What is a code violation?

Many activities require approval, review or permits from the Land Use Planning or Right-of-Way Permits offices. When these steps are not taken, a code violation may occur.

County land use and right-of-way codes cover a range of activities. They may protect wildlife, environmental areas, scenic views, wetlands, floodplains and more.

A few examples of activities that require permits or approval include:

  • Grading, excavation or fill, especially near rivers or wetlands

  • New construction of a house or other building

  • Additions to an existing house

  • Posting signs in the public right-of-way

  • Work within the public right-of-way

To learn more about our land use codes, you may contact the Land Use Planning office.

To learn more about our right-of-way codes, you may contact the Right-of-Way Permits office.

How is a violation resolved?

Our process focuses on working with the property owner. We start with education and voluntary compliance.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, we will begin the formal enforcement process. If the property owner still doesn’t comply, we may issue a Notice of Violation and impose a fine.

The Notice of Violation and the fine may be appealed. A fine that is not successfully appealed and goes unpaid may result in a lien filed against the property.

Review the full process:

In what order are violations addressed?

Because our resources are limited, we address the most serious complaints first. We may not address a complaint in the order it was received.

The three priorities are:

  • Violations affecting the environment or creating irreparable environmental damage.

  • Violations that present an imminent threat to public health and safety, including right-of-way related complaints/violations.

  • Property owner request to resolve a complaint case or existing violation case.