Neighborhood Services

The purpose of the Neighborhood Services Division is to protect the public's life, health, and welfare by enforcing the requirements of all developed properties in the City of Choctaw. The division inspects for:

  • Dangerous buildings
  • Derelict vehicles
  • Dumping of trash
  • Overgrown and unkempt vegetation
  • Zoning violations
  • Any other violation notices when necessary

Neighborhood Services Division work includes the abatement of any violations to Federal, State and Local regulations.

Responsibilities

Neighborhood Services consists of several elements. It not only includes removal of high grass and weeds, but includes regulations regarding:

  • Accumulation of rubbish and brush
  • Dangerous buildings
  • Derelict vehicles
  • Stagnant water

Agencies Involved

The Development Services Department works in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), the County Health Department, as well as other local and state departments, in enforcing the Health and Sanitation Codes. 

Notifications

The City of Choctaw implements a one-time "Notification." This allows the City to notify the property owner(s) of the violation(s) once every six months via certified mail. Once the property owner has been notified, the City has the right to enter the property and abate the violations of the Health and Sanitation Code during the next 6 months.

The notice informs the owner(s) that their property is in violation and informs the owner(s) that they are aware of the specific ordinance or code. Once notified the property owner is permitted a certain allotted time to bring the violation in compliance. If the violation is not abated properly, the City will perform the abatement and the property will be brought into compliance.

If the City performs the abatement, the property owner will be billed for the work performed, in addition to an administration fee. 

Additional Information

Complaints, questions, or for information on City Health and Sanitation Code, contact the Code Compliance Officer at 405-281-6869.