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Working in the Interest of the Community
Code compliance is a complaint-driven program responsible for enforcement of the building, zoning and nuisance codes of the City of Stanwood. It is committed to seeking voluntary compliance and cooperation in resolving code violation issues.
Code Compliance Officers often find themselves working as neighborhood mediators and liaisons between government and citizens. If at any point, the accused shows progress or appears to be coordinating efforts with the officer, timelines will be extended.
It is important to remember the delicate social issues at hand (cultural, financial, physical and mental health, and other similar issues). The ultimate goal, is to fix the violations and keep them from reoccurring in order to maintain and stabilize every neighborhood in the community.
Code Compliance Process
The City’s policy on Code Compliance is that it is complaint-driven. The City staff does not proactively enforce code violations unless life/safety issues are involved.
1. Code Complaint Form is received.
2. Code Compliance Officer conducts initial investigation and determines whether or not there is a violation of the Stanwood Municipal Code or other applicable regulation.
3. Code Compliance Officer notifies the property owner/tenant that a violation exists and the appropriate action required to correct the violation.
4. Code Compliance Officer notifies the complainant of action taken (if any).
5. If the violation is not corrected, a Notice of Violation and Order to Correct is issued. If the violation is still not corrected, fines of up to $ 500.00 per offense/per day may be assessed until the violation is corrected.
6. An appeal may be requested within 10 days of issuance.
7. Should the violation still fail to be corrected, the City may abate the violation and pursue legal action to recoup the costs incurred.