It may sound odd, but when purchasing a new home it is your duty to find out who is responsible for maintaining the surrounding streets. There are more than 500 miles of privately owned and maintained roads in OKC and not all of them are clearly marked or located behind a gated entrance. Private road maintenance and upkeep is solely the responsibility of the neighbors adjoining the private streets. City crews are not allowed to fill potholes or even clear snow away from them. You can also check the street marker: public streets have a green background with white lettering while the private streets have a white background with black lettering. Remember, it is your responsibility as a homeowner to do the research and to be well informed.
Illegally placed signs are a nuisance to neighborhoods throughout the metro. Not only are they ugly but they can also cause safety issues. The City's Public Information Office has created a brochurethat provides information to citizens about what makes an illegally placed sign.
Oklahoma City homeowners wanting to save money on their electric and gas bill by making their home more energy efficient can apply for a green home loan offered through the City of Oklahoma City. More
The Oklahoma City Planning Department has prepared the second edition of "Putting Down Roots," a 130-page a guide for the selection, care and maintenance of trees in central Oklahoma. This free resource guide features full-color photos and information about more than 60 trees that are suitable for planting in the central Oklahoma region. The book also details information on about irrigation, soil characteristics, site selection, spacing, bloom schedules, pruning and pest control. Click here to download "Putting Down Roots" (PDF) or find out where to pick up a free copy.
In an effort to reduce blight in neighborhoods and keep home property values from declining the City is increasing the fine for yard parkers from $10 to $100. More
The Storm Shelter Registry is a free, voluntary service that allows residents to provide information about their storm shelter so police, fire and emergency responders can find them in case of an emergency.
If your storm shelter is located in the Oklahoma City limits and you are unable to add it to the registry, or if you need to update information about your registered storm shelter, contact the Action Center at 297-2535.
The City installs practical, efficient streetlights to make your neighborhood safe at the lowest possible cost to you.
But if your neighborhood wants the style and atmosphere of period-style streetlights, and is willing to pay for them, additional options are available.
The City can help you, but most of the job will be yours.
The Action Center and the Public Information & Marketing Office have prepared more than a dozen articles ready for your neighborhood newsletter. Read more about the articles here.
Landscaping can liven up your neighborhood. The City can help you get started, but you'll need your own green thumb to keep it going. Learn more about neighborhood landscaping.
The Oklahoma City Council of Neighborhoods provides resources such as speakers, forums, training assistance and recognition programs for neighborhoods leadership to existing neighborhoods and to develop associations when requested. The Council of Neighborhoods serves as a liaison between government, business, and the people that make up a neighborhood in a collaborative effort to develop programs geared toward community development and improvement.
The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to the metropolitan neighborhoods of Central Oklahoma. The Neighborhood Alliance can help you create your own neighborhood association or get in touch with the one already serving your neighborhood. Neighborhood Alliance is an independent voice championing our neighborhoods, a resource to which neighborhoods can turn, and an expert on neighborhood issues for local governments.
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Grants and interest-free or low-interest loans available to buy, repair homes
Learn more about the City's HP districts .
Development Services' Code Enforcement Division is responsible for neighborhood quality codes – keeping neighborhoods free of dilapidated buildings, tall grass and weeds and other neighborhood eyesores and nuisances.
The Zoning Inspections Division is responsible for the enforcement of all zoning ordinance requirements, including permit inspections for signs, fences, parking and handicapped parking.
The Action Center is the central clearinghouse for code enforcement complaints.