posing a fire hazard shall be disked, cut, or removed.
  • Properties more than one acre in size: Grass, weeds, brush, bushes, or any like vegetation posing a fire hazard shall be disked, cut, or removed. Firebreaks may be considered acceptable as an alternative to clearing the entire parcel. Minimum 30' wide firebreaks shall be provided around the perimeter of the property and the area shall be divided into maximum 2.5 acre parcels with minimum 30' wide cross-breaks. In addition, minimum 100' firebreaks are required adjacent to improved subdivisions/properties (Road width may be considered part of the 100' firebreak).
  • Subdivisions, including those with paved streets and not fully built out: All grass, weeds, brush, bushes, or any like vegetation posing a fire hazard shall be disked, cut, or removed from each individual lot.
  • Unmaintained agricultural properties: Grass, weeds, brush, bushes, or any like vegetation posing a fire hazard shall be disked, cut, or removed. Minimum 30' wide firebreaks shall be maintained along the perimeter from the edge of road.  In addition, minimum 100' wide firebreaks adjacent to improved subdivisions/properties (Road width may be considered part of the 100' firebreak). 
  • Structures in wildfire hazard zones: Minimum 100’ firebreaks (defensible space) shall be provided around the perimeter of the structure (Road or driveway width may be considered part of the 100' firebreak). 
To view pertinent sections of Medford Municipal Code, visit the following links:
 
  • 7.410 Uncontrolled Weeds and Grass: Purpose and Scope
  • 7.420 Definitions
  • 7.430 Nuisance Described; Offense Punishable
  • 7.440 Notice and Abatement Proceedings
Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Deputy Chief - Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg
Email:
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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