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Spring cleaning right around the corner

Now is a great time to get a head start on spring cleaning. Code enforcement complaints received by my office have dropped significantly due to weather conditions and holiday activities. If you have noticed a potential violation in your neighborhood, now is the time to file a complaint so that we can work with the property owner to come to a resolution.

When you file a code enforcement complaint, a case is opened and an officer performs an inspection of the property in question. If a violation exists, we provide a notice of violation (NOV) to the property owner to let them know about the problem and any potential penalties for failing to come into compliance. The NOV also provides a compliance deadline (often 15 days from the date of posting). Our goal is to achieve voluntary compliance, not to penalize or write tickets, so we include information in all of our NOV’s outlining resources available to help property owner clean up or rehabilitate their property. Our voluntary compliance rate is 93% because of these efforts!

We need to receive complaints so we can get this process started and help you and your neighbors keep your neighborhood clean. Code violations lead to general degradation of neighborhoods and declining property values. In some cases, they can also be severe risks to public health and safety.

Download our complaint form by following this link: Complaint Form

Learn more about the different types of code violations by inviting us to your neighborhood council meeting or visiting our website:

Or call 509- 625-6734.

Via e-mail from Jonathan Mallahan in the neighborhood services office

Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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