Most people would agree: Edmonds is a great place to live. Its extensive park system, high standards of city services and beautiful waterfront contribute to Edmonds' quality of life.
Edmonds' regulations have evolved over the years in the form of Community Development (ECDC) and Municipal (ECC) Codes to help maintain that quality of life. Minimum standards set forth in the codes strive to balance the rights of the individual with the needs and rights of other citizens. Citizens typically become aware of code requirements when they feel something is negatively affecting their own home or neighborhood and they seek to change it.
The Code Enforcement Division of the City of Edmonds enforces regulations within the Edmonds City Code and the Community Development Code, generally through a complaint-generated system.
The Code Enforcement Inspector investigates complaints, educates citizens and works to resolve issues and achieve code compliance. If a violation occurs, the inspector will try to resolve it first through education, voluntary compliance and/or negotiation. If this proves unproductive, formal civil enforcement proceedings may begin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions relating to City Code enforcement.
Some common complaints:
- Garbage, litter, debris and appliances on private property
- Junk Vehicles
- Duplexes or accessory dwelling units developed without permits
- Clearing, filling or grading in a critical area (steep slope or shoreline)
- Home occupations or commercial activities in a residential zone
- Signs established without a permit
- Building, structures or uses in required setback areas
See Common Complaint Referrals for a comprehensive listing including phone numbers.
To report a suspected violation, please call or email the inspector (see phone number and e-mail address above). A Request for Code Enforcement Action form is also available below.
The Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County provides a proven method for resolving conflicts between neighbors or business owners. Typical cases include noisy neighbors, barking dogs, boundary line issues, property maintenance and more. Mediation can occur at any time during a code enforcement process or replace it entirely. You can find out more by contacting the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County at 425-339-1335 or www.voaww.org/drc.
- Requests for Code Enforcement Action can be made online here. If you would like to mail or fax your request in use the following form. Request for Code Enforcement Action Form
- Neighborhood Handout Request (sends an e-mail to request any of the following handouts)
The following handouts are available upon request and will be mailed to you. Please include your mailing address in the e-mail request. The underlined topics below link directly to the handout.
- Accessory Dwelling Units
- Checklist For Good Neighbors
- Clean Air - Puget Sound Clean Air
- Commercial Signs
- Dispute Resolution Center
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Home Occupations
- Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Junk Vehicles
- Mold - Tips on Prevention and Remediation
- Neighborhood Issues
- Nuisance Violations
- Pet Waste
- Rats - Let's Get Rid of Them
- Smoke - Wood/Chimney, Burn Smart
- Summary of the Residential Landlord-tenant Act of Washington
- Trees - Tree Cutting / Trees in Right-of-Way
- West Nile Virus
- City of Edmonds Online Code