Welcome to Island County Code Compliance. This office accepts complaints, performs in-house research and on-site investigation, contacts property owners, collects evidence and in the event of a violation, can undertake a number of enforcement responses.  Public involvement is important in assuring properties are developed and maintained according to law.  Your input and participation is welcome - Code Compliance does address community groups with presentations on land use and permitting guidance to prevent code violations before they begin.

The code compliance program operates on a formal complaint basis. Formal Complaint Investigation Forms can be obtained at our Annex locations in Coupeville and on Camano Island or by clicking on the link below.

In most cases, when code violation is verified a letter is sent to the property owner or responsible party explaining the infraction and requesting voluntary compliance.  When our attempt to gain voluntary code compliance fails, or in cases of more severe violations (e.g. threats to public health) an Administrative Enforcement Order may issued. 


PROTECT YOURSELF! BE IN THE KNOW

Follow these links to increase your knowledge and become and informed property owner and consumer.  Avoid common code violations and prevent contractor fraud. 

 

Island County Permitting 101

Island County Permitting for Shoreline 201

 

Protect My Home
http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Contractors/ContractorFraud/ProtectHome.asp


Some common code enforcement complaints, the responsible department, and the contact information are listed below:

Building Permit Requirements

Building Division

360-679-7339

Decks and Fences

Building Division

360-679-7339

Garbage, trash, and Sanitation

Environmental Health

360-678-7913

Septic Issues

Environmental Health

360-678-7914

Outdoor Storage of Junk or Junk Vehicles

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

RV Parking and Occupancy

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

Dangerous Buildings

Building Division

360-678-7308

Signs and Lighting Ordinance

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

Home Businesses

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

Zoning or Land Use Issues

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

Critical Area Violation – Wetlands, Shorelines, Steep Slopes

Code Compliance

360-678-7809

Drainage Issues

Public Works

360-678-7813 or 7812

Abandoned Vehicle or Public Right of Way Obstruction

Public Works

360-678-7960

Endangered Species Act Violations

Code Compliance

360-678-7809


Mediation can be a good alternative
when conflicts with neighbors arise over code violations.

What is mediation?  Mediation is a voluntary process in which people in dispute meet with a neutral third party who guides them through a structured and confidential negotiation.

Why choose mediation?  It works.  People who mediate reach agreement about 70 percent of the time.  You have the opportunity to explain your perspective to the other party, and it can preserve good relations while finding a 'middle ground' solution.  It is also much quicker, cheaper, and less stressful than the legal system.

Code Compliance does not address issues such as property line disputes, landscaping, or daytime noise.  Even if a code violation exists, you may want to try to resolve a neighborhood conflict through mediation before requesting County assistance.  A code compliance request can be anonymous, but your neighbor may suspect you and view it as a hostile act.  Mediation gives you an opportunity to make sure your concerns are addressed while maintaining good neighborly relations. 

Neighborhoods can get together and elect a neighborhood mediator, Homeowner Associations can seek training in conflict resolution, or individuals can seek assistance for solving their problem.  Volunteers of America provide free low cost mediation services and training to Island County Residents.  Contact them for more information at 800-280-4770 or www.voaww.org/drc.


To request an investigation print, fill in, and mail this form to us:

All forms must be complete and ssgned to be reviewed.  Due to security concerns, requests sent via e-mail will not be considered.

COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION REQUEST FORM (136KB)

NOTE: Pursuant to RCW 42.56.240(2), certain personal records may be considered exempt from public disclosure requests. You may request to have your personal information, including name and address remain anonymous if you believe that disclosure of such information may endanger your life, physical safety or property. Such information will not be provided to anyone outside of County employment and is kept in a secured location. Your formal complaint will be assigned an investigation number and immediately logged into our database. Enforcement staff will review the complaint and make a priority determination. Staff will contact you either by phone (if possible) or in writing to notify you of the status of your request. Response times are based on the severity of the violation and current caseload of staff.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Planning & Community Development
Re: Code Enforcement
PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

Telephone: 360-679-7339
Fax: 360-679-7306