See City Ordinance Chapter 11 for regulations governing vegetation.
Please notify the city of any yard or lot in the city limits of Sioux Falls that has grass that has grown 8 inches or taller and/or “state classified noxious weeds” which includes: Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, hoary cress, purple loosestrife, perennial sow thistle, leafy spurge and salt cedar. For photos of these weeds use the “What qualifies for a complaint link below”
Dandelions are not considered noxious by the state or county and therefore cannot warrant an inspection. See the FAQ links below for more information.
The most common issues addressed are:
- Grass/Weed Violations
- Grass and Weeds higher than 8"
- Noxious weeds
Contact the Weed Inspector at 978-6900
Frequently Asked Questions
Please have as much information available as possible. We would prefer to have the exact address of the property, but we can take an inspection with general information (i.e. the northeast corner lot of W. 9th St. and Dakota Ave.) if an address is not available.
We will also ask questions like – does the entire yard need mowing or just the front or back yard, are there a lot of weeds or is it mostly just tall grass.
Any information about the property will be helpful (vicious dogs, etc).
Please remember that if you call in a complaint and the violation is then corrected, but then the violation returns – another complaint call will need to be generated.
Any yard or lot in the city limits of Sioux Falls that has grass that has grown 8 inches or taller and/or “state classified noxious weeds” which includes: Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, hoary cress, purple loosestrife, perennial sow thistle, leafy spurge and salt cedar.
Once the call or electronic complaint has been made to our office, our weed and mowing enforcement inspector will inspect the property. If there are noxious weeds or grass that is more than 8” tall, our inspector will send the property owner/manager a letter notifying them of the violation. They will be given 7 days to correct the violation. If the violation is not corrected, a city hired contractor will be sent to mow the property. A bill will be sent to the property owner to pay for the mowing, along with a city issued citation.
Only one letter is sent per year, so if further complaints are received later in the summer the property owner will NOT get another notification. The contractor will be sent out to mow, again with the billing and citation being issued to the homeowner.