The consolidation of operations of Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita into the Metropolitan Building and Construction Department brings a unique set of challenges for all sections. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Neighborhood Nuisance Code and Inspection. While in many ways the two sections (Sedgwick County and City of Wichita) bring together a like set of principles and parameters, there are unique differences in the requirements and enforcement. The following information is a snapshot of the most common issues and is meant to show the primary differences in the two governmental agencies. Please refer to the individual codes listed at the bottom for more detailed information.
Is it unlawful for an owner of a vacant residence or building to allow it to become dilapidated and open to entry?
These are violations in Sedgwick County Code “Nuisance Code” and may be reported to Sedgwick County Department of Code Enforcement at 1144 S. Seneca St. Wichita, Kansas 67213-4443 or by calling (316) 660-1840 or 1-800-527-2633.
The City of Wichita uses the Minimum Housing Code, Chapter 20, to determine the minimum standards for light, ventilation, electricity and heating, space requirements, etc, of both vacant and occupied structures and dwelling units. Violations in the City of Wichita may be reported by calling (316) 268-4481 or reporting it to your Neighborhood Housing Inspector. **
How do inoperable vehicles impact our community?
Inoperable vehicles have an impact on the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Sedgwick County. They serve as a breeding ground for insects, rodents and are a danger especially to children because of broken glass, unstable mounting jacks or blocks etc. They are a blighting influence upon the area, devaluing surrounding properties and negatively impacting the quality of life in a community.
What is an inoperable vehicle?
The Sedgwick County Code defines inoperable vehicle as: "Any vehicle that is unable to operate or move under its own power. This term also means as a condition of being junked, wrecked, wholly or partially dismantled, discarded, abandoned or unable to perform the functions or purposes for which it was originally constructed and cannot be operated in a normal and safe manner.
The City of Wichita defines inoperable vehicle as a condition of being junked, wrecked, wholly or partially dismantled, discarded, abandoned or unable to perform the functions or purposes for which it was originally constructed and cannot be operated in a normal and safe manner.
How many inoperable vehicles can be stored on residential property?
Sedgwick County Code ("Nuisance Code") allows for the outdoor storage of up to 9 inoperable vehicles and/or parts equal to 9 vehicles. In the unincorporated sections of the county outdoor storage of inoperable vehicles or vehicle parts must be screened in such a manner that the vehicles or parts are not visible from ground level view from the street or the neighboring property.
The City of Wichita does not allow for any inoperable vehicles within the city limits unless stored inside an enclosed structure. Inoperable vehicles include those vehicles without valid registration and licensing and/or those that cannot be legally and safely driven on Wichita streets. See Sec. 7.40.045 of the Wichita City Code for a complete definition.
Neither code places limits on the number of properly licensed and operational vehicles that you can have on your property.
How tall must grass and weeds be before I can report it?
Sedgwick County Nuisance Code, Chapter 19 allows grass to be maintained at no more than 18” in height.
The City of Wichita Code, Chapter 8, allows for grass to be maintained at no more than 12” in height. **
What can be done if a neighbor has old appliances, trash or debris outside?
These violations in Sedgwick County may be reported to Sedgwick County Code Enforcement at 1144 S. Seneca St. Wichita, Kansas 67213-4443 or by calling (316) 660-1840 or 1-800-527-2633.
Violations in the City of Wichita may be reported by calling (316) 268-4481 or reporting it to your Neighborhood Housing Inspector. **
** Violations of
City of Wichita’s Neighborhood Codes
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the tracking of the status of previously submitted Service Requests.
1144 S. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213
455 N Main, 7th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202