Weed Ordinance

The Village of Skokie prides itself in maintaining a high level of cleanliness and sanitation throughout the community. Unfortunately, some property owners, whether businesses or homeowners, fail to control the growth of weeds and grass on their properties. This can become an eyesore and can potentially have a negative effect on property values.


The Village expects that all property owners maintain their properties, which includes keeping grass and weeds below six inches in height. Weeds are defined as any plants that were not intentionally planted. For example, native plant gardens and vegetable gardens are not considered weeds.

Citation Process

Section 42-39 of the Skokie Village Code states that all weeds, including grass in excess of six inches, are declared a public nuisance. The Village actively enforces this ordinance. Once a property is determined to be in violation, through either a citizen complaint or a staff observation, a notice is posted on the property giving the owner 5 days to come into compliance.

After 5 days, the property is re-inspected. If the property is still in violation at this point, the Village will have the weeds cleared and charge the owner for the expenses incurred. If these charges are not paid, a lien will be placed against the property.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or would like to make a complaint about weeds, please contact the Property Standards Division at 847-933-8223.