Residents reminded about details of city grass and weeds ordinance

According to the city ordinance, grass and weeds found exceeding 8 inches in height on the first or third Wednesday of each month from May to October will be mowed by city crews, and the cost of mowing will be assessed to the property owner.

The city of Perry issued a statement Tuesday intended to remind Perry residents about the city ordinance governing grass and weeds.

According to Chapter 52 of the Perry City Code, grass, weeds or brush shall be cut, mowed and maintained so as not to exceed the following height restrictions:

  • Residential Areas – Not to exceed eight inches (8”)
  • Business and Industrial Areas – Not to exceed eight inches (8”)
  • Agriculture Areas – Not to exceed fifteen inches (15”)

Grass, weeds and brush that are allowed to grow in excess of the above specified limits will be deemed to be in violation of this ordinance.

Any property within the city of Perry, whether vacated or non-vacated, found to be with grass, weeds or brush over the limits listed above on the first and third Wednesday of the month  in the months of May, June, July, August, September and October, will be mowed by the City of Perry and will be charged a fee.

If payment is not received, the cost will be assessed to the property.

For more information, call the Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481.


  1. Eight inches is about right. Requiring much less can be a genuine hardship for some residents. On the other hand, Ottumwa’s 12-inch ordinance is much too lax.


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