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Phone: 503-823-7300

TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Complainant Photograph Guidelines

BDS has created a pilot project that allows citizens to submit complainant photos of tall grass and weed violations at properties. To participate in the pilot project and report a property with grass and weeds in excess of 10 inches in height, citizens may submit photographs online at

In order to assist BDS staff with processing the tall grass and weed nuisance complaint and to ensure that your photographs contain the necessary information to set up a case, mail a violation letter requesting corrective action, and take enforcement action if the violation is not corrected within 30 days, please adhere to the following photograph guidelines:

1. Ensure that at least one photo shows the front of the house, the tall grass and weeds, and house number so we can match the photo to the correct property. Remember to utilize the public right-of-way when taking pictures as you should not trespass on private property.



2. You may also zoom in and include a photo showing that the grass and weeds are more then 10 inches in height.  



3. You may also include photos of tall grass and weeds in the adjacent rights of way.



4. Digital photographs should include a date and time stamp.

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