Code Enforcement

PDS Code Enforcement responds to citizen complaints about code violations in unincorporated Snohomish County for Planning & Development Services only. What type of code violations do we investigate? Some of the most common are building and clearing/grading without permits, work in critical areas, illegal businesses, and junkyard conditions. Please refer to the table below for an expanded list of common complaints that we receive and which departments or agencies handle them.

Good to Know

Code Enforcement works in the field. Unfortunately we are not always available in the office.


If you have questions about our process or need to file a complaint, please use the table below. If you have received a letter from Code Enforcement, need to speak with the Officer handling your case, or have questions about an invoice or monetary penalties, please contact your assigned Code Enforcement Officer directly to schedule an appointment.

Common Complaints

How to use this list


Use the alphabetical list below to determine which department or agency handles your concern. Links to online complaints forms and other helpful resources are included. The referral links are provided as a courtesy only. Please contact the recommended agency or department directly if you have questions or need additional assistance.


For Unincorporated Snohomish County Only


Is my complaint in unincorporated Snohomish County?
Before filing your investigation request, please verify that the violation address is within our jurisdiction for enforcement.

Address/parcel tools:

City Code Enforcement 

If the address of the violation is not within unincorporated Snohomish County, it may be under the jurisdiction of one of these cities.


Arlington | 360-403-3551

Bothell | 425-806-6400

Brier | 425-775-5440

Darrington | 360-436-1131

Edmonds  | 425-775-2525

Everett  | 425-257-8700

Gold Bar | 360-793-1101

Granite Falls | 360-691-6441

Index | (360) 793-2488

Lake Stevens | 425-622-9400

Lynnwood  | 425-670-5420

Marysville | 360-363-8379

Mill Creek  | 425-551-7254

Monroe | 360-863-4553

Mountlake Terrace | 425-670-8260

Mukilteo | (425) 263-8000

Snohomish | 360-568-3115

Stanwood | 360-454-5208

Sultan  | 360-793-2272

Tulalip Tribes | 360-716-4242

Woodway | 206-542-444


Alphabetical List

Where to report your complaint

Abandoned or parked cars, RVs, trailers, or other vehicles on the side of the road, in the Right of Way (ROW), or on the street.

Report to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Parking & Traffic Complaints

*If the incident is occurring now, call 911


Sheriff’s Non-Emergency line | 425-407-3999

Airport/airplane noise and low-flying aircraft

Report to:
Harvey Airfield | 360-568-1541
Paine Field | 425-388-5125

Air Quality

Report to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency | 800-552-3565:

Animals and wildlife

Report to:

Snohomish County Animal Services | 425-388-3440

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife | 360-902-2936, Option 1

Appeals – Code Enforcement violation appeals

Do not submit your code enforcement violation appeals to Code Enforcement. Please follow the instructions on the back of the Notice of Violation carefully.

 

Appeals must be submitted to:


Snohomish County Planning and Development Services

Attention: Appeals 

3000 Rockefeller Ave, M/S 604

Everett, WA 98201

Basketball hoops or other obstructions (overgrown bushes, etc.) on sidewalk

Report to Road Maintenance | 425-388-7500

 

For obstructions in the street blocking access, call 911.

Building code questions

Contact Ask Permit Tech

Building or construction without permits

FAQ
Permit Exemptions

 

Do they have a permit? Do I need a permit? Contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report building or construction without permit violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Burning and Smoke - outdoor (unincorporated Snohomish County only)

During burn bans, report to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency hotline at 800-595-4341
 
Additional resources and info for outdoor burning, contact PSCAA


Burn bans enacted by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for wildfire concerns and other information, visit DNR Burn Portal

 

Report to local Fire Department

 

Snohomish County Burn Permits

Businesses - illegal residential businesses and home occupations

See Assistance Bulletin #10

 

For code or permitting questions, contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report illegal residential business and home occupation violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Clearing and grading/land disturbing activities without permits

See Permit Exemptions and FAQ

 

For code, permit verification, and permitting questions, contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report clearing and grading/land disturbing violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Code, permitting, zoning, setback, building code, permit status, allowable use, etc. questions

Assistance Bulletins

Permit Exemptions
FAQ

 

For more detailed code or permitting information, contact Ask Permit Tech

Construction – complaints about residential or commercial construction projects that have current permits/inspections

Call 425-388-3311 and ask to speak with the assigned inspector for that project.

