The City Code Enforcement office is located on the second floor of Glenpool City Hall at 12205 South Yukon Avenue. Hours of operation are 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Typical Code Enforcement Issues:
- Lawn grass or weeds that exceed 12” in height
- The placement of trash or debris on private property that invites insects or rodents, has foul odors, presents a public health issue, or creates a fire hazard.
- Vacant building structures that are in danger of collapse, are not secured from an access standpoint, are abandoned, or present an attractive nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood residents.
Non-operational autos, trucks, or other vehicles that are stored or parked in open view that cannot be driven legally on public streets.
- Vehicle parking in grassed areas of private yards, across public sidewalks, or locations that obstruct access to water meters or other public facilities.
- Any use of the public streets or sidewalks that cause crowds of people to gather, create obstructions for vehicle traffic, or impact the public use of streets or sidewalks – such as either temporary or permanently installed basketball goals.
- Activities that create a hazard or nuisance to the surrounding neighboring properties such as placing advertisements without permission, noisy operational conditions, etc.
- Ponds, pools of water, or vessels holding stagnant water.
- All abandoned or discarded appliances that cannot be opened from inside.
- Dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas, soot or cinders in such quantities as to render the occupancy or property uncomfortable to a person of ordinary senses.
Private Issues Not Enforced by the City Code Enforcement Department:
- Distasteful paint colors or landscaping
- Trees or scrubs that overhang fencing from neighboring properties
- Fencing repair or property line encroachment type issues
- Police Department or Animal Control issues
Our Enforcement Process
Both civil and criminal legal remedies are available to the Code Enforcement Department in its effort to seek and obtain Property Maintenance Code compliance. Through local ordinances and State statutes, the City Code Enforcement Officer has the legal right and ability to enter onto private property to observe effectively eliminate a public nuisance issue including abatement procedures by a third party. All costs for doing such nuisance abatement work will be assessed and billed to the property owner in question. If unpaid, any such assessment can and will become a lien filed with Tulsa County as a monetary assessment against the property’s title up to an amount equal to the property tax assessed that property annually. Any such abatement activity that is necessary to address a public nuisance shall include a City administrative fee in addition to the cost of reimbursement for any third-party involvement to eliminate the code non-compliance. It should be noted that Municipal Court citations can also be issued by the Code Enforcement Department to non-compliant property owners or tenants accessing fines of up to $500 for each day a violation continues unresolved.
Time frames for Ordinance Compliance
Many public nuisances are addressed and corrected by the property owner within a few days from the receipt of an official notification from the Code Enforcement Department. However, most cases involving third-party abatement are resolved in two to three weeks due to the notification process required prior to the resulting abatement activity. This notification process also provides property owners with proper notice and time to make corrections on their own prior to any costly third-part abatement work. More complex abatements that may involve dilapidated or abandoned building structures often take several months to resolve due to the nature of more complex legal notice and processing requirements.
In most cases, if the Code Enforcement Department receive a citizen complaint or personally encounters a public nuisance violation, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a warning flyer to the property owner as a first step in the compliance process. In response to the warning flyer, the City is expecting the property owner to respond to the issue quickly to get the situation resolved as soon as possible. While the City looks at each violation separately and, in its entirety,, please take the warning flyers seriously.
How can you help your City?
The Glenpool Code Enforcement Department encourages its citizens to look for and report high grass and weeds in your neighborhood (for having potential to attract vermin and insect infestation), excessive yard trash accumulations exposed to the public, unsecured, deteriorated, or dilapidated buildings, and junked, abandoned, or inoperable vehicles. If a vehicle is continuously located on either public or private property for more than seven days, it may be subject to towing and impoundment. Vehicle owners and/or property owners in violation of public ordinances could be subject to criminal citations.
Remember public nuisance violations affect all citizens in some form. The Code Enforcement Department encourages public participation in these matters. Please keep in mind the most critical information needed when reporting a situation is the (1) correct address where the nuisance is occurring, (2) an accurate description of the nuisance, and (3) the address and where the nuisance is located on the property. In general, the Code Enforcement Department encourages Glenpool Citizen participation in the overall effort to keep our City clean, safe, and enjoyable for all.