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A building permit gives you legal right to start construction of a project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact the Permit Technician at 405-390-2999. Discuss your plans with them before you begin work. If a permit is not needed, the building inspector can answer your construction questions and may provide valuable advice. For more information, contact the Building Safety office at 405-281-6850 or email the Building Inspector.
An application will need to be filled out and paid for before a permit can be issued. Please contact the Permit Technician at 405-390-2999 or by email.
Permits are usually required for:
Your permit allows the building safety inspector to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, family, friends, future occupants, and the public.
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the federal, state, or city, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections.
Learn about the permit process on our Permits page.
A Certificate of Occupancy requires inspections from various departments, depending on the nature of the occupant. Inspections will be scheduled and handled by the proper departments. Once inspections are completed and the occupant is compliant with the current code, then a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will be issued. Learn more by calling our office at 405-281-6850.
ANSWER - ODOT’s County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) five-year plan is used to improve mostly rural County roads. This fund is used for overlay projects, mill/overlay projects while Choctaw’s is complete reconstructions. The Counties typically prefer this type of construction over full-depth reconstruction because the money can be stretched so much further and get as many roads painted black as possible. In fact, mill / overlay or resurfacing projects are typically about 20%-25% of the cost of full-depth replacement. In the County’s case, many of their roads on the County system are good candidates for these lower cost improvements, but that is not the case in Choctaw, as explained below.
With Choctaw streets specifically, the issue with “stretching the money further” and “painting as many roads black as possible” is that this would result in a much shorter life-span. In some cases we would see as little as 3 years of life expectancy due to the condition of what’s underneath (the base). As stated above, the City could have potentially gotten 3-4 times more roads resurfaced and actually went into this looking for areas that we could mill / overlay. But as a condition of the plan, the City still wanted to achieve the 20-30 year life-span goals.
To make the decision on what surface the City was going to put down, they spent considerable expense taking roadway cores of the areas scoped for improvements. However, in our case, and as the engineer stated in the public meeting, “no sections chosen for rehabilitation are candidates for a mill & overlay (resurfacing).” The City could have painted the roads black with a new surface that would last 3-5 years. The engineer said “being the best steward of public money and giving the citizens the most bang for their buck, the plan calls for roads that have a lifespan of 20-30 years.” Simply stated, what had been done in the past (overlay, mill, overlay, mill, etc.) left us no roads that were good candidates for additional mill / overlay or resurfacing without sacrificing life span.
So, rather than just paint more roads black, the City elected to construct roads that have a much longer life span and little maintenance cost so that our future dollars can be directed to more roadway sections that are still in need of rehabilitation. This followed the direction of our geotechnical engineer and pavement design engineer, and is the best spend of taxpayer dollars, and will result in the best overall condition of our roads for the future.
As a practical example, we are building 30-year streets. This means that there will be little-to-no maintenance during this time period and, in turn, little revenue required to be devoted to these streets. If we were to construct a street that was 25% of the cost but only had 10%-15% of the life, we would be doing a disservice to the Citizens.
In terms of the establishing costs, the City used the exact same numbers that the CIRB program uses. These are historical averages for costs of construction published by ODOT. So, it isn’t whether or not CIRB funds are used or City of Choctaw funds are used. The roads are going to cost the same. The difference is that the City has made a conscious effort to build the best road section possible to minimize future maintenance and allow the City, long-term, to maximize the improvements were are able to make and thereby most drastically improve the condition of our roads.
Choctaw is not the only city using bond election and sales taxes to perform road resurfacing or reconstruction. I direct you to the City websites for Sapulpa, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Durant, and Tuttle, for starters. Compare the City of Choctaw’s process and numbers to these Cities; we believe we are far and above the study efforts done by these cities, as well as our transparency in numbers.
The attached powerpoint has 17 slides. Specifically slides 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 are examples you can refer to. ODOT Grade, Drain, Surface bids from last few months (PDF)
⇒There are two questions on the ballot. One question for the property tax and one for the sales tax. ⇒Both questions need to pass in order to do the long-range plan. Failure of one question will mean the reconstruction/repair of four roads.