 

PDS Code Enforcement does not handle complaints against properties with current permits 

COVID-19 violations by individuals, groups, or businesses

Report to WA State (coronavirus response website)

Critical Area violations (flood hazard, shoreline)

Critical area code and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report critical area violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Dangerous Building Conditions – unsecured or broken windows and doors

Report dangerous building conditions violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Dispute Resolution and Mediation – neighbors, neighborhood, and landlord/tenant disputes

Contact Volunteers of America | 425-259-3191
Mediation
Dispute Resolution Center

Drainage

Report to Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management | 425-388-3464

 

For diverting water to an adjacent property onlyfile a complaint with us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Driveways, access roads - building or filling in right-of-way or creating a new access or driveway without permits

Code and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report driveway and access road violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Drugs or suspicious activity

Report to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Drug Task Force

Dumping

Report to:

  • In or near a body of water, call 425-388-6481 to reach Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management Division Water Quality Hotline.
  • Adjacent to a roadway, call 425-388-7500 to reach the County’s Road Maintenance Division.
  • On public or private property, call 425-339-5250 to reach Snohomish Health District.

Easements – disputes, someone using your easement

Civil IssuePDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters

 

Property documents – visit Auditor’s Office

Enforcement - PDS Code Enforcement process, team directory, FAQ, and complaint forms.

 

Good to Know: Code Enforcement works in the field. We’re not always available in the office. If you have been assigned a Code Enforcement Officer and need to speak with them in person, please call them to schedule an appointment. For other questions, please call 425-388-3650.

Complaints: All complaints must be submitted using our Investigation Request form. We are not able to accept or process complaints by phone, email, or fax due to disclosure laws and the public records retention rules and proceduresComplaints that are not submitted using our form cannot be processed.


FAQ - See Assistance Bulletin #51

 

Report violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

 

No Computer?
If you don’t have access to a computer, please download the form or call 425-388-3650 and leave us a voicemail with your name and address. We’ll send you a complaint form that you can mail back to us.

 

Letter or Notice of Violation
If you have received a letter or violation notice, please contact your assigned Code Enforcement Officer directly.

 

General Code Enforcement Questions & Coordinator: 425-388-3650

 

Code Enforcement Team


Code Enforcement Website

Fences

Civil Issue – spite fences, fence location disputes and property line disputes.

 

PDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters


Fence Permits
 

Fence Code Questions

Forest practices - DNR (harvesting timber, building or repairing forest roads or culverts, thinning your forest, or other forest practices) | County (Class IV permits)

See Department of Natural Resources

Check FPA permits

 

Snohomish County

See Assistance Bulletin #92 (Class IV Forest Practices – General Permit)


Code and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

Garbage and trash

Report to Snohomish Health District (425-339-5200) for:

  • Uncontained putrescible garbage or excessive amounts of animal waste that attracts flies or rodents
  • Illegal dumping on private or public property without the owner's permission
  • Burning of non-vegetative materials (can also be reported to local Fire Department)
  • Improper hazardous waste storage

Graffiti

Civil IssuePDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters

Hazardous or dangerous spills, leaking tanks

Report to Department of Ecology | 800-645-7911

 

If near water, report to Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management

Homeless encampments, squatters

Report to Sheriff’s Office of Neighborhoods

Junk, junkyard conditions on private property only 

 

See Dumping above for illegal dumping on public or private property, near/adjacent to water, or on roadway.

Snohomish County Code definition of “junk”

 

Report private property junkyard condition violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Landlord/Tenant disputes (including complaints about repairs or issues with the building, house, or apartment)

 

Report to Landlord/Tenant’s Union | 425-339-1335


Additional Landlord-Tenant Resources


VOAA Dispute Resolution Center

Light - bright light or light pollution

Residential
Civil IssuePDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters

 

Commercial/Business
Report business and commercial light pollution violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Mobile homes, illegal placement

See Assistance Bulletin #36


Mobile home code or permitting questions--contact Ask Permit Tech


Report illegal placement of mobile home violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Mold, pollution, or other environmental health issues

See Snohomish Health District for resources and referrals

Noise—public disturbance noise (construction noise, heavy machinery or truck noise, fireworks, revving engines, barking dogs, loud neighbors and music, car exhaust noise, etc.)

Call the Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency line at 425-407-3999


Allowable Daytime Hours:
 "Day" or "daytime," for the purposes of this chapter, means the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekends.


