Are You a Good Neighbor?

Be a Good Neighbor



Issues with your neighbors can lead to unnecessary encounters with law enforcement.

Trash, loud music, illegal parking, barking dogs, disputes with utility workers, domestic disputes and other nuisances should be avoided. Law enforcement agencies are required to investigate these reports and they will come to your location to seek more information.

When neighbors complain to law enforcement, citations for nuisance violations can be difficult to deal with, and investigation into these types of charges may lead to fines, liens and maybe even civil charges.

Being a good neighbor can help you avoid these types of encounters.


  • Compliance with the county’s building code:
    • Permitting your grading, as-built structures and greenhouses may be the best way to begin walking the path towards compliance with future state regulations.
  • Fire danger:
    • Do everything you can to prevent a fire!
    • Keep at least one fire extinguisher in your cultivation area.
    • Don’t overload your electricity circuits or otherwise stress your cables and power-points.
    • Don’t run extension cords through areas with dry grass, mulch, wood chips or anything that can ignite.
  • Water:
    • Do NOT steal water from creeks, streams or rivers.
    • Do not steal water from your neighbors.
    • Pumping water during the day may affect the water pressure of your neighbors. Be mindful!
  • A clean farm is safer for you and others:
    • Store fertilizers, pesticides and other possibly toxic compounds away from children and pets and if possible in a locked space.
    • Do not use illegal pesticides on your grow.
    • Dispose of trash accordingly. There are four Waste Management transfer stations or dumps in Western Nevada County, and several recycling stations in Nevada City and Grass Valley.
  • Drive slow:
    • Don’t be the guy lifting dust that can settle on your neighbors food or cannabis gardens.
    • Be mindful that this is a rural county and children may be at play on country roads, or residents may be out on a horseback ride.
    • Country roads are often narrow and not respecting speed limits could lead to accidents or damage to the road. Driving slower helps keeps roads in better condition. Help contribute  to your neighborhood road associations).
  • Light Pollution:
    • Cover your greenhouse at night if you are running lights.
    • Light pollution is now being considered as one of the hidden drivers of biodiversity loss.
    • Light pollution is an eyesore for residents nearby and may prompt neighbors to file complaints
  • Generator (Fan) and bubbler noise:
    • Noise complaints can often turn into more serious code violations. Walk around your garden during the day and night and identify noises that may prompt your neighbors to complain.
  • Access to your property:
    • Before erecting gates and fences check easements with county officials and neighbors. Remember to follow the placeholder ordinance.
    • From time to time utilities and NID company workers may come to your property to update utility poles or check on infrastructure. Treat them with respect. We hear stories of utility workers being attacked by dogs or being thrown off property. 
  • Odor:
    • If you are growing especially pungent strains, the odor during certain weather conditions may travel away from the garden and trigger neighbor complaints. There are ways to mitigate odors. Educate yourself on options from carbon filters to ozone generators and neutralizers.
    • Plant shrubs and flowering plants that can help mitigate the smell of cannabis plants
  • Avoid clear cutting and large scale grading and other environmental damages.