Yard & Lawn Maintenance

Please read the following guidelines that control lawn maintenance on both residential and commercial properties in Temple Terrace. These rules are necessary to keep our City safe and clean for all residents. If you have any questions, contact the Code Enforcement Department at (813) 506-6680.

City ordinances require residential and commercial properties to be kept mowed and clean, including parkway areas between lot lines and street curbs.

Corrective Action
Mow the property and keep it mowed.

City Code References
Section 11.120.9: Duty to Keep Premises Clean
It shall be unlawful for the occupant, or if there be no occupant, then the owner of any house, yard, store or lot of land to refuse to keep the same clean, or to permit any trash, weeds or any offensive matter of any kind to accumulate in or upon such premises.

Section 11.120.10: Occupants and Owners of Abutting Property to Keep Rights of Way Clean & Sanitary
All tenants or occupants of any real property abutting upon any street in the City, or if no tenant or occupant, then the owner thereof, shall be required to keep that part of the street between such property lines and the curb lines including the gutter of the street on which such property abuts, in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.

Section 11.135.1: Accumulation of Weeds, Grass & Underbrush Prohibited
The accumulation of weeds, grass and underbrush (“weeds”) within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any building, structure, recreational area or street right-of-way upon real property within the City is prohibited.
(Ord. No. 616, 4-28-87)

Section 11.135.2 Duty of Property Owner; Remedy Available To City
  • (a) In accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 11.135.1 above, all owners, agents, custodians, lessees and occupants of real property within the City (“property owners”) shall cut and keep cut all grass, weeds and underbrush to a height of not exceeding eighteen (18) inches or, when all such grass, weeds and underbrush under eighteen (18) inches in height create a health hazard in the harboring of snakes, rodents etc., shall remove all such grass, weeds and underbrush from said property. (Ord. No. 616, 4-28-87)
  • (b) Upon failure of any property owner to cut, keep cut and remove grass, weeds and underbrush in accordance with provisions of paragraph (a) above, the Code Inspector may initiate enforcement actions in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 25.315, Temple Terrace Code of Ordinances. (Ord. No. 616, 4-28-87)