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Call the Odessa Police Dispatch at 911
During Business Hours: 432-335-5744 (the non-emergency number)
After Business Hours: you can contact Odessa Police Dept 432-333-3641 opt 8 (non-emergency number)
Codes and Ordinances
According to Article 2-3 Dogs and Cats (Section 2-3-1 Maximum Number), "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess, or maintain dogs and/or cats in a total number exceeding 4 per premises," i.e. 2 dogs 2 cats, 1 cat 3 dogs, etc.
According to Article 2-3 Dogs and Cats (Section 2-3-3), "The owner of each dog or cat four months of age or older shall obtain an annual vaccination-license certificate."
Contact 432-335-5744 (non-emergency number), and an officer will gladly come out and assist/inform you.
If you live in Ector County, you need to contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office at 432-335-3050.
Yes, you can, but we would rather you include your name and phone number so we may contact you if more information is needed. We never divulge your information.
If you choose to adopt an animal that has been picked up as a stray, you may go to the Animal Control Shelter located at 910 W. 42nd Street and ask the staff for further information concerning adoptions or call 432-368-3527 to inquire.
Come and experience a great time while you learn about the daily operations of Odessa Fire Rescue. Classes are Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (may occasionally run over if the topic has more hands-on volunteers) Everyone will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience and will get to go on ride-outs with OFR personnel on actual emergency calls.
Applications will begin in July of 2024 with a maximum class capacity of 20 participants.
Must be 18 years or older and pass a background check through the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Due to the broad range of services Odessa Fire Rescue (OFR) provides to the community, the CFA will consist of a wide variety of opportunities for participation. Some of these opportunities may be physically and emotionally demanding. Each participant will have the opportunity to have some hands-on experience, as well as acquire an overall general knowledge of the fire service and its function in our community.
Participation in exercises is optional. Some of the hands-on experience may include wearing firefighter protective gear. Some participants will be invited to wear a fully encapsulated Level "A" suit, used in hazardous materials incidents. The participants will also use portable fire extinguishers. Each applicant should know their limitations, and communicate those limitations promptly and clearly.
The participants will be permitted to ride along on a fire engine at various fire stations, giving them a fuller perspective of the life of a Firefighter both in the station and on emergency runs.
All participants will receive a general overview of OFR services to the community. They will learn how OFR responds to both emergency medical services (EMS) and fire emergencies. They will learn the purpose of technical rescue and hazardous materials response. They will also receive an overview of how 911 systems operate and how the Fire Marshal's Office functions in fire prevention, investigation, and public education.
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in activities that include training in the smokehouse. This facility allows firefighters to practice various techniques in a smoke-filled structure.
Non-profit organizations located within and/or serving residents of Odessa are eligible to apply for CDBG funds. For previous subrecipients to be considered for CDBG funding, the organization must be in good standing with the City and HUD and must be up to date on all required reporting.
All CDBG assisted activities must be eligible as specifically defined in 24 CFR 570, and must meet the National Objective to provide benefit to Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) Persons.
Applicants applying for CDBG funds to the City must propose an eligible activity that meets the National Objective AND meets one of the following goals or priorities as outlined in the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
Public Facilities and Improvements
Community Development & Infrastructure
Completed applications must be received by 4:00 PM on the First Monday of May.
Instead of clubs, balls, and a hole in the ground, disc golf enthusiasts use discs and baskets (pole holes). Disc golf shares similar joys of combining power and finesse on a long drive or sinking a long putt, or the frustrations of hitting a tree or having a putt fall just short.
Disc golf is very unique in that it is enjoyed by all ability levels and by those of school age or older. If you can throw a frisbee, you can play disc golf! Many disc golf players are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association, the governing body for the sport, which sanctions competitive events for all skill levels and ages, and provides many player services such as maintaining a course directory and establishing rules of play.
Work may begin after the application has been submitted and approved by Downtown Odessa; however, application submission does not guarantee the grant approval. Grant approval can take up to 8 weeks or more. Reimbursement of the grant is not issued until project is completed at 100%.
The approval process can be rather lengthy. Here is the process:
Depending on the date the application is submitted to the DOI offices, it can take up to 8 weeks. If there are any concerns from any of the aforementioned groups, the process will take longer.
Presents is required at City Council meetings for final approval. Attending ODC meetings is highly recommended.
