Planning & Development Services handles violations of Skagit County Code Titles 14, 15, and 16. Other departments are responsible for other types of violations:
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- construction without a permit
- grading, filling, and excavation
- fences and retaining walls on private property
- outside junk accumulation on private property
- zoning code violations
- illegal placement of mobile homes
- travel trailer and recreational vehicle violations
- critical areas and shoreline violations
- road maintenance
- abandoned vehicles within the right-of-way
- road and general drainage problems
- traffic signs and signals
- unauthorized signs or obstructions in the right-of-way
- fireworks (SCC Chapter 9.20)
- noise control (SCC Chapter 9.50)
- animal code violations (SCC Title 7)
- other public nuisances (SCC Title 9)
If you have a dispute with a neighbor about encroachment onto your property line, a landlord/tenant dispute, or other such private issue, you might contact the Volunteers of America's Dispute Resolution Center at 360-542-8487. Residents of Skagit County can use these services to inexpensively resolve a variety of private disputes.
About the Process
Planning & Development Services follows the procedures described in SCC Chapter 14.44. A typical code enforcement case follows the process below:
- A Request for Investigation (RFI) form is completed, providing details and location of the alleged code violation.
- The Department performs a site visit and takes pictures. If the code violation is confirmed the case continues, if not, the case may be closed as unfounded.
- The Department sends a contact letter to the property owner(s). The contact letter specifies the code violation(s) and remedies that must be implemented within a specified time frame.
- If the violation continues, the Department will issue an Administrative Order to Abate the Violation. Violations not resolved by the deadline specified in the order will accrue a minimum $100 per day fine.
- If the violation continues, the Department will record a Certificate of Non-Compliance against the property. This could make it difficult to sell the property or create a problem with the existing mortgage company.
- Continued property owner unresponsiveness or uncooperativeness will be referred to the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney.
At any time, the County and the property owner may enter into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement, where the County and the property owner agree, in writing, to the nature of the violations, the requirements for correction, and appropriate deadlines. A Voluntary Compliance Agreement is the preferred method of resolving code violations.
Planning & Development Services (“PDS”) does not automatically reply to those who submit Requests for Investigations. To get code enforcement updates, contact the Department.