What is the City’s responsibility?

It is the responsibility of the Code Enforcement Unit to work in partnership with the people of Sultan to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. This department helps to maintain or improve the quality of our community in the following ways:

  1. We enforce laws and codes targeted to solve specific problems in Sultan communities, including:

  • Rubbish and nuisances;

  • Wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicles on private property;
    Violation of land use conditions;

  • Substandard or dangerous buildings;

  • Overgrown vegetations and vegetation which obstructs the public right of way;

  • Violation of handicapped accessibility regulations; and

  • Quality of life issues which affect residential zones.

  1. We work with residents, neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other City of Sultan departments to:

  • Facilitate voluntary compliance the City laws and codes;

  • Empower neighborhoods to participate in keeping problem areas cleaned up;

  • Develop ways to solve recurring problems and nuisances, involving representatives from all affected groups; and

  • Establish community priorities for cleanup projects.

Did you know…?

The following are violations if visible from a street, alley, or public or other private property in accordance with Sultan Municipal Code Title 8:

  • Junk, trash, litter, boxes, discarded lumber or salvage materials;

  • Attractive nuisances dangerous to children; broken equipment, discarded refrigerators; etc.

  • Broken or discarded furniture, household equipment or furnishings;

  • Dead, decayed, diseased or otherwise hazardous trees or vegetation;

  • Graffiti on a building, fence or other structure

  • Cars or Auto Coaches parked on the street for over 72 hours without moving; and

  • Cars or Auto Coaches parked on private property (unless lawfully stored under shelter).

What tools does the City use?

The City always strives to obtain voluntary compliance. Unless the matter is a life-safety issue, a Notice to Comply will be sent to the responsible party. This notice will include the issue which the city finds in violation and steps which need to be taken.

If an ordinance or regulation is being violated, Code Enforcement officer will issue a Violation Citation. The violation citation may be issued to the property owner or to the tenants/occupants, or to both.

The violation citation will describe the regulation that is being violated and the Corrective Action that needs to be taken. If the corrective action is completed by the date given, there will be no fines or penalties.

If the corrective action is not completed, the person(s) to whom the citation is directed must appear at a Hearing before the City’s Violations Hearing Examiner. Cost, fines and other penalties may be assessed at this time.

In addition, the violations hearing examiner may issue and Abatement Order requiring the work be completed by a specific date. If the work still isn’t done, the City can the take action against the violator.

This action may include the filing of Criminal Charges in Municipal Court or the City may also proceed by filing for Civil Relief in Superior Court.

Penalties will typically be increased for Repeat Violators.

If costs, penalties and costs of abatement are not paid, they can be collected in a variety of ways, including a Lien against the property.

How can I use the system?

If you are seeking relief from condition on a property in your community, there are a number of options available to you:

  • Make contact with the responsible person. Describe your perception of the problem. Discuss how the problem affects you and possible solutions.

  • Attend your Neighborhood Association Meetings; get involved with solving the problems. For information contact the City of Sultan Grants Department 360.793.1811.

  • File a complaint with Code Enforcement at 360.793.2272
  • File an online Code Enforcement Complaint- Click Here

 

  • Examples of Public Nuisances

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