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   (a)   A person commits an offense if he is an owner, occupant, or person in control of occupied or unoccupied premises in the city and:
      (1)   permits weeds or grass located on the premises to grow to a height greater than 12 inches; or
      (2)   fails to remove weeds or grass from the premises after they have been cut.
   (b)   It is a defense to prosecution under:
      (1)   Subsection (a)(1) that the weeds and grass are maintained at or below a height of 12 inches at all points on the premises within 100 feet of its perimeters; and
      (2)   Subsection (a)(2) that the weeds and grass have been mulched, raked, or composted in a manner approved by the director.
   (c)   For purposes of this article, PREMISES means the lot, plot, or parcel of land, plus the front or side parkway between the property line or sidewalk and the curb or traveled way, and the rear or side parkway between the property line and the center line of an adjacent alley. (Ord. Nos. 13796; 17597; 17985; 20599; 21632; 26585)