Definition of public disturbance noise

Noxious weeds

Report to Noxious Weed Control Board


Noxious Weed Information

Overgrown yards, bushes, and landscaping (see above for noxious weeds)

Civil IssuePDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters


See Sidewalks for overgrown bushes, trees, or other obstructions on sidewalk

Parking (on side of street or on street), in fire lanes on County roads, or traffic complaints is handled by the Sheriff’s Office

Report parking on side of street/on street and in fire lanes on County roads to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Parking & Traffic Complaints


For parking in fire lanes on a private road within a development only, report violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Permits – Do they have a permit? Permit status and other permitting questions

Assistance Bulletins

Permit Exemptions
FAQ

 

Do they have a permit? Use our PDS Map Portal to see permits by property address


For more detailed code and permitting information, contact Ask Permit Tech

Property line, easement, and private road disputes

 

Civil Issue - PDS Code Enforcement does not handle civil matters

Public road maintenance issues

Report to Public Works Road Maintenance

Retaining walls, without permits

See Retaining Walls Assistance Bulletin #40

 

Retaining wall code questions and permitting—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report retaining wall violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Right-of-Way - structures in the right-of-way, including signs, fences, retaining walls, landscaping, etc.

Report to Public Works Right-of-Way | 425-388-6453

Road flooding/drainage/water on the road

Report to Public Works Road Maintenance | 425-388-7500

Rodents and pests

See Snohomish Health District for resources and referrals

 

PDS Code Enforcement does not handle complaints about rodents or pests

RVs (recreational vehicles) and travel trailers - occupied or multiple RV’s on property

See RV Assistance Bulletin #53

 

RV code questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report RV and travel trailer violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Septic systems – code questions, permits, complaints

 

Note: PDS Code Enforcement does not handle complaints about any aspect of septic systems or septic permits.

Permitting and complaints—report/contact Snohomish Health District | 425-339-5200

Sidewalks – overgrown bushes or trees obstructing the sidewalk, other obstructions on sidewalk

Report to Road Maintenance at 425-388-7500

Setback - building setback violations

Setback, zoning, and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report setback violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Signs, illegally placed or oversize commercial signs (not parking or street signs)

Commercial sign code and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech


Report violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

Storm drains – illegal connection, maintenance, drainage, and more

Contact/report to Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management | 425-388-3464

Street lights—outages

Report to PUD | 425-783-1000

Traffic signals, street signs, and more

 

See Snohomish County Public Works Roads FAQ | 425-388-6420

 

Traffic lights and street lights - questions and comments—Public Works

Trees – Hazardous trees, tree code and permitting questions

See Hazardous Trees Assistance Bulletin #52

Hazardous tree or tree code and permitting questions - contact Ask Permit Tech

 

PDS Code Enforcement does not handle complaints or questions about hazardous trees

Trespassing—criminal trespassing, someone doing work on your property without your permission

Report to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Water quality – turbid discharge, oil or chemical spills to surface waters or storm drains, and sewage or manure discharges to surface waters

Report to  Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management | 425-388-3464


Report to WA State Department of Ecology | 800-645-7911

Water retention or runoff, retention ponds

Report to Conservation and Natural Resources Surface Water Management | 425-388-3464

Water Withdrawal – use of surface water for irrigation or other uses

Report to WA State Department of Ecology | 800-645-7911

Zoning Violations

 

Zoning code and permitting questions—contact Ask Permit Tech

 

Report zoning violations to us using the PDS Code Enforcement form

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Snohomish County

PDS Code Enforcement Team


Good to Know: Code Enforcement works in the field. We’re not always available in the office. If you have been assigned a Code Enforcement Officer and need to speak with us in person, please call directly to schedule an appointment. For other questions, please visit our website or call 425-388-3650.


Code Enforcement Team


Code Enforcement Website


FAQ - See Assistance Bulletin #51


Online Complaint Form


Download Complaint Form


Download Who to Call

Common Complaints and who handles them.


General Code Enforcement Questions & Coordinator

425-388-3650


Letter, invoice, or Notice of Violation

If you have received correspondence from our team, please contact your assigned Code Enforcement Officer noted in the letter. If you need assistance, call 425-388-3650.


Complaints

  • All complaints must be submitted using our Investigation Request form. 
  • We are not able to accept or process complaints by phone, email, or fax due to disclosure laws and the public records retention rules and procedures 
  • Complaints that are not submitted using our form cannot be processed. 
  • An exact street address or parcel number is required.
  • Submit one complaint per address/parcel number.

No Computer?

If you don’t have access to a computer, please download the form or call 425-388-3650 and leave us a voicemail with your name and address. We’ll send you a complaint form to mail back to us.