Overview of Code Enforcement
It is not uncommon for a Code Enforcement interaction to be a resident’s first association with the County. Counties adopt ordinances, rules and regulations that take into consideration the safety and well-being of the public. Code Enforcement Officers support and enhance quality of life, while working to keep homes and properties from becoming “eyesores”. Every community struggles with blight, trash, inoperable vehicles, etc., making Code Enforcement even more necessary to protect your property value.
The professionalism and approach of the Code Enforcement Officer has the potential to shape the community notion of local government and municipal experience. Building relationships and knowledge of the community is integral to a proactive and professional Code Enforcement approach. Through responsible ownership of properties and working together blight can be prevented in our neighborhoods.
It is our goal to make Washington County an attraction for future growth and keep our rural heritage alive and well recognized by those who visit or live in this great County.
Reporting Code Violations
Discreetly let the Washington County Code Enforcement Office know about code violations within the county.
Litter Dumping is Prohibited
Sec. 50-165. - Dumping litter prohibited.
Unless otherwise authorized by law or permit, it is unlawful for any person to dump, throw, discard, place, drop or deposit litter in any manner or amount: (1)In or on any public highway, road, street, alley, or thoroughfare, including any portion of the right-of-way thereof, or any other public lands or private lands, except in containers or areas lawfully provided therefor. When any litter is thrown or discarded from a motor vehicle, the operator or owner of the motor vehicle, or both, shall be deemed in violation of this division;(2)In or on any freshwater lake, river, canal, stream, or manmade pond. When any litter is thrown or discarded from a boat, the operator or owner of the boat, or both, shall be deemed in violation of this division. (Ord. No. 2007-5, § 5, 6-28-2007)
Sec. 50-174. - Penalties; enforcement.
It is imperative that the public understand that litter in any amount is illegal, and illegal dumping is a crime. Our County is working hard for its citizens to keep our County safe and beautiful. Please partner with us in doing so. If you are aware of illegal dumping, please notify your local Law Enforcement Agency as well as your local Code Enforcement Officer.
Property Lien Search Request
There is a $50.00 USD fee for a Property Lien Search Request per parcel to be conducted by Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Payment is required up front for each request by clicking here.