1144 S. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213
455 N Main, 7th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
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
Is it unlawful for an owner of a vacant
residence or building to allow it to become
dilapidated and open to entry?
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. **
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
Using this link allows for the direct referral to the appropriate inspector and
the tracking of the status of previously submitted service requests
City of Wichita’s Neighborhood ordinances.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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