This answer pretty much defines the process for any road selected for rebuild. As an example we will use Reno Avenue. The section of Reno between Hiwassee & Henney needs to be rebuilt and the section of Reno between Henney & Choctaw Road needs to be rebuilt. Each of these road sections will get sidewalks, curb, and guttering attention as well. It’s difficult to estimate a timeline right now because before the first shovel of dirt gets turned the City must go through a series of steps. Below is a list of some of those items:
With that in mind, as a rough guess we might be able to start awarding contracts in the late-summer-2020 time frame, but that is only an estimate.
Bar ditches and culverts will be reshaped for appropriate drainage as part of the construction on each road section. Each solution will be designed and applied on a section-by-section basis.
⇒ The property tax on a $100,000 home would increase $5 per month. On a $100 purchase, the sales tax would increase by $0.75, about the price of three coupons at a grocery store.
The golf course is a stand-alone business activity within the Choctaw Utilities Authority’s purview. In other words, it is a fee-for-service activity. The goal is for the golf course to stand on its own with no monetary assistance. However, when the City spent the $1.245M and bought the golf course in late 2016 - and the 80 acres it sits on – it also bought the problems that were causing the course to fail as a business. Some money had to be transferred to make it viable and get it out of the red on the balance sheet. It is against the law to run an activity in the red, so the City had to transfer money from the General Fund to keep out of trouble. The following budget year 2017-18, even considering the poor condition the course was in, the city floated $250K from General Taxes to help. In 2018-19 receipts were better and the City transferred a lesser amount of $185K to help the course. This year $175K was budgeted, but it may not need that much. Given that the facility will become self-sustaining (the goal is to make that a reality in the next five years or so), shutting it down will save the taxpayer exactly zero dollars.
The money actually spent on the golf course that is taxpayer-fronted is $435K, with a budgeted-but-not-yet-spent $175K for this 2019-20 fiscal year. In theory half a road could have been paved with that money, but the long-term benefit to the community justifies the investment made to date.
Another benefit the general public does not think about is the long-term: The City now owns 80 acres of prime real estate. We cannot sell the land to anyone other than the previous owners for ten years, per the purchase contract language; once that time has passed, the City will be just paying down the note and watching the value rise. If the City had not stepped in, this land would have been another housing development on some prime real estate. As it stands now, when we reach year 2026 (ten years after the purchase date) we as the owners have unlimited options for this land. If we no longer want the golf course, we can build a conference center, a recreation area, or something like “Top-Golf.” Or, we can even keep nine holes and make a retreat hotel or the like. There is significant future benefit to the City in the long run and it is short-sighted to focus on the now, debating whether the transferred money could have been used for a section of road. Council agreed to accept the risks of owning the 80 acres over repaving a one-mile stretch of blacktop, which is a drop in the bucket of the roads problem.
The City made a good deal, as the golf course is both a solid investment in real estate and a place where the City’s golfers and those from all the surrounding areas go to enjoy some leisure time and good food.
The standard roadway preliminary design methods employed by ODOT and other State & Federal Agencies were used by our engineer to determine cost. This method entails conducting enough preliminary design to prepare detailed cost estimates to accurately determine the cost of construction. The method consists of measuring the existing surface square footage by accurate aerial photos to determine the amount of removal and how much of the existing surface was to be processed. A “typical” section was then computed for each roadway section which yielded the quantities of materials needed (tons of asphalt, yards of concrete, etc.). At that point, ODOT standard pricing was applied to those material quantities to obtain cost. Any drainage improvements or widening required were also estimated on a cost per foot basis using ODOT pricing. Any “special construction” was priced individually and added to specific sections (such as schools crossings, drainage structures, and signalization). Again, this is the standard practice for construction cost estimating used by State & Federal Agencies to determine cost of construction prior to funding. Preliminary drawings are not produced until after funding is approved.
