Neighborhood Inspections

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?
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?
How many inoperable vehicles can be stored on residential property?

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?
What can be done if a neighbor has old appliances, trash or debris outside?

** Report Violations of City of Wichita's Neighborhood codes. Using this link allows for the direct referral to the appropriate inspector and the tracking of the status of previously submitted service requests

Read the City of Wichita's Neighborhood ordinances.