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City’s tall grass and weed ordinances protect community health and safety

As spring rains and warmer weather signal the growing season, the City of Norman’s Code Compliance is reminding residents and businesses to help keep the community attractive and pest-free by regularly mowing lawns. 
“Grass and weeds need to be kept shorter than twelve inches in height,” said Kelvin Winter, Code Compliance Supervisor. “These ordinances maintain the appearance of our community, but they are also important for the health and safety of our residents. Mosquitoes and other pests are drawn to tall vegetation, debris and standing water.”
If Code Compliance finds that a violation of the city’s ordinance exists, a written notice is sent to the property owner, who is given 10 days to address the issue. If the violation is not resolved within that time frame, Code Compliance can file charges in municipal court and/or hire an independent contractor to bring the property into compliance and bill the cost of the work plus administrative fees to the property owner.  
Certain public rights of way adjacent to property owners should also be maintained, if not managed by a homeowner’s association.  These rights of ways include alleys and the areas behind back fences that are on a street or alley.
Health ordinances prohibit items outside that are not intended for outside storage, such as furniture, tree limbs on the ground, household appliances, lumber and boards, cloth and stagnant water. Sanitation services will collect this type of debris if it is placed in the polycart. Residents can contact Sanitation at 329-1023 to schedule a bulk collection of large items for an additional fee or can take the debris to the transfer station at 3901 Chautauqua Avenue. Norman residents receive a discounted rate at the transfer station by showing a utility bill or driver’s license with a Norman address. 
Residents who would like to report a property that isn’t being maintained can contact Code Compliance at 366-5332 during regular business hours, or leave a message after hours.  A complaint can be filed online at normanok.gov/planning/online-complaints.  When a complaint is received, code compliance inspects the property to determine if a violation exists and when it does, provides written notice of the violation.
Norman’s City ordinances can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/NormanCodeCompliance. 

As spring rains and warmer weather signal the growing season, the City of Norman’s Code Compliance is reminding residents and businesses to help keep the community attractive and pest-free by regularly mowing lawns. 

“Grass and weeds need to be kept shorter than twelve inches in height,” said Kelvin Winter, Code Compliance Supervisor. “These ordinances maintain the appearance of our community, but they are also important for the health and safety of our residents. Mosquitoes and other pests are drawn to tall vegetation, debris and standing water.”

If Code Compliance finds that a violation of the city’s ordinance exists, a written notice is sent to the property owner, who is given 10 days to address the issue. If the violation is not resolved within that time frame, Code Compliance can file charges in municipal court and/or hire an independent contractor to bring the property into compliance and bill the cost of the work plus administrative fees to the property owner.  

Certain public rights of way adjacent to property owners should also be maintained, if not managed by a homeowner’s association.  These rights of ways include alleys and the areas behind back fences that are on a street or alley.

Health ordinances prohibit items outside that are not intended for outside storage, such as furniture, tree limbs on the ground, household appliances, lumber and boards, cloth and stagnant water. Sanitation services will collect this type of debris if it is placed in the polycart. Residents can contact Sanitation at 329-1023 to schedule a bulk collection of large items for an additional fee or can take the debris to the transfer station at 3901 Chautauqua Avenue. Norman residents receive a discounted rate at the transfer station by showing a utility bill or driver’s license with a Norman address. 

Residents who would like to report a property that isn’t being maintained can contact Code Compliance at 366-5332 during regular business hours, or leave a message after hours.  A complaint can be filed online at normanok.gov/planning/online-complaints.  When a complaint is received, code compliance inspects the property to determine if a violation exists and when it does, provides written notice of the violation.

Norman’s City ordinances can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/NormanCodeCompliance.