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Code Compliance

Our goal is to provide high quality and responsive code compliance services to maintain and enhance safety and general welfare. Our focus is on customer service and public awareness while respecting the property rights of our citizens.

We make every effort to respond to all the requests and complaints we receive in a timely manner. With a limited number of staff, requests and complaints are prioritized based on significance and severity. Those complaints that involve a public safety issue or environmental hazard are first priority.

To report code violations please call (425) 295-0547

 

CONSTRUCTION HOURS PER CITY OF SAMMAMISH ORDINANCE 2013-353 (SMC 16.05.030)

No construction or associated noise is allowed outside of the following hours:

  1. Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  2. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  3. Sundays: No construction
  4. Holidays: No construction will be allowed on the following holidays – New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

To report construction or noise complaints outside of these hours call:

Non-emergency police 206-296-3311

Code Compliance Response Priorities

  • Life/safety violations will be responded to with or without a complaint. Life/safety violations are those that, in the opinion of the Code Compliance Officer, Building Official or Director could result in injury or create an unhealthy environment.
  • Specific Violations will be responded to on a “complaint-only” basis unless they are considered life/safety violations. Violations may be addressed without a complaint at the discretion of the Code Compliance Officer if they are discovered during the investigation of another compliant.

The Code Compliance Officer investigates complaints based on where they fall into three priority violation categories: high; medium and low priority.

Priority (1) –HIGH– Immediate health and /or safety violation includes:
  • Unsafe/dangerous buildings and/or equipment;
  • Improper storage of refrigerator/freezer;
  • Raw sewage on land.
Priority (2) -MEDIUM– Serious violation includes:
  • Building work without a permit;
  • Illegal clearing and grading without a permit;
  • Critical areas alterations;
  • Nuisance violations;
  • Illegal discharge into storm system;
  • Unauthorized development in shorelines of the state;
  • Signs with sight distance concerns.
Priority (3) –LOW– Minor violation includes:
  • Zoning which would include home occupation and setback requirements for structures;
  • Signs;
  • Right-of–way issues other than signs causing sight distance concerns and basketball stands.

Sign Code

Political Sign Brochure (PDF)

Real Estate Sign Brochure (PDF)

Typical code compliance violations

  • Building and Construction code.......Property maintenance code and dangerous buildings; work without permits include plumbing, mechanical, building, demolition, clear and grade; construction hours and lack of erosion and sediment control measures.
  • Critical areas alterations…..Clearing, tree removal and/or grading in a critical areas such as a wetlands, stream, steep slope etc.
  • Nuisance violations…… Improper storage of junk vehicles, debris, yard waste, trash, and obstructions in the right-of-way.
  • Zoning – home occupation; illegal setbacks, temporary use and conditional use permits; plat conditions. Signs and illegal vehicle parking on an unapproved impervious surface.
  • Storm water…..Illegal discharge into storm sewer or other conveyance.
  • Development or uses inconsistent with Shoreline Management Plan.

Right-of-Way Use

The city regularly receives complaints about items blocking the public right-of-way (ROW) which includes streets, cul-de-sacs, sidewalks, and gravel areas along roads. Responding to these relatively minor infractions takes time away from more serious violations, such as illegal tree cutting and building code violations.

Items illegally placed in the ROW may create a safety hazard. Vehicles are forced to swerve around them into oncoming traffic lanes, and pedestrians are forced off sidewalks into traffic when they have to avoid dumpsters or basketball hoops.

Our adopted public works standards and city codes do not allow any object in the public right-of-way. Portable basketball hoops, vehicles, recreational vehicles and boats are some of the most frequently offending items. These all need to be kept on private property.

Staff Contact

Carl de Simas, Code Compliance Officer, (425) 295-0547

Devany Lunde, Code Compliance Coordinator, (425) 295-0548