J.B. Brown has signed into law a bill that will ban the practice known as ‘gaping’ in residential areas.
The bill, signed Thursday by the governor, prohibits homeowners from “gaping” on their properties, but does not require them to install striping, the Sacramento Bee reported.
It comes as California has seen a surge in ‘gazing’ in which homeowners cover their windows and doors to provide privacy, while at the same time removing plants and weeds from the landscape, according to a study released last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The California law will go into effect in 2018.
The new law will require homeowners to install a striping system that will be installed at the property line.
If a homeowner removes a plant or plant growth that is not deemed a nuisance by the city, the city must notify the state and notify the homeowner, who will then have 48 hours to install the striping.
If a homeowner does not install the required striping within 24 hours, they will face a $250 fine.
A similar law in Florida was struck down by a federal judge earlier this month.