Frequently Asked Questions - Neighborhood Services
If you have received a warning notice on your property or through the mail it most usually means that we have received a complaint or that a Property Maintenance Inspector noticed a code violation while canvassing the area.
Please take the time to read the warning that you have received and address any and all violations that may be listed on your notice. If you are not sure of what is required don’t delay in contacting us so we may further assist you in explaining what needs to be done to bring your property into compliance.
You as either the Owner or the tenant are responsible to maintain your property in clean and sanitary condition. This includes the following but not limited to all grass and weeds must be maintained less than 6 inches in height, no trash or debris may be left outside unless it is in a proper trash receptacle. Indoor furniture, appliances, building materials, will not be permitted to remain outside even if under a carport or on a porch. Dead limbs and trees must be removed from the property. You are required by ordinance to maintain the alley or easement that adjoins your property.
Graffiti is a problem that plagues exterior walls, fencing, garages and sidewalks and commercial businesses in our city. This problem begins as an eyesore and can result in serious consequences, including increased crime activity, declining property values and the degradation of the structures ability to repel rain and snow. It must be the property owner responsibility to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance. We encourage anyone that has been tagged with graffiti to please file a report with the Fort Smith Police Department.
If you have received a 30 day inoperable vehicle you must contact the Neighborhood Services Division and show that the vehicle is operable. It must be able to start and move under its own power forward and backward. It must have a current registration and not be in a state of disrepair, i.e. flat tires, broken windows, broken head light/tail lights or missing any parts that deem it unsafe. If you fail to contact us we may take further enforcement action and have the vehicle towed from the property at the owner’s expense. We wish to avoid this so please contact us as soon as possible.
If you have received notice that you have a violation(s) against the city Property Maintenance Code and fail to comply within the allotted time the following action may be taken. Once legal notification has been placed on the property and the certified letter receipt has been returned to our office and the property still remains in violation it may be assigned to a contractor to abate the property of the violation at the owner’s expense. Our desire is to have the citizens of Fort Smith to maintain their property in compliance to avoid this from happening.
If you have been issued a warning more than twice in a calendar year that on the third time under city ordinance an affidavit for Failure to care for premises may be filled out and a Criminal Summons served for you to appear in court before the District Judge to give testimony as to why your property can not be maintained in accordance with the City of Fort Smith Property Maintenance Code that has been adopted by the city Board of Directors. We strongly encourage you that if you have been issued a warning to avoid receiving another please maintain your property within the guidelines of the code.
We understand that there are extenuating circumstances that happen sometimes and additional time may be needed to comply. We are more than willing to work with the citizens of Fort Smith if they are making a valid effort to bring their property into compliance. If you find that you are in a situation that may prohibit you from complying by the allotted time please contact our office.