Code Enforcement goal is to work in partnership with Altus residents to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We work hard to maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements. This will ensure to protect the health, safety and welfare of Altus residents and visitors.
When you report a code violation to us, a Code Enforcement Officer goes to the address to check the complaint. If there is a code violation, the Officer issues a notice to correct the problem.
Sometimes a courtesy notice is the first step. Other times official legal notice is posted or a citation is issued. We take enforcement action if the problem isn’t corrected by the time allotted in the violation letter.
Based on the violation, the City can take varied enforcement action. Code Enforcement Officers write citations for violations such as exterior property maintenance i.e. high grass and weeds or trash and debris. The City can clean up the location then bill the property owner for the work, if it is not done in the allotted time given. Junk or abandoned vehicles on private property or in the street can be towed away at the owner's expense.
All problems reported to Code Enforcement are confidential. The City is the complaining party – not you or your neighborhood. You don’t have to give us a name or phone number. We request this information so we can contact you with a follow-up, but you’re not required to give it to us.
Building Code Enforcement
The Planning Department is responsible for building & structure code enforcement such as fences and building repairs. Please contact the Planning Department for building/structure concerns. For all other property code enforcement concerns, contact us.
- What are the most common violations?
- Where can I find the codes for these?
- How can I report a potential violation?
- At what height is tall grass considered to be a violation?
- I called last week, why isn’t the grass mowed?
- Am I responsible to mow back yard and my half of the alley?
- How many cars can be parked at my residence?
- How many days will I have to correct code violation?
- Can I park my car on the grass?
- What is considered a junk or abandoned vehicle?
- How can I file an appeal for a violation?
- Can I arrange more time to correct a violation or make payments on a fine?