The City of St. Catharines has adopted the Maintenance of Grasses and Weeds By-law to require property owners to cut and remove grasses and weeds that exceed 20 cm (8 in) in height. This by-law applies to both the property and abutting boulevard.
Complaints should be made when grass and weeds exceed 20 cm (8 in). Complaints can be made by:
If at any point during the process the long grass and/or weeds are cut by the owner the complaint is closed and no further action is taken.
The 2014 Schedule of Rates and Fees outlines the following charges for cutting grass and weeds on private properties and the abutting boulevard:
$389.85 (+10% overhead) for 0 - 7,500 sq. ft
$444.44 (+10% overhead) for 7,500 - 15,000 sq. ft
$650.96 (+10% overhead) for 15,000 - 30,000 sq. ft
$682.74 (+10% overhead) for 30,000 - 1 acre
$753.44 (+10% overhead) for 1 acre - 1.5 acres
$883.32 (+10% overhead) for 1.5 acres - 2 acres
$389.85 (+10% overhead) for each additional acre over 2 acres
Note: Subdivisions are charged as individual lots.
The City may choose to use a contractor to cut tall grass and weeds. If a contractor is used the property owner is charged the contractor's cost plus an administrative fee of $158.20.