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City Hall
P.O. Box 257 (mailing)
1812 Main St. (physical)
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Code Enforcement
Overview
This department is primarily responsible for enforcing various chapters of the Lake Stevens Municipal Code that address public health and safety as well as quality of life issues. These complaints are sometimes handled conjointly with other City departments and local agencies.

To report violations use our online Code Compliance Form.

Some of the essential duties of this office include:
  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Accumulations of Trash & Junk
  • Animal Control
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Lost / Found Property
  • Noise Violations
  • Nuisance Vehicles / Vehicle Repair
  • Parking Violations

In addition to the above-listed duties, this position provides a support service to patrol and may be called upon to assist in many other functions including, but not limited to: traffic control, crime scene assistance, and miscellaneous report taking.

Common Sources of Nuisance Complaints

Odor Complaints
  • The city of Lake Stevens has been working in partnership with and is authorized and trained by the Puget Clean Air Agency to respond to local odor complaints.  It is important to report odor complaints as soon as possible.  Odor complaints can be difficult to investigate due to duration of odor and weather conditions.  Documenting odor issues immediately helps staff identify the source of an odor violation and recommend corrective actions for any continuing issues. 
  • If you are experiencing a noxious odor, call the LAKE STEVENS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 911 immediately to register odor complaints.
  • After reporting the violation, please complete the Odor Complaint Form.
  • For additional information, please review the Odor Complaint Reporting Procedures.

Trash & Junk
  • Accumulations of trash or broken or decrepit items are prohibited
  • Conditions which, due to lack of maintenance or cleanliness, could potentially attract, harbor, or cause the infestation of pests is prohibited.

Vehicles & Machinery
Any vehicle that is stored in view of neighboring public and/or private property must be mechanically able to operate on a public roadway and legally able to operate on a public roadway (including current tabs). All vehicles must be kept free from the accumulation of natural debris so as to not appear abandoned.

The following are prohibited in residential neighborhoods: 
  • Accumulations of machinery or parts visible to other properties 
  • Repairing more than one vehicle at a time 
  • Allowing vehicle fluids to enter any water or sewer system or cause a potential health or safety concern
  • Working on vehicles that are not registered to an owner / occupant of the property
  • Vehicles left unattended on temporary blocks or jacks
  • RVs, boats, occasional use vehicles not kept in a clean, safe manner or that cause the appearance of an accumulation of nuisance vehicles
  • Storage or repair of vehicles on public right of way 
  • Selling or displaying for sale more than four vehicles per year

Parking / Abandoned Vehicles 
  • All violations of state & city parking laws may be enforced.
  • Vehicles (RVs, boats, trailers, etc) may not be parked (stored) on city streets or rights of way for more than 72 hours. Vehicles found to be in violation of this law may be towed and / or the owner may be cited. It is unlawful to periodically move a vehicle from one location on public property to another location on public property in an effort to avoid compliance.

How Do I Report Violations?
  • Violations that are in progress and require a timely response are best handled by calling 911. This may include animals at large, noise complaints, animal bites, or other calls that may appear suspicious.
  • Code Violations such as unlawful dumping and nuisance vehicles which may not be resolved immediately are best reported by filling out the online complaint form listed above.