Once you have submitted all invoices and proof of payment to the Downtown Odessa, Inc. (DOI) offices, the information is compiled and sent for a review for compliance with all contract terms. The information is reviewed (check that all necessary permits were applied for and executed, a final inspection was conducted, the final work represents the proposed work, the grant amount requested versus the amount actually spent is correct, etc.), compared to the contract executed with the applicant, and then, upon completion of the review, sent to the City Manager's Office for approval, then onto the City’s Finance Department, who will issue the reimbursement check. This process may take up to 4 weeks.
Infrastructure Grants are reimbursed on a 50/50 basis meaning the grant can be reimbursed at 50% with the applicant investing 50% of their own funds in the project. The amount of the grant is dependent on the tiered system, but in no event will be more than $200,000.
Façade Grants are reimbursed on an 80/20 basis meaning the grant can be reimbursed at 80% with the applicant investing 20% of their own funds in the project. The amount of the grant is dependent on the tiered system, but in no event will be more than $25,000.
Yes. The project must be completed within one year of the approval date.
Yes, the lessee may apply for a grant(s). However, grant(s) are only allowed once per property. Meaning that if a façade grant is approved not future grants are allowed in case of new owner or business setting up at location.
No. During normal business hours, there are always court clerks on duty to assist you.
Look at the top of the citation, and it will say, "Municipal Court, City of Odessa."
You can call the court during our business hours to inquire about your tickets and fines.
No, the court will check its case information system, in an attempt to identify all of your cases. However, to prevent a case follow-up action including the issuance of a warrant, give the clerk all the information required to identify all your cases. Such information would include a valid identification, previous surnames, any other dates of birth used, etc. The court handles each offense that you have been charged with individually. If you were charged with more than one violation, the law requires you to respond to each one individually.
Yes a permit is required to install a photovoltaic system inside City Limits of Odessa. A permit is not required when located in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). If you are not sure the property is located outside City Limits please call the Building Inspection Department at 432-335-3214 or send an email to Building Inspection.
The city of Odessa has adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), 2018 International Building Code (IBC). When installing a PV system on residential, it shall comply with the 2017 NEC and 2018 IRC. When installing a PV system on a commercial building, it shall comply with the 2017 NEC and 2018 IBC.
You will need to submit 2 sets of paper plans and all required documents or you may email a digital set in PDF format to Building Inspection.
Required documents to submit for review:
Electrical information to be shown on plans:
At this time there are no zoning restrictions on solar panels however when installing in a private subdivision or in an area where a homeowners association (HOA) is active you will need to inquire with the HOA.
All code requirements must be met including fire setbacks.
At this time we are not requiring structural or electrical engineered plans however this is subject to change in the near future. Also anytime upon inspection an inspector may ask for a letter from a Texas Structural Engineer with his stamp verifying that the existing roof structure is adequate for the increased loads from the installed array(s).
You may purchase Accidents Reports online for $6, available 24 hours a day, or in person for a fee of $4 at the Records Unit of the Odessa Police Department. We cannot accept mail requests for accident reports.
Offense/Incident Reports can be obtained in person from the Odessa Police Department Records Unit. Cash or money order only. Personal checks are not accepted.
Records are available during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Central Standard Time (CST) (excluding holidays). The Records Unit is part of the Odessa Police Department, located at:205 N Grant AvenueOdessa, TX 79761
You may access the Ector County Jail Records Inquiry website to view inmates in jail and recent arrests.
The method for getting a person released from jail varies depending on the offense(s) charged against the arrested person. You may contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office at 432-335-3060 to obtain more information on release methods.
For more information on registering residential and business alarms, and to access the online registration portal, visit the Alarm Registration/Renewal page.
Fingerprinting services are available through IdentoGo, or at the Odessa Police Department. For more information on Police Department fingerprinting services, visit the Records Unit page.
As servants to the public we strive to provide our citizens with outstanding services. Please feel free to let us know how well our employees are providing you with outstanding service by completing our Commendation Form.
Complaints may be filed by contacting the Odessa Police Department Front Desk, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, by phone at 432-335-4961 or in person at:205 N Grant AvenueOdessa, TX 79761
Outside of the provided hours, you may contact the on-duty Watch Commander by phone at 432-333-3641.
