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Additionally, without proper safeguards, structures would be built over building lines, over utility easements and into the rights-of-way. What would happen if your house was built over the sanitary sewer main and the main needed repair? What would happen if your pool was built over the sanitary or storm sewer, and your contractor punched a hole in the line? Or, what if you were installing a foundation or pool over a gas line or buried electrical lines and the equipment damaged the lines? The results of doing so could be disastrous and cost people their lives.
The building code ensures compliance with life-safety requirements and basic construction standards, which in turn safeguards the lives of people.
Because of the obvious differences in the various land uses, the City of Broken Arrow has adopted a comprehensive plan and zoning code to protect and safeguard the community. When someone violates the zoning code (for example, a patio cover built over a designated building line setback), the City Neighborhood Improvement Section (formerly Code Enforcement) will respond to complaints and work to bring the offending property into compliance with the code.
Typical actions by the City include investigating and confirming the violations, researching ownership information, providing official notification to the property owner and/or occupant of the violations, and issuing criminal citations for non-compliance.