Amended Illegal Dumping Ordinance Going into Effect September 3rd

Wichita Falls, Texas- Resident or visitors who illegally dump trash on other resident’s property or near a dumpster they are not authorized to use will face very stiff fines from the City of Wichita Falls beginning Thursday, September 3rd.

The Wichita Falls City Council on August 4th amended the current dumping ordinance to allow for a significant increase in the fines levied for illegal dumping. Fines can now reach up to $4,000. Violations will be processed by the City’s Code Enforcement Division.

If an offense is found Code Enforcement Officers can issue a ticket with a fine of up to $4000 per offense.

The amendment is found in Section 94-9, of the city ordinance, “Illegal dumping of refuse” (the ordinance will reflect this new title beginning September 3rd). The amended ordinance will read “No person shall deposit, place or dump or cause to be deposited, placed or dumped refuse at a place that is not an approved solid waste receptacle including on a public street, alley, right-of-way, other public property or private property, or into an inland water of the State within the corporate city limits.”

The City Council amended the ordinance to address the growing problem of illegal dumping in the city. Residents can help by photographing possible violators, the vehicle they used for the illegal dumping and the license plate number. Residents should never confront someone they witness illegally dumping material. If photos are gathered the evidence can be submitted to the Municipal Court by filling out an “Outside Complaint Form”.

If someone sees illegal dumping in progress please contact the Code Enforcement Office at (940) 761-8841, during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During off hours and weekends call the non-emergency number for Wichita Falls Police Department, (940) 720-5000.