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Violations handled by Permitting Department Code Enforcement

Types of violations in unincorporated King County handled by Permitting Department Code Enforcement include, but are not limited to:

  • construction without a permit
  • substandard housing
  • illegally placed mobile homes or factory-assembled structures
  • open wells and other hazardous conditions
  • dangerous or open-to-entry buildings
  • clearing or grading without permits
  • irresponsible or hazardous development
  • operation of an illegal business
  • accumulation of junk and debris
  • storage of junk cars
  • zoning code infractions
  • livestock infractions
To report a potential violation, see code enforcement complaints.

Nuisance complaints are the most frequent type of case handled by Code Enforcement, comprising about 50 to 60% of all the complaints received. Nuisance complaints involve properties with an accumulation of rubbish or junk including, but not limited to, refuse, garbage, scrap metal, lumber, concrete, asphalt, piles of earth, tires, etc. These properties may also include abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicles or vehicle engines.

Most cases are resolved through direct negotiations with the property owner. Officers always first try to get voluntary compliance. For more information, see complaint process at the Permitting Department, e-mail WebComplaints.CodeEnforcement@kingcounty.gov, or call the Permitting Department Code Enforcement at 206-296-6680.

Violations handled by other agencies

Please note that Permitting Department Code Enforcement is NOT able to help with the following types of complaints in unincorporated King County, which require contacting the agency listed instead.

Contact the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division

Refer to www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/stormwater/problem-investigation-line.aspx or call 206-296-1900.

Contact the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division

Refer to http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/cleanup/report-dumping.asp or call 206-296-SITE (7483) or toll-free 866-431-7483.

Contact the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division

Refer to www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animals-and-plants/noxious-weeds/infestations-form.aspx, call 206-296-0290, or e-mail noxious.weeds@kingcounty.gov.

Contact Regional Animal Services of King County

Refer to http://kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services/animal-control-response.aspx or call 206-296-PETS (7387), extension 24.

Contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Refer to pscleanair.org (external link) or call 206-343-8800, extension 6, or 800-552-3565, extension 6.