Ordinance No. 807-2019 states language “providing that the proceeds of said tax are to be used to fund the constructing, improving, repairing, and maintaining of streets, roads, alleys, bridges and sidewalks benefiting the city etc. Other sections of this ordinance and the resolutions set forth what the proceeds can be used for and “fences” its use for roads and the listed associated road costs. As far as land and real property acquisition, this only applies to obtaining right of way not already acquired, for the purpose of road widening and movement of utilities to fix the roads. This in no way authorizes the City to use bond money to purchase real property not associated with the main focus of fixing roads.
⇒ The roads will be competitively contracted out to experienced companies that perform road reconstruction and repairs.
The City of Choctaw, for the last 6 or 7 years, was contracted by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) for traffic counts in the city. ACOG chose which roads would be used for traffic counts. The city does not have the manpower, equipment, or funding to do traffic counts for all of the 127 miles of roads in Choctaw. Traffic counts, for the purpose of the assessment, were considered through road type—a section line obviously has a higher traffic count than a collector, which has a higher count than a residential. This was all factored in as part of the scoring criteria.
⇒ This is a long-range funding plan for reconstruction, repair, maintenance, upkeep of widely traveled roads, roads that connect to widely traveled roads, and neighborhood roads.
The Mayor’s Task Force subcommittee, led by the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools Superintendent, validated the assessment done by City Staff, and with additional comments, recommended the next step in selecting the roads to be worked. From that list, a more focused list was produced by the committee, accounting for the 12 roads selected. Road Selection spreadsheet (PDF) Road core samples were taken on the selected roads to narrow down the costs of repair. Any road listed under the property tax question Bond Transparency Act (PDF) must be done whether the funding obtained through the Bond Issue covers it or not. The road core samples were beneficial in providing a more accurate cost of the repair or reconstruction to the roads, but the final costs can’t be determined until bids are selected. Road cores samples also validated road conditions we could not see from the surface. The cost to perform the road core samples on the 12 roads was $26K. The cost to do all of Choctaw roads would be in excess of $350K.
⇒One must be registered to vote within Choctaw city limits no later than January 17, 2020. Contact the Oklahoma State Election Board for more information. To vote in this election, one must be a registered voter within the city limits of Choctaw. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is February 5, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Early voting will take place at the Oklahoma County Election Board on Thursday, February 6th, and Friday, February 7th, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
There are 4 roads to be completed with the property tax question and up to 8 roads to be completed with the sales tax. Road Selection spreadsheet (PDF) No determinations of start and completion dates can be made until the questions pass. State statute requires cities to list 70% of the roads to be worked under the property tax question. Choctaw went further and listed 82% to ensure the citizens a complete view of the roads to be worked.
⇒This is a long-range funding plan for maintenance, upkeep, and construction of widely traveled roads, roads that connect to widely traveled roads, and neighborhood roads.
⇒Once both questions pass, depending on when funding is provided, Choctaw citizens could see activity in late 2020.
⇒Once passed, the Choctaw total sales tax rate will be 9.5%. In Oklahoma, there are 33 other cities that will be equal to or higher than Choctaw.
⇒ Choctaw’s new sales tax rate would be 9.5%. Shawnee is 9.5%, MWC is 9.1% and OKC is 8.625%. On a $100 dollar purchase the sales tax for Choctaw and Shawnee would be $9.50, while MWC would be $9.10, and OKC would be $8.63.
If you compare the projected sales tax on a $100 purchase in Choctaw, which would equal $9.50, to a $100 purchase in say, Midwest City, which would equal $9.10, there is only a 40-cent difference. That doesn't include the cost of gas to drive there as opposed to staying in Choctaw.
⇒The monies generated through the passage of the General Obligation Bonds and additional sales tax is dedicated for funding for roads per ordinance and statute.
The proposal has two elements. General Obligation bonds to be authorized by the voters, AND a new 0.75% sales tax for roads to be authorized by the voters.
