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Overgrown Lots

Overgrowth of lot with junk and trash (Before)               Overgrowth of lot with junk and trash (after)
Before                                                  After

It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain their property to prevent:
  • The storage or maintenance of junk, trash, abandoned property or solid waste on any lot,
  • Placement of an article in an area other than in a structure enclosed by four walls and a roof, called open-air storage,
  • The growth or accumulation of any grass, weeds or non-native undergrowth:
    • on an improved lot exceeding 12 inches from the ground for over 10% of the area to be maintained. An improved lot is defined as having a structure, including a fence or a building.
    • on an unimproved lot exceeding 18 inches from the ground within 100 feet of a property line with a structure within 100 feet of any improved road.

To report any potential problems, please call 3-1-1 or report a property via email to

Maintenance of swale area in residential districts

It shall be the responsibility of the owner of property adjacent to a County right-of-way to maintain the swale area that abuts their property.

Maintenance of agricultural properties

When concerns are raised about agricultural use properties and the complaint is deemed valid, a notice of evaluation shall be issued to the property owner. The owner shall be given 30 days to correct the use or practice.

Chapter 19 of the Code of Miami-Dade County requires the control and regulation of excessive growth and accumulation of weeds, undergrowth, and junk and trash. Maintaining the exterior appearance of a property serves a public purpose in enhancing the quality of life and the economic vitality of Miami-Dade County.

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