(a) An owner, occupant, or person in control of any private premises abutting an alley, street, or sidewalk within the city commits an offense if he allows any vegetation, including, but not limited to, trees, shrubbery, bushes, and vines, to grow on the premises so as to project across the property line over or into the right-of-way of the alley, street, or sidewalk.
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a) that:
(1) the vegetation consisted solely of weeds or grass not more than 12 inches high;
(2) no part of the vegetation projected over or into the alley or street at a height of less than 15 feet above the ground; or
(3) no part of the vegetation projected over or into the sidewalk at a height of less than eight feet above the ground, except that this defense does not apply if the vegetation obstructed the visibility of a traffic control sign, signal, or device or interfered with garbage or trash collection adjacent to the sidewalk.
(c) Vegetation growing in violation of this section is a nuisance and may be abated by the city in accordance with Section 18-17 of this article. (Ord. Nos. 20599; 22413; 25979; 26585)