⇒The GO bonds to be authorized are currently estimated at $13 million. The GO Bonds are paid for with your ad-valorem or property tax. The long-range plan would have the City returning to the voters sometime in the next 10-15 years to authorize additional GO bonds to be issued as the older GO bonds are paid off and to allow the City to keep investing in Choctaw roads.
⇒Voters will also be asked to approve a three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) increase in sales tax, which means that for every $100 purchase in Choctaw, the sales tax increase will be 75 cents. That will increase the total sales tax rate in Choctaw to 9.5%. The increase will generate approximately an additional $1.1 million/year in revenue to fund the road improvement projects.
The sales tax increase is permanent; the property tax increase is not.
⇒Repairing the roads means there are parts of the existing road that is use-able; work can be done to make them better.
⇒Reconstructing means very little of the road is use-able, if any, because there is no underlying base. The road will need to be torn out completely and built again.
⇒The projected costs to reconstruct and repair all roads in Choctaw falls between $380 million to $410 million. Choctaw sales tax income is around $7.2 million. It is not possible to use generated sales tax to fund the reconstruction/repairs needed.
⇒The projected costs were provided by the engineering company using a square footage amount. The costs for some of the roads included items such as sidewalks, curbs/guttering, and pedestrian crossings. These amount are estimates until they are out for competitive bids.
⇒Future roads will be selected by the City Council with input from staff and citizens of Choctaw.
In order to have a garage sale you need to fill out a Garage Sale Permit (PDF) and turn it in at the Permits desk at City Hall, located at:2500 N Choctaw RoadChoctaw, OK 73020
The price of a garage sale permit ($10) includes three signs. If you need additional signs, they can be purchased individually. You may not post any garage sale signs other than the signs provided by City Hall. If you live outside of City limits, you do not need a permit, however, you can purchase signs from City Hall if you desire.
Choctaw’s Citywide Garage Sale is held on the first Saturday in May. Garage Sales held on Citywide Saturday are free, and no permit is required. If participating in the Citywide garage sale you may place a homemade sign in your yard. However, any other signs posted must be official City Garage Sale signs, which can be purchased at City Hall for $1.50 each.
The city will prepare a map of all garage sales participating in the Citywide sale. Maps will be available online and at City Hall.
If you wish to extend your sale beyond the single day, you must buy a permit and pay $3.00 per each extra day. This price includes a sign.
For any further questions, please contact our Permits Department at 405-390-2999.
Traditionally, Choctaw observes trick or treating on Halloween, October 31st. The City of Choctaw also hosts a Haunted Trail with trick or treat stations at Choctaw Creek Park several nights in October, including the night of Halloween. For more information, check out the Haunted Trails page.
All meetings are at 7 p.m. at City Hall except for the Choctaw Economic Development Authority, which meets at 4:30 p.m. at Old Germany Restaurant. View more information about Council and Board meeting schedules.
The Choctaw Community Center sustained damage during a storm a few years ago and is no longer available to the community. The City does have park pavilions available for rent at the city parks for outdoor events. Please check out our Parks page for more information. In addition, the Club House at the Choctaw Creek Golf Course can also be rented for indoor events. Please contact the Choctaw Creek Golf Course at 405-769-7166 for more information.
The City of Choctaw does not keep a list of rental companies or rental properties. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 405-390-3303 to see if they have a listing.
Choctaw is home to two Splash Pads, the Barrel Springs Splash Pad and the Alexis Clark Water Park. The parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Oklahoma winters can often bring severe ice and snow. When the weather is severe, the safest plan of action is to stay home until the road crews have had time to scrape and salt the roads. In the event of a severe storm, the city has a plan in conjunction with Oklahoma City to clear priority snow routes first.
View snow route maps and information. Remember to plan ahead, go slow and stay safe.
