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All parties wishing to burn vegetation must contact the fire department and provide a phone number and address. You must also call back the day at 228-875-4063 you intend to burn to confirm that the weather is permitting. You can only burn during the daytime and must have a hose that is close enough to extinguish the fire. The fire can be no larger than 4’ by 4’. The burning of petroleum-based products is not permitted. Please also be advised that if another party calls to complain, the fire department will be dispatched, and you will be asked to extinguish your fire.
Please contact the Water Department and make arrangements for paying the $100 deposit for the meter. They will refer you to the fire department where you can bring your receipt to 3820 Bienville Blvd for scheduling. The actual charge is based on usage/gallon. If any funds are due back for overage, the water department will issue a refund check.
Complete the fire report release form. Once completed send an Email.
The rating is on a 10-point scale, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. The City of Ocean Springs has received a rating of 5. Please visit MS Rating Bureau Website for further explanation on how this affects your rates. This rating is evaluated every 5 years.
No, we do not currently check them. However, you can find a commercial extinguisher company by checking online or in the phone book.
An annual inspection by a commercial fire extinguisher company is required.
Sometimes because of construction or the use of fire hydrants near your residence or business, you might find that your water becomes discolored. This is caused by deposits that have accumulated inside the water pipe walls. This can appear unpleasant, however, it is temporary, and it is not harmful. If you are experiencing this issue, turn the faucet on and let the water run until the water appears clear. If the problem continues or doesn’t resolve, please contact the City of Ocean Springs Public Works Department at 228-875-3955.
Due to the changing regulations and design of seats, we are unable to guarantee your child’s safety so we do not currently take appointments or “walk-ins” for installations or for inspections of child safety seats.
The National Fire Protection Agency suggests that you should check the battery in your detectors on a monthly basis and change them as needed. In addition, it is suggested that the best practice would be to change the battery when the time changes. The best option is to find specific data on your make and model of the detector as some have a long-lasting battery that may not need to be replaced as frequently.
Although it is best to check the manufacturer’s handbook, a common practice is to change out the alarms every ten years, if applicable.
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are two organizations that offer local assistance in our area.
No golf carts are not allowed to be driven on HWY 90 but can cross at 3 intersections: Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue/Vermont Avenue, Holcomb Boulevard, and Guilford Road. These intersections are marked on our map.
Yes. Children can ride on a golf cart. They need to be properly strapped in a 5-point harness car seat just like in a vehicle.
Yes. You can be charged with DUI on a golf cart. While driving the cart, you are required to follow all the traffic laws just as if you were in a regular vehicle.
No. You cannot register an utv. The city only allows “golf carts” to be registered. Honda Pioneer, Polaris RZR, can am Maverick, arctic cat, big horn, bobcat, john deer gator, Kawasaki Mule, and Yamaha Rhino are not allowed to be registered.
The fee to register a golf cart is $20 a year. This yearly registration expires on January 1st and will need to be renewed yearly if you plan to drive this on the city roads.
No. Children are not allowed to drive golf carts on city streets. You must have a valid driver’s license/driver's permit to operate golf carts on public property.
As of right now, the only way for you to drive your golf cart downtown is to trailer it to the downtown area.
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We are located at3810 Bienville BoulevardOcean SpringsMS, 39564.
Appear in court on your court date and enter a plea of not guilty. At this time you will be given a trial date. Please be aware that if you fail to appear for your court date, you may be tried in your absence, and/or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
No, you cannot speak with the Judge/Prosecutor about your case before your court date.
Yes; certain criteria must be met to qualify for the class.Juvenile Driving Class is available to those who are under the age of 21 and who have not had a ticket in the three years. You must have a valid Mississippi driver's license. You must bring your parent or guardian with you to court. A list of schools that have been approved by the judge will be provided to you at the time of the court. It is your responsibility to bring proof that you have completed the class in person within the 90-day time frame allotted with proof that you are a full-time student. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for the full fine normally associated with the ticket.Adult Driving Class is available to those who are over the age of 21. The stipulations that qualify you for this class are that you must pay the price of the ticket in full and an additional fee of $10.00 to the State of Mississippi. To qualify for the class, you must have a valid Mississippi driver's license, not possess a CDL, or not have had a ticket of any kind in the last 3 years. A list of schools that have been approved by the judge will be provided to you at the time of the court. It is your responsibility to bring proof that you have completed the class in person or online within the 90-day time frame allotted.
