Protecting Against Public Health Nuisances
THD helps enforce Tulsa County and City of Tulsa public nuisance programs that seek to eliminate unsanitary conditions that pose potential hazards to public health. Some examples of public health nuisances include:
- Stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed
- Animal carcasses
- Accumulation of manure, trash, rubble, etc.
- Leaking sewer lines or septic tanks
- Animals kept in unsanitary conditions
- Fire-damaged or dilapidated structures
- Solid or industrial waste
- Dense smoke, strong odors, noxious fumes, etc.
- Accumulation of blowing trash, building materials, etc.
- Damaged or dead trees
- Discharges into any storm drainage system
- Noxious growth of vegetation/weeds
To report a possible premise sanitation violation or public health nuisance, please click here to submit an online complaint or call 918-595-4200. THD will take necessary action or refer you to the proper authority with jurisdiction to handle your complaint.
Lead in the Home
Lead-based paint, in good condition, does not present a health hazard. However, paint left in poor repair, chipped, and peeling can be ingested. The presence of lead in people can cause adverse health effects, especially in children. Even low levels of lead can affect learning abilities, behavior, and brain development. Homes and apartments built before 1978 could have paint that contains lead. The International Property Maintenance Code Section 305.7 requires lead based paint greater than .5% must be removed or encapsulated as approved by the code official.
Landlords and home sellers are required to disclose known hazards for lead-based paint. When remodeling a home with lead-based paint, it is important to take proper precautions because renovations can release lead from paint into the air.
Testing for Lead in Paint
If you are concerned, the Tulsa Health Department can test a sample of paint from your home. Bring a sample at least the size of a half dollar or bigger to the environmental lab at 5051 S. 129th E. Ave., Tulsa. The cost is $25. To have children tested for lead, contact your doctor.
- Lead in the Home Fact Sheet [717 kb]
If a house or property is contaminated by a drug lab, contact THD for guidance and information regarding the contaminated property. Only your local health agency can determine if a property has been properly decontaminated. For general questions about drug labs and contaminated properties, please contact us at 918-595-4200 or consult 41 O.S. § 118 (OSCN 2015), Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. To report suspected illegal drug lab activity, contact your local law enforcement agency.
- Methamphetamine Fact Sheet [300 kb]