The Historical Sculpture Gardens along northeast 23rd Street are one of the many landscaping projects initiated and maintained by the Choctaw Parks Foundation. Funding for the Choctaw Parks Foundation comes from the Choctaw Land Run Bike Ride fundraiser in April, special grants, and donations.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the maintenance of the landscaping, please contact Jeannie Abts at 405-390-2596. For more information visit the Choctaw Parks Foundation page.
Try using the site search feature, or you can always call us at City Hall at 405-390-8198.
Choctaw is located in Oklahoma County, District 2. For more information or to contact the District 2 County Commissioner, visit the Oklahoma County District 2 website. You can also reach District 2 at their office by calling 405-713-1502 or the District 2 Yard at 405-713-2379.
The Choctaw Post Office can be reached at 405-390-0243. You can also visit the U.S. Postal Service website to complete forms for a mail hold, change of address, and other services.
The Choctaw Public Library can be reached at 405-390-8418. For more information about the library, including contact information, hours, and upcoming events, check out the Choctaw Public Library page.
The City of Choctaw is not affiliated with the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Nation is located in Durant, Oklahoma. You can contact them at 1-800-522-6170 or visit the Choctaw Nation website.
The City of Choctaw is located in Oklahoma County, in Central Oklahoma, and is not affiliated with Choctaw County. The Choctaw County seat is located in Hugo, Oklahoma, and can be reached at 580-326-7554 or by visiting the Hugo Oklahoma website.
The Choctaw Fire Department issues Burn Permits. Please contact them at 405-390-8300, 7 days a week.
With the new contract with Waste Connections, holidays that fall on a week day will offset trash service by one day. So, if your trash pick up day is Tuesday, they will pick up on Wednesday. The only holidays that affect trash pick up are New Years, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
If your trash was not picked up on a scheduled trash day, please contact Waste Connections directly to report the missed pickup, at 405-745-2942.
For more information please visit our Utilities page.
Permits are required for many installation and building projects within city limits, including but not limited to:
Work performed without a permit can incur a fine and double the permit fee. Inspections cannot be performed on work that does not have a Permit on file.
If in doubt, please call 405-390-2999 and speak to our Planning and Development Department. You can also view the applications for permits.
If you are considering operating a home based business, please contact our Planning and Development Department at 405-390-2999 to ensure that your area is properly zoned for the type of business you plan to operate. In order to operate a business from your home, you will need to obtain a Home Occupancy Permit (PDF) from City Hall, and if you plan to post a sign outside your home, you will need a Sign Permit (PDF) as well. Home Occupancy permits must be renewed annually.
Please contact the Planning and Development department at 405-390-2999 with any further questions.
All City licenses expire on June 30th. You will need to renew your license with the City of Choctaw prior to July 1st in order to continue to conduct business in the City limits. Please visit our Permits and License Page to download applications and get information on the requirements to obtain licenses.
Issues with stray or nuisance animals can be reported to the Animal Control officer at 405-769-3821.
Code Enforcement complaints can be reported to the Code Compliance Officer at 405-281-6869.
Grass and weeds cannot be more than 12 inches high or Code Compliance can cite you for abatement. To report high grass and weeds, please contact Code Compliance at 405-281-6869.
The first step is to obtain a Storm Shelter Permit (PDF) prior to installing the Storm Shelter. Storm shelter permits need to be filed at City Hall. There is no fee for storm shelter permits.
After the installation is complete, please call the Planning and Development Department at 405-390-2999 and they will let the Fire Department know. The Fire Department will come and GPS the location of your shelter in order to ensure that in the event of excessive tornado damage, they will be able to find the location of your shelter.
Cox Cable handles their own customer support calls. Please direct your customer service issues to the Cox Cable webpage or call them directly at 405-600-8282. For support regarding channel changes, please visit the Cox Channel Lineup Changes page.
As of May 2019, City Ordinance 712, Section 1, Section 9-607 states the following:
We recommend you check this FAQ annually in case the Ordinance is changed or a burn ban alters the restrictions.
