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The Sand Springs Fire Department’s Neighborhood Services Division uses code enforcement to seek correction of public nuisances as defined by City Ordinances and State Statutes. A public nuisance is generally defined as a condition that affects the community’s health, safety and welfare. Some key things to remember:
  • Properties in the city limits must be kept mowed and free of trash and debris. Grass cannot exceed 12" in height.    
  • Vacant buildings must be properly secured to prevent entry by children, criminals, and other unauthorized persons. 
  • Buildings that are imminent collapse hazards, repetitively unsecured, or vacant for long periods of time can be considered dilapidated and torn down.
  • Cars and trucks that cannot be driven on public streets are not permitted to be parked or stored in open view.
  • Parking is not permitted in yards or across sidewalks for aesthetic reasons and for the safe passage of pedestrians.
Private nuisances, which are not enforceable by the city, generally only affects adjoining properties such as improperly installed fences or trees that overhang a neighbor’s houses.

How It's Done
Neighborhood Services staff has civil and criminal tools available to seek
correction of public nuisances. Through ordinances and statutes, the City can enter onto private property to abate public nuisances. All costs for doing such work can be assessed as a lien against the property co-equal to its taxes. Each abatement includes a $200 administrative fee ($400 for dilapidated buildings) in addition to the actual costs incurred. Criminal citations can also be issued to property owners and tenants through the City's Municipal Court. Each day a violation continues to exist represents a separate offense with a maximum fine of $500.
 
Public nuisance cases are frequently generated proactively by Neighborhood Services staff who check properties throughout the city on a regular basis. Citizens are also encouraged to report public nuisance concerns by calling 918-246-2574. A voice mail service is available for reports 24/7/365. Reports can also be made online using Request Tracker.

How Long Does Correction Take
Compliance with City public nuisance codes is often achieved within a few days. In most cases, public nuisance issues are resolved informally by verbal contact, door hanger or informal letter. Most abatement cases - including mowing high grass, cleaning up House with High Grasstrash or towing inoperable vehicles - are resolved in two to three weeks. This provides property owners with proper notice and time to make corrections on their own. Abatements involving dilapidated buildings often take several months to resolve due to different notice and process requirements.

Zoning Code Enforcement
Every property in the city limits is zoned for use such as residential, office, commercial, or industrial. There are regulations within each zoning use that are addressed by Neighborhood Services staff. Sand Springs’ zoning code provides a higher quality of life for citizens and visitors by keeping incompatible uses such as residential neighborhoods and industrial districts separated and buffered from each other. When citizens, businesses, and industries are all in close proximity to each other, zoning codes provide a framework to keep the community attractive and prosperous.