Here is a partial list of fines.NOTE: Subject to change. If your infraction is not listed here, please call the Municipal Court at 228-875-5009 during the listed office hours.
Cash; Cashier Check or Money Order made payable to the City of Ocean Springs; major Credit or Debit card with an additional 3% fee
You should call 911 only in an emergency when immediate police, fire, and/or medical assistance is needed. For example: to report a crime in progress, a crash with injury, or a life-threatening situation. Otherwise, use the non-emergency number 228-875-2211.
We are located at 3810 Bienville Boulevard in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, between the Ocean Springs Fire Department and the Ocean Springs Civic Center.
The Ocean Springs Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: call 911 for emergencies and 228-875-2211 for non-emergencies.
The Records Office and the front entrance to our building are open only from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding city holidays).
The back entrance to our building is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a Dispatch call button on the wall in the back lobby in case a phone is not available.
If you have received a ticket from Ocean Springs Police Department, contact the Ocean Springs Municipal Court at 228-875-5009 to ask about cost and payment. Their hours are 8 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, and 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (excluding city holidays).
There are two ways to file a report with Ocean Springs Police Department:
NOTE: You cannot file a police report over the phone.
Call 911, and follow the instructions of the dispatcher. If it’s a minor collision with no injuries, you can call the non-emergency number at 228-875-2211.
If you see flashing lights behind you, you should pull to the right and slow down. When an officer is trying to stop you, you should pull off of the roadway when it is safe and come to a stop. If you are stopped at night, turn your interior dome light on. Limit your movements inside your vehicle until the officer approaches and requests your license and insurance information. Understand that traffic stops are inherently unpredictable in the eyes of an officer, and reaching into your glove box, purse, or pocket as the officer approaches only adds to an already tense situation.
Yes. More often than not, a Police Officer will ask the driver and passengers to remain in the car. However, a Police Officer has the authority to order the driver or passenger to exit the car. The United States Supreme Court ruled on this question in Pennsylvania v. Mimms, 434 U.S. 106 (1977) and Maryland v. Wilson, 519 U.S. 408 (1997)
A Police Officer can search a motor vehicle with your consent, or without your consent with a search warrant, or without consent or a warrant given the officer meets one of the recognized exceptions to the search warrant requirement. Among these exceptions are probable cause, plain view, incident to arrest, and inventory searches.
Yes, you may record the officer as long as it does not interfere with the officer’s duties, create a public disturbance, or create an unsafe environment for you or others, such as stepping out in traffic to accomplish the recording.
In the State of Mississippi, an operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
The State of Mississippi does not require a firearms permit or registration of any kind for a person to openly carry a firearm or to carry the firearm in the person’s vehicle. If you are stopped by an officer for a traffic violation, it would be polite to inform the officer you have a legally-possessed firearm in the car. This is especially helpful if you have to reach the area containing the firearm.
Yes, but only during certain hours, if no arrestee is being booked/fingerprinted at that time, and if appropriate personnel is available. Subject to these conditions, the Ocean Springs Police Department will do public fingerprinting (for employment, licensure, etc.) during these hours:
The cost is $15 for the first card and $5 for each additional card for the same individual. A valid photo ID is required.
The Records Office accepts only EXACT CHANGE and only CASH or MONEY ORDERS. We also do not accept any bill higher than $20. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Notice: Ocean Springs Police Department is not affiliated with Fieldprint or any other third-party scheduler or payment processor for public fingerprinting (for licensure, employment, etc). Ocean Springs Police Department receives the public fingerprinting fee only in person and at the time of service. We do not make appointments for this service.
Incident/crime reports are available to involved parties on a case-by-case basis. The first copy of an incident report is free. Submit your request for these reports in person at the OSPD Records Office. Valid photo ID is required. Under no circumstances do we give out copies of reports that involve juveniles.
Accident/crash reports are available online for a cost of $25 each through the State of Mississippi eCrash portal. They also are available at a cost of $20 each when you request in person at the OSPD Records Office. NOTE: Parking lot accidents are not on the eCrash portal; they are available only through our Records Office, and the cost is $20 each.
The Ocean Springs Police Department does not accept requests for individual criminal history checks. You may obtain your Identity History Summary (aka criminal history check) through the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems Division. Visit the FBI Website for information and instructions. If the link is broken, go to www.fbi.gov and use the search for Identity History Summary.
