|The Code Enforcement Division of the Community
and Economic Development Department enforces
regulations within the City of Anacortes Municipal
Code, generally through a complaint generated system.
The Code Enforcement Inspector investigates complaints, educates citizens and works to resolve issues and achieve code compliance. If a violation occurs, the inspector will try to resolve it first through education, voluntary compliance and/or negotiation. If this proves unproductive, formal civil enforcement proceedings may begin.
Typical Code Enforcement Issues:
- Substandard Buildings (AMC 18.14.060)
- Yard overgrown with weeds or grass (AMC Chapter 18.14)
- Junk vehicles on lot (AMC Chapter 18.14)
- Garbage, debris or applicants on private property (Chapter 18.14)
- Commercial activities in a residential zone (AMC Chapter 17.04)
- Signs not in compliance with codes (AMC Chapter 17.40)
Nuisance Abatement Ordiance Chapter 18.14 for further code requirements.
How to file a complaint:
It is the City's policy to conduct complaint investigations upon receipt of a written complaint. This can be done by submitting a complaint form to the Building Department. The form is available online Code Enforcement Complaint Form or by coming into the Building Department at 904 6th Street.
Once a complaint has been made it is logged with a case number and your request will be investigated as soon as possible by the code enforcement officer and prioritized by seriousness of the complaint. Life-Safety issues take priority over nuisance complaints. All complaints are investigated to see if a violation of State, County or City Ordinances are violated.
What types of complaints does the code enforcement officer investigate?
1. Substandard or dangerous buildings;
2. Public nuisances such as trash, debris, inoperable & unlicensed on private property.
3. Zoning and land use violation;
4. Public Health hazards:
5. Tall weeds & grass;
6. Illegal buildings/structures;
7. Illegal businesses (wrong zoning, no license)
8. Illegal Signs:
9. Obstructions (visual):
10. Noise (construction)
How does a complaint get processed?
If an ordinance or regulation is being violated, the Code Enforcement Officer will first send a Courtesy letter or a Correction Notice to the owner of the property and/or the tenant. The letter requests that the violation(s) be corrected within a certain amount of time (depending on seriousness).
1. If the violation(s) were not corrected within the designated time frame, the Code Enforcement Officer would then send a Notice of Violation, via certified mail, indicating the violation(s) are to be corrected within a certain amount of time, along with outlines of the penalties for the violation and a date would be set for the Anacortes Improvement Board to hear the violation.
2. In addition, the city may get an Abatement Order requiring the violation to be corrected and a substandard lien may be placed on the property.