Cities Looking to Landscape ‘No Man’s Land’

Updated May 8, 2013
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Municipalities in many cities are starting to look the other way when it comes to the dreaded “no man’s land.”

No man’s land is the section of property located between the curb and the sidewalk – the city owns it, but the homeowner is supposed to maintain it.

However, according to article from Fox News, ownership has not changed for the piece of land, but municipalities are starting to allow property owners to make that area look a little greener without having to jump through hoops. 

Cities are not requiring all of the permits necessary to beautify that section of property. However, in Seattle for example, homeowners still need to retain the proper permit for hardscaping installations or raised beds – but there’s no longer a $225 application fee.

Landscapers should be on the lookout and find out if his or her state is moving in this direction. Getting “in the know” on state laws and regulations is imperative to a business. Find out what permits you may need to do an installation, and find out if your city is moving away from “no man’s land”.  


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