Property Maintenance
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.

Property Maintenance

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.



Meth Labs

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.



Chickens (Poultry) Within Tulsa City Limits

The City of Tulsa has set minimum standards for raising chickens (poultry) within city residential areas:

  • No more than six (6) adults and fourteen (14) chicks under the age of eight (8) weeks are allowed.
  • Chickens (poultry) must be kept in a clean coop, screened to prevent the spread of disease. It should be fifty (50) feet from any adjoining residences.
  • Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry harmful germs such as Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, wash your hands so you don't get sick!



Clean Up Information for a Sewage Leak

Raw/untreated sewage is a health hazard due to the presence of disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Untreated they may cause property damage and present unhealthy living conditions.  Any surface contaminated by sewage, either outside or underneath a structure, requires attention to prevent illness.

When cleaning an area that has been contaminated by untreated sewage, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, masks, and/or coveralls are necessary.

If the damaged area is not cleaned and dried out properly, any item that cannot be cleaned and disinfected should be discarded.

For areas outside, remove heavily contaminated soil if possible, otherwise treat the area with lime.  Lime can be purchased at a home improvement or gardening store.  There are two types, agricultural lime and dolomite lime, both of which contain calcium.  By adding the lime, it changes the pH of the soil.  This helps to neutralize the area and dry the area, reduce odors and help to degrade organic matter.

After a few days, mix the lime into the soil and use a water hose on remaining residue. Do not allow access to the area until dry.

If the area is under a structure, use the same method for outside, however it may require more treatment and a longer drying time.  It is imperative the area is cleaned and dried, otherwise odors can occur indicating microbial growth.