Resident Responsibilities


The Olivette Public Works Department is very small in comparison to the service area of the Olivette Community. We rely on the our partnership with the public to provide the best service possible to all residents. Please follow the resident responsibility guidelines, to do your part in keeping Olivette beautiful.

Planting in the Right of Way 


Generally, when you plant trees, shrubs, and hedges you must stay within your property; however, some special planting of trees is authorized by permit in the public right-of-way, which usually includes the tree lawn, an area between the street and sidewalk. Learn more about ROW responsibilities.

Swimming Pool Maintenance Guidelines


It's important to know the acceptable procedures for emptying a pool to prevent polluting local streams and aquatic life. Learn more.

Snow Removal from Sidewalks

Snowy Sidewalk

The removal of snow from sidewalks and driveways is the responsibility of the property owner. Learn how soon you should shovel after a snowfall, where to shovel, and the areas which residents are responsible for clearing versus areas the city will provide snow removal for. Learn more.



Unsightly appearance plus the health and welfare of others are concerns in connection with weeds. All weeds and noxious growths on any residence, lot or parking lot shall be destroyed or cut by the owner or persons in possession of the lot before the same (weeds) shall have grown to the height of 10 inches. If you do not remove the weeds yourself, the City is empowered to do so and assess you for the cost of the removal.  Learn more about invasive plants in Missouri.

Landscape planting in Olivette is covered in Chapter 445 Urban Agriculture of the City Code.

Prevent Pollution to Our Waterways


Pets and Pet Waste

Preventing runoff from pet waste from entering our streets and storm drains helps protect our waterways from pollution!  All sources of pollution, including runoff from pet waste, are prohibited from  leaving your property; only rainwater is allowed in the streets and  storm drains. 

Did you know…

Pet waste contains high concentrations of bacteria. These pollutants can be easily washed untreated into our storm drains and waterways where they may degrade our water quality and harm aquatic life.

As pet waste decomposes, it demands a high level of oxygen from water. This can kill fish and plant life by reducing the amount oxygen available to them.