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SANITATION LIEN LOOKUP
This search covers the following types of outstanding
sanitation liens: mowing tall
grass or weeds, removal of trash or junk and solid waste clean up.
For questions, please call 336-747-6957.
If there is a question regarding “pending” sanitation liens,
please call Community Development at 336-734-1257.
Sanitation Lien Process
After the Community Development Department (“CD”)
inspects a parcel and finds that a property owner is in violation of having
tall grass/weeds, has solid waste
left by the curb adjacent to the property or on the property or has accumulated
junk or trash in violation of city
code, they will send the property owner a notification to correct the
violation. If the property owner
does not correct the violation within the time period specified in the notice,
CD will correct the violation and
invoice the property owner.
The City of Winston-Salem Revenue Division (“Revenue”) manages
billing and collection of all invoices issued.
Revenue mails a copy of the invoice to the property owner.
If after 60 days the invoice remains unpaid, the charges are sent to the
Forsyth County Tax office and are recorded as a tax lien against the property
where the violation occurred. The sanitation lien does not have to be recorded
at the tax office to be a valid lien.
The lien attaches at the time the violation is corrected.
Additionally, the lien attaches to all other property owned by the
person in default within the city limits or within one mile thereof, except the
person’s primary residence (unless the primary residence is where the violation
When land is sold
or changes ownership, sanitation lien research should be performed against ALL
parcels owned by that person(s) and the balance of ALL liens which have
attached to the property being transferred
should be collected at the closing sale.
This requirement is stated in North Carolina General Statute Section 160A-193.
What about sanitation
liens recorded against a parcel in a different name other than the current
Sanitation liens remain as a lien against the property.
The current owner is
responsible for all sanitation liens recorded against their property.
What are “pending”
Pending sanitation liens are when CD has performed grass
mowing, junk or trash removal or solid waste clean up at the curb and not yet
billed for that service. To
confirm any possible pending sanitation liens, contact
CD at 336-734-1257
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