Jefferson County Development Services - Inspections & Enforcement Division

Jefferson County Development Services - Inspections & Enforcement Division Core functions of Development Services include: Comprehensive Planning; Zoning Admin. & Enforcement; Address Assignment; Subdivision Admin.; Floodplain Admin.

Building Admin. Core functions of LP&DS include: Comprehensive Planning; Zoning Admin. & Enforcement; Address Assignment; Subdivision Admin.; Floodplain Admin.

11/16/2016

In Montgomery to receive the 2016 Alabama PALS Governor’s Statewide Award – County Category for our Criminal Littering program.

05/09/2016

JEFFERSON COUNTY WEED AND LITTER ORDINANCE

Ordinance No. 1188 Enacted February 20, 1990 Minute Book 90 Page 448
Ordinance No. 1223 Amendment No. 1 Enacted December 11, 1990 Minute Book 94 Page 128

An ordinance to establish rules and regulations prohibiting overgrowth of weeds and accumulation of litter on
property lying within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County and to establish criminal penalties for violations
thereof.
BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDAINED by the Jefferson County Commission as follows:

1.10 Authority. Pursuant to the authority provided by Amendment No. 497, Constitution of Alabama 1901, and
Act No. 87-758 and Act No. 89-527, of the Legislature of Alabama, the Jefferson County Commission hereby
adopts the following as the JEFFERSON COUNTY WEED AND LITTER ORDINANCE.
Approved by the Jefferson County Commission on February 20, 1990.

1.20 Application
On and after February 20, 1990 these rules and regulations shall apply to each and every parcel or portion of a
parcel of land lying within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Alabama, as now exists or hereafter
exists.

1.30 Violations.

A. Weeds
It shall be unlawful for any owner, proprietor, tenant or other person in charge or control of any
lot, place or premises that lies within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County when such lot, place or
premises are not under cultivation for useful and productive purposes, to fail to keep and maintain the
same free from injurious, noxious of unsightly weeds. Weeds higher than 12” are hereby deemed to be
unsightly. As used herein “weeds” shall include an economically useless plant; a plant of unsightly
appearance; a tree or shrub of low economic value that tends to grow freely; a form of vegetable life of
exuberant growth and injurious effect.

B. Inoperable Motor Vehicle
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, leave or store upon any lot, place or premises that lies within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County more than one inoperable motor vehicle. Provided, that this Subsection B shall not apply to a properly zoned and licensed business if such parking, leaving or storing of such motor vehicles is a reasonably necessary incident in the
operation of said business.

C. Litter
It shall be unlawful for the owner, proprietor, tenant or other person in charge or control of a lot, place or premises that lies within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County to fail to keep said lot, place or premises clean and free from litter. For purposes hereof “litter” shall mean and include garbage,
refuse, junk, debris, salvaged materials, household furniture, trash, used motor vehicle tires, inoperable motor vehicles, kitchen or other household appliances, rags, paper, cardboard and other non-decorative matter, including any materials within which water may accumulate or which may shield or encourage the growth of insects or rodents, or materials which generate obnoxious odors, or which offend the esthetics of the community and thereby cause a substantial diminution in the value of other property
nearby; provided, that this Subsection C shall not apply to a properly zoned and licensed business if such activity is a reasonably necessary incident in the operation of the business and is done in a manner which does not allow the accumulation of water within which mosquito larvae may leave or encourage the growth of insects and/or rodents.

If you have a Weed & Litter problem in Unincorporated Jefferson County give us a call at (205)325-5638 option 6.

03/04/2016
ALA CODE § 13A-7-29 : Alabama Code - Section 13A-7-29: CRIMINAL LITTERING

ALA CODE § 13A-7-29 : Alabama Code - Section 13A-7-29: CRIMINAL LITTERING -
(a) A person commits the crime of criminal littering if he or she engages in any of the following acts:
(1) Knowingly deposits in any manner litter on any public or private property or in any public or private waters, having no permission to do so. For purposes of this subdivision, items found in an accumulation of garbage, trash, or other discarded material including, but not limited to, bank statements, utility bills, bank card bills, and other financial documents, clearly bearing the name of a person shall constitute a rebuttable presumption that the person whose name appears thereon knowingly deposited the litter. Advertising, marketing, and campaign materials and literature shall not be sufficient to constitute a rebuttable presumption of criminal littering under this subsection.
(2) Negligently deposits in any manner glass or other dangerously pointed or edged objects on or adjacent to water to which the public has lawful access for bathing, swimming, or fishing, or on or upon a public highway, or within the right-of-way thereof.
(3) Discharges sewage, oil products, or litter from a watercraft vessel of more than 25 feet in length into a river, inland lake, or stream within the state or within three miles of the shoreline of the state.
(4) a. Drops or permits to be dropped or thrown upon any highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed; or
b. Removes a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway and does not remove glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.
(b) "Litter" means rubbish, refuse, waste material, garbage, dead animals or fowl, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, trash, scrap metal, debris, or any foreign substance of whatever kind and description, and whether or not it is of value. Any agricultural product in its natural state that is unintentionally deposited on a public highway, road, street, or public right-of-way shall not be deemed litter for purposes of this section or Section 32-5-76. Any other law or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding, the unintentional depositing of an agricultural product in its natural state on a public highway, road, street, or right-of-way shall not constitute unlawful littering or any similarly prohibited activity.
(c) It is no defense under subsections (a)(3) and (a)(4) that the actor did not intend, or was unaware of, the act charged.
(d) Criminal littering is a Class C misdemeanor. The minimum fine for the first conviction shall be two hundred fifty dollars ($250), and the fine for the second and any subsequent conviction shall be five hundred dollars ($500) for each conviction.
(e) The fine from such conviction shall be awarded and distributed by the court to the municipal, and/or county, and/or State General Fund, following a determination by the court of whose law enforcement agencies or departments have been a participant in the arrest resulting in the fine. Such award and distribution shall be made on the basis of the percentage as determined by the court, which the respective agency or department contributed to the police work resulting in the arrest, and shall be spent by the governing body on law enforcement purposes only.
(f) No action for criminal littering based on evidence that creates a rebuttable presumption under subsection (a)(1) shall be brought against a person by or on behalf of a county or municipal governing body unless he or she has been given written notice by a designee of the governing body that items found in an accumulation of garbage, trash, or other discarded materials contain his or her name, and that, under subsection (a)(1), there is a rebuttable presumption that he or she knowingly deposited the litter. The notice shall advise the person that criminal littering is a Class C misdemeanor, and shall provide that, unless the person can present satisfactory information or evidence to rebut the presumption to the designee of the governing body within 15 days from the date of the notice, an action for criminal littering may be filed against him or her in the appropriate court. If the person responds to the notice and presents information or evidence to the designee of the governing body, the designee shall review the information or evidence presented and make a determination as to whether or not an action should be brought against the person for criminal littering. The designee shall provide written notice to the person of its determination, and if the intent is to proceed with an action for criminal littering, the notice shall be sent before any action is filed.
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01/11/2016
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Named after Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, Jefferson County was founded in 1819 by the Alabama Legislature. Home to nearly 700,000 residents, Jefferson County is Alabama’s most populated county. Jefferson County is governed by five Commissioners elected from specific districts of the County. Each Commissioner is responsible for administering assigned departments and functions of County government. The Commission positions are identified as: Finance and General Services, Environmental Services, Roads and Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Information Technology. The Commissioners choose one of their number to serve as President of the Commission. The President is the Commissioner of Finance and General Services. The President’s duties include presiding over Commission meetings and signing contracts and other documents.

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