Summer is fast approaching and the Brimbank council is urging home owners to prepare for the season.

The council will be conducting inspections this month to ensure grass is cut to a safe level and properties are kept in a tidy manner.

Under Brimbank’s Local Law, owners of vacant land must keep grass, weeds and undergrowth at a height less than 150mm (15cm).

Owners of vacant blocks that don’t meet the requirements will be issued with a notice to comply in early November, before follow-up inspections later in the month.

Those who don’t comply after the second inspection will be issued with an $800 fine.

The council may also arrange for the land to be cleared at the owner’s expense.

The council’s free snake catching service will also return this summer.

“We’re now well and truly into spring – the time of year when snakes usually become more active,” mayor Margaret Giudice said.

“This no charge service gives residents peace of mind to know that if a snake does visit their home, we have a professional service available to remove and relocate the snake.

“If you do see a snake, keep calm, walk away safely – taking any pets with you – and call us on 9249 4000. Be sure to keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance.”