Residents of the City of Ocean Springs may obtain a personal OSPD background check through our Records Office at a cost of $15 each. This covers only the requesting individual’s history within the jurisdiction of the Ocean Springs Police Department. You cannot obtain a background check on someone other than yourself.NOTE: An Ocean Springs mailing address does not necessarily mean that you live within the city limits of Ocean Springs. Background checks are available only to residents within the city limits.
No. A restraining order can only be issued by a court.
Requests for copies of public records are handled by the City Clerk’s Office. Get the Public Records Request form. An hourly fee applies for time/research, and a copy fee applies per page. As allowed by law, we have 7 days to process the request.
To report a theft, call 228-875-2211.Most thefts are opportunistic. In other words, some circumstance made it easy for the theft to take place. For example, never leave valuable objects (laptop, cell phone, purse, wallet, etc.) in open view inside your parked car.
To help in case your property is stolen in the future, try to keep an inventory with serial numbers and identification markings. Place the list in a safe place or two... maybe keep a list at home and also email yourself a copy of the list. With the public’s help, we can reduce thefts, recover more stolen property, and arrest more thieves.
To speak with or leave a message for the detective/investigator assigned to your case, call the OSPD's non-emergency number 228-875-2211.
You may notify us that you’ll be gone, but the police department does not provide private security for your home, nor do we in any way guarantee the security of an individual property.
Monday through Thursday6:30 am to 3:30 pmFriday6:30 am to 2:30 pmSaturday (Dumpsters only)7 am to 3 pm
712-A Pine DriveOcean SpringsMS 39564(behind the Ryan Youth Center, formerly the National Guard Armory)
All after-hours emergency calls should be directed to the Police Department at 228-875-2211.
Dial 228-875-3955 and speak with someone in the Public Works office. Work Orders may also be submitted by completing the Work Order Request Form.
Call Water Billing at 228-875-4176. Their department is located at the first window to the right-hand side of City Hall. Their hours are Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm
The price varies according to size and availability. For more information please visit our Municipal Code to read the Ordinances for Water and Sewer here which cover these charges. Please read the Ordinances carefully as additional fees may be applicable. A formal request for fees must be made to the Public Works Department by visiting our office or calling 228-875-3955.
Waste Pro is currently handling both residential and commercial garbage pick-up services for the City of Ocean Springs. You can contact them at 228-818-5393.
See the Garbage Routes for Ocean Springs (PDF).
Please place trash curbside on the City right of way. Do not place trash on drain inlets, near fire hydrants, or transformers.
Hazardous items/materials can only be properly disposed of during the annual Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. This event is scheduled for the spring and is organized by the Jackson County Solid Waste Department.
Dead animals on City Right-of-Way are picked up by a designated employee in the Public Works office. Public Works cannot remove dead animals from private property. Call 228-875-3955 to report. Live animals may be picked up by the Animal Control office or complete the Animal Control Form online.
Dispose of used grease, after cooling, in your garbage – not in the sink. Grease is the biggest problem we have in our sewer system.
Public Works maintains City-owned lights. Please report your street light outages directly to your utility provider.
We run trash trucks through neighborhoods the day after your scheduled garbage pick-up. Please be advised that this schedule will alter due to holidays and any other unforeseen circumstances.
Sandbags may be made available to the public in the event of a declared emergency. Please contact our office at 228-875-3955 for more information.
If your location is north of the Fort Bayou Bridge (St. Martin area) on Hwy 609 (Washington Ave), you are in West Jackson County. Your water and sewer are handled by West Jackson County Utility Authority. They can be reached at 228-872-3898. Garbage and trash pick-up are handled by Jackson County Solid Waste.For more information on Garbage and Trash pick-up Visit Jackson County Mississippi Website.All other issues can be addressed by calling the West Jackson County Barn at 228-875-4545.If you are located in Gulf Park Estates or St. Andrews Area, you are in Jackson County. Gulf Park Estates water and sewer are handled by Utility Services. They can be reached at 228-872-4904. Effective February 28, 2017, St. Andrews water and sewer are handled by Jackson County Utility Authority. They can be reached at 228-762-0119. Garbage and trash pick-up are handled by Jackson County Solid Waste.All other issues can be addressed by calling Jackson County at 228-769-3378.
