City of Tulsa – Reporting Problems

City of Tulsa Nuisance Ordinances

Note: These are City of Tulsa Ordinances, not something your Home Owners Association (HOA) is coming up with. Be sure to thank your HOA for alerting you to these, in order to help protect you, if you were not aware of them otherwise.

NUISANCES (these are spelled out on the link above.)

Ch. 1, Pg. 7 SECTION 106. Title 24 –

Any person who anywhere within the City of Tulsa commits any nuisance or who knowingly permits the creation or continuation of any nuisance on any property owned or occupied by himself shall be guilty of a misdemeanor offense and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00), excluding costs, fees and assessments, or by imprisonment in the City Jail for a period of not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Ord. Nos. 17942,21596,21954

Reporting problems in your neighborhood


Tulsa’s residential-use codes were passed to preserve property values and to guard the health of residents and the safety of residential property. Title 24, Chapter 1, Section 101 covers “Nuisances Affecting Health”.
Enforcement. The city agency to report such violations to is the Department of Public Works Neighborhood Inspections Section 596-7698 or to the Mayor’s Action Center (596-2100) 

  • Trash cans at curb. Paragraph 16 prohibits: Garbage cans or any trash containers which are not fly-tight or are kept or stored within 12 feet of a curb, or edge of paving where there is no curb, in excess of 24 hours.
  • Yard maintenance. Also prohibited are weeds and other rank growths on private property or adjoining parking, including poison sumac, or vegetation taller than 12 inches, except healthy trees, shrubs, or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden. Report mowing violations to Mayor’s Action Center (596-2100)
  • Trees and shrubs. It is illegal for their density or location to block motorists’ view around street corners or to create a fire hazard or interfere with the mowing of weeds and grass; to harbor, conceal, or invite deposits of refuse or trash; to harbor rodents or vermin; or if they give off unpleasant or noxious odors; or if they are dead or diseased.
  • Trash, junk and debris. Such items may not be left in the yard and must be disposed of, including auto parts, appliances, indoor furniture, tires, trash, tree trimmings, etc
  • Inoperable vehicles. These must be stored within enclosed structures, unless they appear to be operable and capable of being legally operated. Expired tags don’t count but flat tires and missing parts do. They can’t be used for storage or parked in the yard, street or driveway.
  • Parking. Vehicles may not be left parked in the same spot on the street longer than 24 hours. Call the Mayor’s Action Center (596-2100) to report same. Police will “red-tag” the vehicle, marking it for tow unless it is moved in 24 hours. No vehicle can be parked in the yard at any time, and no commercial equipment–semi trucks, dump trucks, wreckers–may be parked in residential neighborhoods.
  • Outdoor storage. Only things normally stored outdoors may be kept outdoors– firewood, grills, lawn furniture, hoses, play equipment for children and lawnmowers.
  • Illegal fences. Front yard fences may not exceed 4 feet and backyard or side-yard fences may not exceed 8 feet in height. Most neighborhoods have restrictive covenants limiting backyard fence height to 6 feet.
  • Animals  running loose The City of Tulsa has a current animal ordinance and requires adherence to the leash law.  The Tulsa Animal Shelter at 669-6299 handles complaints  and will pick up stray or injured animals. . The shelter staff will help you to work with neighbors on “pet” problems. Please refer to the Tulsa Animal Shelter website for more information:
  • NOISE ORDINANCES-Tulsa’s noise ordinance declares as nuisances “all loud or unusual noises and annoying vibrations which offend the peace and quiet of persons of ordinary sensibilities.” — Tulsa City Ordinances, Title 24, Chapter 1, Section 103 part F
  • Mufflers- “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order . . . to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, bypass or similar device upon a motor vehicle on any street or highway. No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in any manner which will amplify or increase the noise or sound emitted louder than that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle.” — Tulsa City Ordinances, Title 37, Chapter 7, section 721

The restrictive covenants (which are part of your abstract) in our association require that all new modifications to the exterior of homes and property, i.e. roofs, fences, additions, etc., be approved by the committee of the board of directors. If you are planning any new changes to the exterior of your home or property, please contact any director.

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