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~ Code Compliance ~


The City of Millwood has one Code Compliance Officer (CCO).  He will answer questions and investigate complaints from citizens on a wide variety of issues, including violations of nuisance, zoning, and building regulations. Depending on the nature of the complaint and the results of the investigation, the CCO will work with property owners and tenants to eliminate violations. Most of the time, a warning notice about a violation is all it takes to get property owners or tenants to fix violations. Most citizens are happy to cooperate!


Contact Information: Bill Schultz, Code Enforcement Officer

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(509) 924-0960

 

What types of issues can the Code Compliance Officers address?

 

Nuisances

Nuisances are:

  • Trash/Debris
  • Junk/Abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Vacant and unsecured structures
  • Rodents
  • Accessory structures in required yards

Zoning Code

Zoning code regulations are located in MMC Titles 17: 

  • Fence height and location
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
  • Encroachment into City Right of Way
  • Obstructions of safe vehicle line-of-sight at uncontrolled intersections
  • Violations of home occupation licensing regulations
  • Unpermitted uses

Building Code

Building code regulations are located mainly in MMC Title 15 and include the International Building Code and the International Residential Code.

  • Construction / demolition without permits
  • Fire hazards and dangerous buildings
  • Unsafe housing conditions
  • Work outside the scope of permit
  • Violating noise standards during construction

How do I report a complaint?

Code Compliance must receive requests to investigate violations in writing.  The City has a required form that is to be completed and signed.  You will have the option of requesting that you remain anonymous.  In the rare instances where resolving a violation involves court action, you may be required to testify in court even though you requested anonymity.  However, short of court actions, City staff will not disclose your identity and any documents regarding the investigation and actions taken will not include your name.

Where can I get a complaint form?

Citizens Action Request (CAR) Forms can be found on the City’s web site at www.cityofmillwood.org. The form may be downloaded from the web site, completed, and then dropped off, faxed or mailed to City Hall.  Staff can also provide the form and accept completed forms at the service counters at City Hall.

What is the City's process for handling complaints?

Once a signed, written, complaint has been received, the Code Compliance Officer will investigate to see if a code violation exists. Often times, in order to make this determination, the Code Compliance Officer will contact the property owner or tenant by phone, letter, or in person. Once a violation is determined to exist, the Code Compliance Officer will work with the property owner or tenant to resolve the issue. Depending on the gravity of the violation, the Code Compliance Officer may send out a warning notice, or a notice and order.

 

Who is the Code Compliance Officer?

Bill Schultz is the Code Compliance Officer.  He can be reached by telephone at (509) 924-0960  or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

What if someone complains about my property and I receive a Warning or a Notice and Order?

Bringing properties into compliance once a violation is confirmed is the highest priority. The Code Compliance service program is not funded by fines or penalties.  City staff is very willing to work with property owners to achieve compliance.  In cases where compliance can be achieved by allowing additional time to resolve a violation, the CCO is happy to discuss time extensions.  However, the person responsible for the violation must contact the Code Compliance Officer directly to work out arrangements by telephone or email.

Who do I talk to about other issues?

If the Code Compliance Officer cannot help you with your issue, they can refer you to other agencies.  Here is a list of common issues and who to contact about them:

 

Complaint Referral Guide

CONTACT

PHONE

Emergencies/Criminal Complaints

Spokane County Emergency

911

Vehicles abandoned in the street

Crime Check

456-2233

Noise complaints outside of regular business hours (on weekends and after 4:00 PM but before 7:00 AM weekdays)

Crime Check

456-2233

Barking dogs and other small domestic animals issues (dogs, cats, etc.)

Spokane County Animal Control

477-2532

Landlord/Tenant disputes

NW Justice League

NW Fair Housing

1-888-201-1014

325-3037

Sewer

City of Millwood

924-0960

Air Pollution

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency

477-4727