Health Department


Chauncy Williams, R.E.H.S./R.S - Director 

Department of Health Services


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Ennis, TX 75120

Physical Address:
105 S. Preston Street

Ennis, TX 75119

Ph: (972) 875-6442
Fx: (972) 875-8540

Code & Environmental Enforcement > High Weeds and Grass

High Weeds and Grass

  City of Ennis Department of Health Services  


City of Ennis Nuisance Ordinance requires that all grass, weeds, uncultivated vegetation or ground cover not to be permitted to grow in excess of 12 inches in height.


1.  Grass and weeds higher than twelve (12) inches, including in easements and rights-of-way (from the property line to the curb or street), are not allowed.

2.  Grass and weeds growing upon/over the surface of an improved right-of-way (i.e. sidewalk, curb, street) are not allowed.

3.  All areas between a fence and adjacent curb, street, or property must be maintained free of high grass and weeds.

Not only are high grass and weeds unsightly, but they pose a fire hazard, block visibility for drivers, harbor rodents and snakes and contribute to pests like mosquitoes and chiggers.

City code requires property owners to keep grass and weeds in their yards and vacant lots under 12 inches.

If your grass is taller than 12 inches, you will be mailed a certified notice (once per year) and/or a notice will be posted on your property you will have 10 days to mow it.  If you don't, the City or a city contractor will do the job for you and it won't be cheap.

The average bill for a residential lot is $320, payable within 30 days. Failure to pay for mowing may result in a lien being placed against the property.

To report violations, for specific information about each of these code violations, or information on how to acquire an information brochure, M-F 8a.m. - 5p.m. please call (972) 875-6442 or  by at Email.

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