Code Enforcement Top Priorities

High Grass and Weeds

Not only are high grass and weeds unsightly eyesores on our City; but they pose a fire hazard, block visibility for drivers, harbor rodents and snakes, and contribute to pests like mosquitoes and chiggers. Harker Heights' city code says that property owners are responsible for maintaining their yards and vacant lots. City code states that grass and weeds that are 12 inches or higher are a violation.

To stay within Code, you should keep your yard and vacant lots mowed to less than 12 inches. If your grass is taller than 12 inches, you will receive a notice and will have 10 days to mow it. If you don't, a City contractor will do the job for you, and it won't be cheap. The average bill for a residential lot is $200, payable within 30 days. Failure to pay for mowing may result in a lien being placed against the property.


Illegal Dumping

"Illegal dumping" is putting trash, garbage, waste and/or anything discarded where it doesn't belong, whether or not the person dumping owns the property. Putting trash in a dumpster that is not yours is also illegal.

if you see illegal dumping happening live and would like to report it, call the Police Department at (254) 953-5400 immediately (anonymously if you wish).


Junk Vehicles

Not all Junk Vehicles are obvious as junk. "Junked Vehicles" means any motor vehicle which is self-propelled and:

1. Does not have lawfully attached to it; 
  a) An unexpired license plate; or 
  b) A valid motor vehicle inspection certificate; and 

2. is wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded; or 

3. is inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than; 
  a) 72 consecutive hours, if the vehicle is on public property; or 
  b) 30 consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property.


Trash & Debris

Trash & Debris refers to trash and junk on the property, NOT trash or bulky waste set out for collection. Old junk, garbage, tires, rubbish, furniture, appliances, car parts or anything else stored outside can be dangerous and hazardous. To report trash and debris in your neighborhood? Call (254) 953-5648.

Violators are issued a warning notice to perform specific action within an allotted time frame. If the warning notice goes unheeded, violators can find themselves facing a fine. Costs for "forced clean-up" result in liens being filed against the property.