Code Enforcement


NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY IMPROVEMENTS COMING JANUARY 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, neighborhoods within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) will benefit from enhanced county ordinances designed to help resolve livability issues. These include changes to the existing Towing and Parking Ordinance and the existing Chronic Nuisance Ordinance. Not sure if you live in the ESPD? Please visit Who Patrols My Neighborhood and enter your address to find out. Below is a summary of the upcoming changes.


Towing and Parking
If you notice any of the following violations, please call non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111.
  • No person shall use a vehicle or recreational vehicle for overnight lodging on a public right of way for a period in excess of 48 hours at the same location or within a two-mile radius of the same location.
  • No person shall park a recreational vehicle on a residential street within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District for a period in excess of four days (96 consecutive hours) in any 28-day period.
  • No person shall park a commercial vehicle, as that term is defined in ORS 801.208, on a residential street within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District.
  • No person shall park in front of the entrance of any place where mail is received or within ten feet of a mailbox during the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.
  • A vehicle shall not be parked on a public street or public right of way without license plates, with expired tags, with expired registration. or with expired temporary licensing permit.
  • No person shall park a vehicle in a manner which interferes with use of the right-of-way, the safe flow of traffic or obstructs the view of other drivers.
Chronic Nuisance
A "chronic nuisance" generally applies to unsavory behavior or potential criminal activity that impacts the livability of your community. We have included some common examples below. If you notice any of these nuisance behaviors in your area, or ANY kind of suspicious activity, please report it by calling non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111. Even if you are unsure whether you should report something, call anyways. No call is too small! 
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Discharge of a firearm
  • Noise disturbance
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Public indecency
  • Criminal mischief or graffiti
  • Prostitution or related offenses
  • Illegal gambling
  • Alcoholic liquor violations
  • Drug offenses
  • Endangering the welfare of a minor
  • Harrassment
  • Theft or ID theft
  • Animal abuse, neglect or abandonment
  • Creating a hazard (such as an open well/cistern/hole)
  • Assault, menacing or recklessly endangering
  • Domestic violence
  • Reckless driving, DUII or possession of a stolen vehicle




General Code Enforcement Resources

We enjoy a close partnership with other county departments that are responsible for enforcing Washington County code violations. To help residents access the appropriate resources and to assist in the problem-solving process, we have links below to county webpages with more information and online complaint forms.


Garbage, Weeds, or Noise

For complaints that include the accumulation of waste materials that are a public risk or that attract disease vectors (vermin), overgrown grass or weeds that present a fire hazard, or for noise complaints, please contact Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Services at (503) 846-3605.

 

Land Use Violations

For issues dealing with land use violations, such as unpermitted home businesses, excess vehicles, fence height, setbacks, and flood plain fill, please contact Current Planning Services at (503) 846-4875 (Current Planning).

 

Building Code Violations

If you have concerns about Building Code enforcement, to include abandoned, dangerous or dilapidated buildings, please contact Building Services at (503) 846-4875 (Current Planning).

 

Vehicles and Parking

Please visit our Vehicles and Parking page for general, county-wide information about Washington County Ordinance 737, Prohibited Parking. If you live in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, enhancements to the existing Towing and Parking Ordinance begin January 1, 2018. Visit the Vehicles and Parking page for more information about these changes.