Code Compliance

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Code Compliance is open 8AM - 4PM Mon-Thurs and 9:15AM - 4PM Fridays.

703-324-1300
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1016
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jack W. Weyant, P.E.,
Director

Grass Heights

Grass Height flyer
Grass Height Flyer

Grass height in Fairfax County is regulated by Chapter 119 - Grass or Lawn Area, of the Code of the County of Fairfax Virginia and generally, grass height may not exceed twelve inches.

For Developed Residential Property

It shall be unlawful for any owner of any occupied residential lot or parcel which is less than one-half acre (21,780 square feet) or any vacant developed residential lot or parcel which is less than one-half acre (21,780 square feet) to permit the growth of any grass or lawn area to reach more than twelve (12) inches in height/length.

For Undeveloped Residential Property

It shall be unlawful for any owner of any undeveloped residential lot or parcel which is less than one-half acre (21,780 square feet) and which is located within a recorded subdivision where ninety percent (90%) of the lots have been developed to permit the growth of any grass or lawn area to reach more than twelve (12) inches in height/length.

For Commercial/Industrial Property

It shall be unlawful for any owner of any vacant developed commercial/industrial property to permit any growth of any grass or lawn area of more than twelve (12) inches in height/length.

For Lots Greater than One-half Acre in Area

A warning letter asking for the grass to be mowed to a height less than 12” will be sent to the property owner; however, no violation can be issued.

Exemptions

Exemptions from the provisions of this Chapter are detention ponds; rights-of-way through residential, commercial, and industrial properties; park lands; and conservation and scenic easements approved by Fairfax County.