Code Compliance


Our goals are to eliminate blights, improve the appearance of business and residential areas, and create a community where all those who live, work, or visit can experience a sense of pride and well-being. While our goals may sound simple, your partnership and participation are needed to make them a reality.


Code compliance is responsible for enforcing codes that address health and safety issues. This includes regulations related to trash and debris, high grass and weeds, restrictions of view, zoning, and inoperable vehicles on private property. Enforcement is proactive and also occurs in response to requests by citizens. These services provided by Code Compliance help to improve and stabilize neighborhoods, protect property values, and promote a healthier and safer environment.

As always, the City of Ozark strives to resolve all code compliance issues voluntarily and with goodwill towards all citizens. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department at 417-581-2407 or by fax at 417-581-0353.

Before submitting a Code Violation Request

Are you submitting a request for:

  • Lack of Yard Maintenance.
  • Debris, Junk, & Rubbish on the property.
  • Inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicles are on the property.
  • Motor vehicles parked in/on non-designated spots.
  •  Illegal dwelling units on the interior or exterior of the structure without proper permits
  • Or other Code violations 

Yard Maintenance

Yard maintenance standards are the responsibility of every property owner and include the maintenance of plant material in any right of way around the property. Grass must be maintained at 10 inches or less.

Debris, Junk & Rubbish

Junk and rubbish cannot be left in the yard and must be properly disposed of. This includes junk, such as auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, and tires; trash, such as discarded paper, cardboard, plastics, etc.; and debris, such as tree trimmings and fallen limbs.

Inoperative or Unlicensed Motor Vehicles

Inoperative motor vehicles cannot be stored except in a fully enclosed structure. An inoperative vehicle is a vehicle that does not display a current license tag and/or is not equipped with all the parts that are required to legally and safely operate on a public street and/or cannot be driven under its own power.


Parking is permitted for passenger cars and motorcycles on residential lots only on a legal driveway or in a garage. Other areas of residential lots may be utilized for parking as long as vehicles are parked on a paved surface.

Illegal Dwelling Units

Dwelling units that have been added to the interior or exterior of the structure without proper permits are illegal, regardless of how long the units have existed.

  1. James Cervi

    Code Compliance Officer

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