The mission of the Neighborhood Services division is to administer and enforce minimum building and property maintenance standards, in order to safeguard the health, safety and general welfare of the occupants of buildings and the surrounding premises. Those minimum standards and procedures are defined by: various model codes that are periodically reviewed and adopted; by provisions within the Municipal Code; and by applicable State of Oklahoma statutes.
The Property Inspections division of Neighborhood Services is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code, and of the Public Nuisance section of the Municipal Code. Of note is the fact that the Neighborhood Services department was recently realigned to allow more emphasis on nuisance abatement activities. The Property Inspections staff serves as the primary enforcement arm for the City’s various nuisance and property maintenance codes. In this capacity, they are tasked with receiving and responding to a wide range of citizen’s complaints, covering any condition that might be considered a public nuisance. It is their job to determine when a complaint warrants action, and to decide the most appropriate means of processing the complaint. Licensed with the Oklahoma Code Enforcement Association, they must undergo periodic training to maintain their credentials. They must also coordinate with Police, Fire and other City departments when necessary, and with other Code Enforcement officials. Keeping accurate records is a necessity. Part of this process can involve gathering evidence in support of a violation charge and presenting it before the Municipal Court, or before an administrative hearing officer.
The City of Ponca City codes are intended to benefit everyone while making our community a better place to live, work, and play. Compliance with these codes can reduce vandalism, deter crime, maintain property values, and prevent deterioration of your neighborhood. If you suspect there are violations of the City Municipal Code, please contact the Neighborhood Services hotline at (580) 767-0331. Callers will remain anonymous.