Upon request, officers may be available to work off-duty employment. To request an off-duty officer you must contact the Bureau of Field Operations Secretary, Ms. Gilda Jimenez, at 432-335-3343, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
The following information is required:
Race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of an individual shall not be a factor in determining the existence of probable cause to take into custody or to arrest an individual or in constituting a reasonable and articulable suspicion that an offense has been or is being committed so as to justify the determination of an individual or the investigatory stop of a motor vehicle or pedestrian.
The City of Odessa is divided into sectors numbered 1 through 4. To view maps of the sectors and determine what beat or sector you are in, visit the Sector Map and Boundaries page.
It is the policy of the Odessa Police Department that accidents involving only minor damage to property and no injuries requiring transport will not be investigated and no report will be taken.
Visit the Submit a Crime Tip page to learn more about your options for reporting crime tips.
In order to adopt an animal you must present a valid Driver’s License and a current utility bill: either water, gas or electric. The address on the Driver’s License must match the address on the utility bill.
Animals must have their rabies shots within 48 hours of adoption and be spayed or neutered within a given time frame.
For more information visit the Odessa Police Department Animal Shelter page.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If it is a non-emergency incident, call the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641.
Public records of sex offenders are hosted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). To search sex offender records, visit the DPS Sex Offender website.
Crimes covered by Crime Victims Compensation are those in which the victim suffers substantial threat of physical or emotional harm or death. These may include:
Vehicular crimes that are covered include:
In order to qualify for Crime Victims Compensation the following items must occur:
Crime Victims Compensation may be available to pay the amount of expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred for:
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If it is a non-emergency call 432-333-3641.
No, if the crime took place outside the Odessa City limits please call the local Police Department or County Sheriff’s Office where the crime occurred.
If the accident took place on a state highway outside the Odessa City limits please call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 432-332-6100.
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We can tell you the source of the Funds. Many of the names listed on the City’s Unclaimed Funds List resulted from checks being undeliverable by the U.S. Post Office. For example, the City is often unable to deliver utility deposit refunds to former account holders by mail because they move without leaving a forwarding address.
We do not require you to send us your Social Security Number, however it may be the only way we can positively match your name to a previous water and sewer account. To the extent provided by law, all claim information will be kept confidential.
There is no charge to make or receive an Unclaimed Funds claim.
If questions arise while processing your claim, a Finance Office employee will contact you by phone or U.S. postal mail.
If you have any questions about Unclaimed Funds held by the City, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or call us at 432-335-3278.
The Billing and Collections Department provides service for water, sewer and reuse. They are located at 411 W 8th Street and can be reached at (432) 335-3204.
The Water Distribution Division oversees issues pertaining to water leaks and sewer backups. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Water Distribution Division at (432) 368-3561. The Water Distribution Division will send someone out to check the issue and determine if it is an issue the City handles or if it is the responsibility of the homeowner per City ordinances.
You may have low water pressure due to a cut off at meter not being completely open, a faulty water meter, a possible crimp in the service line, a water leak in your area, isolated water valves on main water supply (not open), or restricted water supply through your water softener due to a clog. You can check with neighbors to see if this is an isolated issue to your property or neighborhood wide. If you are experiencing low water pressure, please call the Water Distribution Division at (432) 368-3561.
Contractors notify the City’s Engineering Division when conducting work in the City’s right-of-way (alleys and streets). For information regarding who is doing work in your area you can contact the Engineering Division at (432) 335-3242.
Water coming out of a meter box could be a sign of a possible leak. If you have water coming out of your meter box, please contact the Water Distribution Division at (432) 368-3561.
You may have discolored water coming from your faucet due to excessive iron or manganese coming from the main water supply line, possible water repairs or water valve maintenance in your area. If you have discolored water coming from your faucet(s) please contact the Water Distribution Division at (432) 368-3561.
When a plumber references the “City Side” of a sewer line they are referring to the portion of the sewer line that goes from the property line to the City main supply line located in the City’s right-of-way (alley or street).
In accordance with Section 3-3-32 of the City Code of Ordinances, as a homeowner you are responsible for maintaining all sewer facilities from the City main to the point of use. This includes all facilities that lie in the public right of way and utility easement. However, property owners are not allowed to perform plumbing work past the property line in the City’s right-of-way, only an approved contractor can perform said plumbing work. Please contact the Billing and Collection Department at (432) 335-3204 for information on how to get these repairs done.