Code Compliance is responsible for the preservation of neighborhood livability. This is done through education and enforcement of the municipal ordinance.
The Code Compliance Division is primarily oriented to ensuring public compliance with City ordinances and State codes, rules and similar regulations through negotiating voluntary compliance. Code Compliance staff may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Code Enforcement do?
Code Compliance investigates and, if needed, enforces the Milwaukie Municipal Ordinance. We will notify a property owner of the violation occurring on their property and work with them to bring the property into compliance. At times compliance is not reached and this may lead to enforcement. The enforcement can include a citation requiring appearance in Municipal Court. This citation may result in a civil penalty being imposed, (similar to a fine), and possibly the City abating the violation at the property owner's expense. In addition Code Enforcement is responsible for the downtown-parking program. This includes monitoring City-owned, or leased, parking lots and the on street parking in the downtown area for violations of the parking ordinance. If violations are found a parking citation will be issued.
What is a Code Violation?
A code violation is a condition or situation that is in violation of the Milwaukie Municipal Ordinance.
What are the most common types of violations ?
The majority of violations fall under our nuisance codes. Some examples of these would be:
A. Grass, thistles cockleburs, brambles, wild blackberry bushes, weeds or other noxious vegetation greater than eight inches in height, that have gone to seed or that are a fire hazard.
B. No person may throw, dump or deposit upon public or private property any injurious or offensive substance or any kind of rubbish, trash, debris or refuse which would mar the appearance, create a stench or detract from the cleanliness or safety of such property, or would be likely to injure an animal, vehicle or person traveling upon a public way.
C. No person may compost materials which either cause offensive odors, or create a health hazard, or are capable of attracting or providing food for potential disease carriers such as birds, rodents, flies or other vectors.
E. It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any real property in the city to permit any tree, shrub or any fixed object located on the real property or the abutting right-of-way to overhang any sidewalk within the city at a height of less than eight feet; or to overhang any other traveled portion of any street within the city at a height of less than twelve feet. Trees, shrubs and any growth or fixed objects which are not trimmed or placed so as to meet the above specifications shall be deemed to present an unreasonable risk of harm to persons or property.
F. No person shall maintain, or allow to exist on property which they own or which is in their possession or control, trees, shrubs, hedges or other vegetation or projecting overhanging limbs thereof, which obstruct the view necessary for safe operation of motor vehicles or otherwise cause danger to the public in the use of city streets. It shall be the duty of the person who owns, possesses or controls the property to remove or trim and keep trimmed any obstructions to the view.
G. A clear vision area shall be maintained on the corners of all property adjacent to an intersection as provided by Section 12.24.040.
H. A clear vision area shall contain no planting, fence, wall, structure or temporary or permanent obstruction, except for an occasional utility pole or tree, exceeding thirty inches in height, measured from the top of the curb, or where no curb exists, from the street centerline grade. Trees exceeding this height may be located in this area; provided, all branches and foliage are removed to the height of eight feet above the grade. Open wire fencing that does not obscure sight more than ten percent is allowed to a maximum height of six feet.
Can I remain anonymous?
The only necessary information for an anonymous complaint is the site address of the alleged violation. We cannot guarantee anonymity to any complainant that provides their name, address and/or phone number.
In general, we can be more effective in our investigation if the complainant does provide their name, address, and/or phone number.