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Chapter 18 Nuisance Code Update
The Chapter 18 Update will revise Los Alamos Code of Ordinance Chapter 18 Environment Article II Nuisances. This section addresses weeds*, outdoor storage, dilapidation, refuse and rubbish, and other threats to public health, safety, and welfare occurring on private property.
It is enforced by the Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Division within the Community Development Department. The Chapter 18 Code Update began in summer 2021 and will be completed Summer 2022. The process will be guided by County staff, a steering committee, public input, and members of the Los Alamos County Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB).
* NOTE: The existing language of the Nuisance Article, specifically section 18-42, refers to weeds. The term “weed” and the appropriate enforcement thereof has created much debate within the community. The current draft utilizes vegetation rather than weeds and focuses County enforcement efforts on obstructive vegetation in areas that create public health and safety concerns, i.e. those overhanging sidewalks, public right-of-ways and required clear sight triangles.
Clarify the existing standards regarding weeds, outdoor storage, and inoperable vehicles parked on private property
Improve overall organization and structure of existing code
Prioritize and classify nuisances
Clarify code enforcement goals of Los Alamos County
Align code enforcement procedures of County priorities
Fall 2021 | Technical Code Review
November - December 2021 | Public Input
Summer 2022 | Revisions to Chapter 18, Article II NUISANCE
Check the calendar below for important dates and events.