Urban renewal is the key to sustainable development. The purpose is to develop and redevelop various areas within the City. Urban Renewal projects are used to enhance economic development.
An urban renewal governing body is established (the Redevelopment Authority) and a plan is created to demonstrate how this tool can help improve the area. The goal of urban renewal is to support economic development and community improvements by encouraging private development, and by financing public projects.
The city’s planner identified that the following conditions present barriers to the “growth of Ocean Springs and constitute an economic and social liability to the proposed renewal areas and the City as a whole.”
Under State statute, properties must be either considered blight or slum. Ocean Springs does not have very many properties that are considered blight or slum but like many coastal cities it does have properties that have blight influences, are underdeveloped, or the property is not at their best use and beneficial to the community.
Blight, among other things, can mean being underdeveloped, underperforming, dangerous, deteriorated, or underserved. A physical space or structure that is no longer in acceptable or beneficial condition to its community.
No. The city would only acquire certain property in the Urban Renewal Area for the following purposes:
These entities can rehab, renovate, develop, and redevelop in accordance with the Urban Renewal Plan. The Urban Renewal Plan includes restrictions with respect to land uses, maximum densities, building requirements, off-street parking, and loading or unloading spaces.
The City advertised the map that included the areas. The Planning Department notifies nearby property owners of proposed zoning changes, subdivisions, and similar proposals, as required by the Unified Development Code. The urban renewal resolution did not come under any of the provisions of the Unified Development Code.
No. Mayor Holloway will not financially gain from the proposed Urban Renewal Plan.
Yes, the plan would welcome mixed-income and affordable housing.
The plan does not designate specific properties but identifies specific areas. The urban renewal plan was completed by two certified planners and an attorney who has municipal and urban renewal experience.
No, there is not reason for Alderman Blackman to recuse himself from discussing or voting. Alderman Blackman does not work for an engineering firm.
Any Aldermen who own property in there areas will recuse themselves from discussion or voting.
The proposed Urban Renewal Plan was written by the city's planner and an attorney with Urban Renewal experience.
As we look into opportunities to develop the area that currently houses Public Works, the Ryan Youth Center's building will remain or will be rebuilt.
Yes, but the properties would need to follow the entire process to be added.
The city has no plans for the Juke Joint property. The trees are protected.
The Urban Renewal Plan encourages green spaces and city ordinances currently protect our trees.
The Urban Renewal Plan can assist with addressing infrastructure and drainage within the areas.
The city is not taking or tearing down anyone's property. If the residents in this neighborhood would like to be designated a historic district, please contact the planning department to discuss the process.
The Carter-Calloway House is not on the city's list for acquisition. The plan states to maintain the historic character of the home.
There are facade grants and possible tax abatements to help improve residential homes. As opportunities become available, the city will share those resources.
No, families have been targeted for displacement. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be updating the plan to change the number from 5 to 0.
Come to the Water Department in City Hall and complete a new service application. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID and a payment of $200 which includes a $180 deposit and a $20 service fee. If you wish to have an irrigation meter, there is an additional service fee charge of $20.
Ocean Springs Water Department will take Cash, Money Orders, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. All credit cards will be charged a 3% administrative fee. If you’re unable to come to City Hall, you can mail your payment to:
When you apply for a new service, the Water Department puts in a request to have Waste Pro deliver your bins. Or you can contact Waste Pro directly, at 228-818-5393.Check this Waste Pro’s Recycling Information (PDF).
An irrigation meter measures the water used for swimming pools, gardens, lawns, washing cars, etc. Water registered on this meter does not assess a sewer charge and is billed separately.
Unfortunately not; everyone has to pay the deposit.
Payments can be made online. You can also call the Water Department to find out the amount of your bill.
The Water Department can give adjustments on the sewage portion of your bill for certain water leaks. Sink or toilet water leaks cannot be adjusted. Once you have the leak repaired, complete an adjustment form. Be sure to also bring the adjustment form and any receipts showing repair or material purchased.
The Water Department receives at least 4 electronic readings a day.
If there is something strange about your water, call the Public Works Department at 228-875-3955.
If you plan to dig, call 811. 811 will protect you and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines.
If you have an emergency, please call the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211. The Police Department will then dispatch someone from Public Works to come to your home.
If you need your water temporarily turned off, call the Ocean Springs Water Department at 228-875-4176, and they will send out a technician to turn your water off. Call the Ocean Springs Water Department to turn the water back on.