Inspections & Public Service
Improving the quality of life in Houston neighborhoods
The Department of Neighborhoods Inspections & Public Service (IPS) aims to defend and improve the quality of life of Houston neighborhoods through the active enforcement of city ordinances and the reduction of blight and substandard living conditions.
- Open and vacant buildings
- Nuisances on private property
- Junk motor vehicles
- Weeded lots
Mayor Parker's "Make Safe Saturday" Targets Blight
Make Safe Saturday quarterly neighborhood cleanups target properties with
city code violations. View the Press Release.
IPS CLEAN NEIGHBORHOODS CAMPAIGN 2014
Year-Round Projects Target Blighted Neighborhoods
The Clean Neighborhoods Campaign is a year-round effort that aims to reduce blight and substandard living and enhance the aesthetic appeal of targeted neighborhoods. The campaign is sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods Inspections & Public Service division in partnership with other City departments, City Council offices, Keep Houston Beautiful and civic associations.
Cleanup and beautification projects are carried out with the help of volunteers. The projects benefit neighborhoods in greatest need throughout the city. A primary objective of the campaign is to raise public awareness of the City’s blight ordinances and promote compliance as a way of making neighborhoods safer, cleaner and more livable.
Residents are encouraged to participate in neighborhood enhancement activities in their own communities. The ultimate goal is to nurture neighborhood pride and generate a spirit of community service among residents, reinforced by efforts that bring visible improvements to our neighborhoods.
Make a difference – Volunteer!
Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup activities. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Houston Inspections & Public Service (IPS)
Department of Neighborhoods
Houston, TX 77054
Phone Number 832.394.0600
Mayor's Mown-Down Program
The Department of Neighborhoods announces the Mayor’s Mow-Down, a new initiative designed to address the problem of overgrown lots by encouraging civic groups and nonprofit organizations to make a commitment to maintaining abandoned properties in their own neighborhoods.
By maintaining vacant lots in their own vicinities, community groups can help promote neighborhood pride and citizen involvement in addressing public safety concerns often associated with overgrown lots. Such efforts not only help enhance the neighborhood setting but also protect the value of properties in the area.
The forms below are in .pdf (revised January 2014):
How to Report a Violation
To report a junk motor vehicle, weeded lot, open and vacant building, graffiti or other nuisances on private property; citizens are encouraged to call the city’s service helpline at 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 or online at www.houston311.org.
Additionally, citizens can contact their council member or a representative in the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office (MCAO) for assistance with reporting blight and substandard conditions in their neighborhood.
Once a service request has been generated, citizens can follow-up or check the status by contacting IPS directly at 832.394.0600.