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Code Enforcement Information

Contact Information:
Director of Community Development
Address: 101 S Hickory-2nd Floor, PO Box 60
Ottawa, KS 66067
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8-5
(Wednesday office closed from 8:30 to 10 for Staff Meeting)
Phone: (785) 229-3620
Department Email:
Director Email:


The enforcement of regulations regarding nuisances and inappropriate weeds to ensure the community's well being and safety, as well as sustain property values.

Primary Concerns

By reducing the following nuisances the health, safety and welfare of the community increases

  • Weeds and grass over 12"- which can allow for more animal activity, whether that is rodents or snakes.

  • Trash- has those issues as well as odor, attracting even more animals, ultimately affecting the health of persons nearby.

  • Appliances- are considered an immediate threat to persons or animals as they can topple, discharge chemicals etc.

  • Inoperable vehicles- often times means missing car parts, car parts strewn in the yard, cars stored off the ground with ramps, broken parts, etc., which can be harmful to children and adults alike.

  • Zoning violations- such as sign violations and animal violations.

Relative Projects

Requiring property owners to mow, pick up and dispose of trash, legally store or repair their vehicles, etc.

How do I file a complaint?

Complaint Processing:

  1. Complaint form completed and submitted.

  2. Complaint field checked by staff.

  3. Letter written to owner indentifying code violation. The owner is often given a courtesy notice of ten days to remove violation.

  4. Property re-inspected by staff and if violation still exists, certified letter requiring compliance within ten days is mailed.

  5. Property re-inspected by staff and if violation still exists, ticket written and/or violation contracted to be removed.

File a Complaint

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City Hall • 101 S. Hickory Street • Ottawa, KS 66067 • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm • 785.229.3600

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