Creating an area with a flexible density of dwelling options, to provide citizens of Choctaw with more local shopping and dining opportunities, support local small businesses, and entice more diverse housing choices. The vision is to create a stay-and-play community and keep sales tax dollars local. Currently the charter restricts anything more than 8 single-family dwellings per acre in the area better known as Old Town or downtown Choctaw. For instance, a three-story building with offices on the 1st floor, retail on the 2nd floor, and apartments on the 3rd, could not be considered. This change would be restricted to the 1-square-mile noted in the proposed amendment, nowhere else in the City. If the Charter amendment is approved, it would allow Council to consider these types of proposals.
Charter of the city of Choctaw, Oklahoma; Article I: Density of dwellings; § 9-1 Density of Dwellings
§ 9-1 DENSITY OF DWELLINGS.
A. Construction (whether by original construction, alteration, or other manner), location, operation, use, or occupancy of any dwelling unit or units of a greater density than eight (8) single-family units per acre of the lot or parcel of land on which constructed or located, is hereby prohibited within the City of Choctaw.
B. Subsection A above shall not apply to any dwelling unit or units existing, or for which a building permit has been secured from the town, at the time this charter goes into effect, nor to any student housing institutions of higher education.
C. Subsection A above shall not limit the power of the city to prescribe standards of lesser density or otherwise to regulate land use within the city.
Shall Section 9.1 (B) of the Charter of the City of Choctaw be amended to read as follows:
B. Subsection A above shall not apply to: a) student housing of institutions of higher education; b) dwelling unit or dwelling units existing or for which a building permit has been secured from the City prior to September, 1973; c) developments approved by the City Council in the following described area: North Boundary N.E. 36th Street, South Boundary N.E. 23rd Street, West Boundary N. Henney Road, and East Boundary N. Choctaw Road.
This amendment allows for the City Council to consider and approve developments in this area, and this area only, to exceed the maximum of 8 units per acre. The change is in line with the Comprehensive Master Plan, focusing density of dwellings in a defined area with potential to provide more diverse housing options for citizens of Choctaw while still maintaining the rural home-town feel. The ultimate vision of Council is to create an environment conducive to growth opportunity for local small businesses and to provide options for the citizens of Choctaw to stay and shop in Choctaw, such as mixed-use building concepts as described in the Downtown Choctaw Conceptual Master Plan. As you can see in the Downtown Plan, the type of housing and density will be different than what is seen in the rest of Choctaw City limits.
This Charter amendment only applies to the one square mile bound by N.E. 36th Street to the North; N.E. 23rd Street to the South; N. Choctaw Road to the East, and N Henney Road to the West.
Great question, and Council struggled with the same thoughts. Our city charter limits residential density to 8 units per acre. The Charter, over the years, has driven the rural development nature in Choctaw—very spread-out, limited variety of housing, and less dense areas of commercial land uses. With the adoption of the Comprehensive Master Plan 2 years ago and the adoption of the Downtown Master plan after that, Citizens and Council contemplated the impact of housing/small business options in Choctaw due to the 8 units per acre limit. There is still a desire to keep Choctaw rural, but with the awareness now that some focused density is necessary to accommodate a more diverse housing need, to develop stay and play venues, and to accommodate local small business. Council focused on the proposed 1 square mile area because the Comprehensive Master Plan calls out the downtown area as the intended area of density in Choctaw.
The charter amendment does not affect your property, unless an application is filed with the City for change of zoning or a specific use permit to allow for multi-family dwelling units or a mixed-used development with residential uses in excess of 8 units per acre.
The change of zoning and/or specific use permit process will not change. The City will still publish in the local newspaper and send out notifications as required by the Oklahoma State Statutes. Additionally, the subject property (or properties) will have a Public Hearing Notice posted on it.
These notifications will provide information on the date and time of the Public Hearing.
The public is encouraged to attend the Public Hearing. Everyone in attendance is given a chance to speak. Letters of support or protest can be filed with the City Clerk ahead of the Public Hearing as well.