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Code Compliance

Codes regulate development and some uses of private property, including home businesses, vehicle storage, recreational vehicle storage and more.

Our Community Development Code (CDC) and Building Code exist to protect the health, safety and well-being of those who live and work in unincorporated Washington County.


Property owners who violate codes may face hearings before a hearings officer, monetary penalties and/or property liens. We respond to potential code violations based on priorities:

  • Priority 1 violations - Impact environmental/natural resources, pose significant health and/or safety issues or involve structures under construction that don’t meet code standards.
  • Priority 2 violations - Disturb community livability or pose a lower health/safety risk.
  • Priority 3 violations - Do not involve safety issues.
  • Priority 4 violations - Do not pose harm; no life/safety issues.


We investigate complaints only if a completed form is submitted using the :

Pictures are helpful. To submit complaints anonymously, use the Land Use and Building Code Complaint Form.


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