The Code Enforcement Unit is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the City of Covington by providing effective public service in the enforcement of Building, Zoning and Public Nuisance Ordinances. The Code Enforcement staff are committed to working with both residences and businesses in a manner that is both professional and most effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Code Enforcement?
Code enforcement is responsible for enforcing codes which address public health and safety issues, including regulations related to rubbish, garbage, specific nuisances, removal of vegetation, zoning, housing, dangerous buildings, and inoperable and unlicensed vehicles on private property. Enforcement actions are taken both proactively and in response to requests for action received from citizens.
How do I notify the city of a possible code violation?
The best way to report a potential code violation is to complete a Covington Connects report online. Alternatively, you can come in person to city hall to speak with an employee and make a request for action, call the Code Enforcement Office at (253) 480-2448 and leave your information so the officer can call you back, or mail in a letter or printable form.
The request is then logged with a case number and your request will be investigated as soon as possible by the code enforcement officer and prioritized by seriousness of the complaint. Life/Safety issues take priority over nuisance complaints. All complaints are investigated to see if a violation of State, County or City Ordinances are violated.
What types of complaints does the code enforcement officer investigate?
- Substandard or dangerous buildings;
- Public nuisances such as trash, debris, inoperable & unlicensed vehicles on private property;
- Zoning and land use violations;
- Public Health hazards;
- Tall weeds & grass;
- Illegal buildings/structures;
- Illegal businesses (wrong zoning, no license);
- Illegal signs;
- Obstructions (visual);
- Noise (construction).
How does a complaint get processed?
If an ordinance or regulation is being violated, the Code Enforcement Officer will first send a Courtesy letter or a Correction Notice to the owner of the property and / or the tenant. The letter requests that the violation(s) be corrected within a certain amount of time, (depending on seriousness).
- If the violation(s) were not corrected within the designated time frame, the Code Enforcement Officer would then send a Notice of Violation, via certified mail, indicating that the violation(s) are to be corrected within a certain amount of time, along with outlines of the penalties for the violation. The notice of violation also includes a court date and a possible fine if not corrected before court. Appeals of a Notice of Violation shall be in accordance with CMC 1.30 and the City of Covington Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure.
- In addition, the city may get an Abatement Order requiring the violation to be corrected and a substandard lien may be placed on the property.