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August 17, 2013

Dwelling occupancy limited to three unrelated persons per household

NORMAN — Over the past couple of years, complaints about over-occupancy in single family dwellings have risen steadily, according to city leadership. While there is no household limit on family members related by blood, marriage or adoption, Norman zoning ordinances does limit unrelated persons per household in single-family residences.

The ordinance dictates that not more than three unrelated persons can be together and sharing common areas like the kitchen and living areas in any single-family home. This includes apartments, condominiums and townhomes.

This restriction has been part of the zoning ordinance since 1954, and over the years, Norman has explored various avenues of enforcement to protect residents from the issues that arise when multiple unrelated persons live in single-family homes.

Complaints generally revolve around traffic, noise and parking.

Those who know of a single-family dwelling in their neighborhood that has more than three unrelated people residing in it can report the violation to the Norman Revitalization Division at 366-5332. 

The city asks that residents not call the Norman Police Department unless there is a complaint regarding noise or other disturbance. Upon receipt of a complaint, staff will begin an investigation and a Code Compliance Inspector will be assigned to process the complaint. 

The owner or property manager of the property in question will be contacted as well as the identifiable tenants of the property. If the investigation produces probable cause to suspect the property is in violation of the zoning restriction, the Code Compliance Inspector will give notice to all tenants, the landlord, the property manager and the owner, setting forth a specific time frame in which voluntary compliance with the restriction may be achieved. 

Correcting the situation within the given time frame will result in no citation being issued. If a citation is issued, correcting the situation will not relieve any of the parties of the potential fine — up to $500 per day in violation.

Additional information on enforcement, frequently asked questions and an Occupancy Investigation Form and Occupancy Vehicle Log Form are available on the city web site at normanok.gov/planning/three-unrelated-persons-ordinance.  Click on complaint forms. The vehicle log is on the second page. 

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