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City of San Mateo Municipal Code.

7.20.020 DECLARATION OF PUBLIC NUISANCE.

(a) For purposes of this chapter, "weeds" shall mean:

(1) All weeds that bear seeds of a downy or wingy nature;

(2) Sagebrush, coyote brush, chaparral, and any other brush or weeds that attain such large, rank, or dense growth as to become, when dry, a fire hazard;

(3) All weeds that are noxious or dangerous or present the potential to be hazardous to the public or other properties;

(4) Poison oak and poison ivy when the conditions of growth are such as to constitute a menace to the public health; or

(5) Dry grass, stubble, brush, litter, or other flammable material that endangers the public safety by creating a fire hazard.

(b) All weeds, dirt, rubbish, debris, and rank growths of any kind on private property or in any street within the City constitute a public nuisance.

(c) All earth, soil, dirt, or other materials, which are deposited or permitted to come upon a public street, sidewalk, path, or right-of-way in the City without a permit from the City for that deposit and which interferes with the public's use of that street, sidewalk, path, or right-of-way constitutes a public nuisance. All earth, soil, dirt, or other materials, which are deposited or permitted to be placed upon public property and which are so located or of such a nature as to be likely to slide, collapse, flow, or otherwise move onto a public street, sidewalk, path, or right-of-way in the City so as to interfere with the public's use of that street, sidewalk, path, or right of way constitute a public nuisance.

(d) Every real property owner, lessee, or occupant of real property shall destroy the weeds and remove the dirt rubbish, and rank growths from the owner's, lessee's, or occupant s property, all sidewalks abutting the property, and the half of the streets on which the property abuts. It is unlawful to deposit earth, soil, dirt, or any other materials in such a way or manner that are likely to slide, flow or otherwise move onto a public street, sidewalk, path, or right-of-way in the City so as to interfere with the public's use of that street, sidewalk, path, or right-of-way.