Blog

Is Littering Illegal in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most people do not like the sight of litter. But did you know that in the state of Nevada, littering is not only a nuisance, is also a crime? There are local as well as state laws which prohibit the depositing of garbage and other unwholesome or hazardous materials on public and private property.

Most Nevada counties and cities have their own littering laws, which tend to be similar. In Las Vegas, City Ordinance 9.12 prohibits the depositing of litter, trash and/or debris on residential property or vacant lots visible to neighboring properties and streets.  The Las Vegas ordinance also requires property owners to dispose of garbage in proper trash receptacles.

Non-compliant property owners will receive a notice from the city ordering the correction of the violation. If offending property owners do not obey the city order, the city will remedy the violation, and charge the owner for the cost of the removal as well as a $75 administration fee. Property owners do have a right to appeal to the city court if they do not believe they were in violation of the ordinance.

Is_20littering_20illegal_20in_20nevada
Illegal Littering in Nevada

Additionally, Nevada Statute 475.030 makes it a criminal misdemeanor for anyone to willfully or negligently throw any lighted cigarette, cigar, ashes, match or other material out of a moving vehicle. The statute also makes it a crime to discard such material anywhere where it may cause a fire.

Nevada Statute 202.185 prohibits the depositing any dirt, garbage, rubbish, or dead animal on or within 1,000 feet of a public highway. Similarly, Nevada Statute 202.180 legally prohibits the depositing of dead animals into waterways such as lakes creeks or rivers.

The penalties for littering depend upon the type of material or substance that is littered, as well as where it is deposited. Dumping hazardous material, such as sewer sludge, or content from a septic tank, typically increases the penalties.

Littering in violation of state statutes are generally misdemeanor charges. The penalties for the first offense range from a fine of $1,000 to six months in jail.  However, a second or third offense within a two year period, qualify as a gross misdemeanor carrying a penalty of a $2,000 fine and/or a year in jail.

If you have been charged with a littering crime and want to challenge the allegations, contact us.

About the Author

Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Free attorney consultations...

Our attorneys want to hear your side of the story. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a FREE consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. We may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. And if necessary, we will champion your case all the way to trial.

Regain peace of mind...

Our defense attorneys understand that being accused of a crime is one of the most difficult times of your life. Rely on us to zealously and discreetly protect your rights and to fight for the most favorable resolution possible.

Office Locations

Shouse Law Group has multiple locations all across California and Nevada. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

To contact us, please select your state:

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370